For 90 years, McGinnis Lochridge has served to protect the interests of our clients in continuously changing landscapes including cutting-edge technology, oil and gas litigation, regulatory matters and more. The quality of our work is reflected in our clients’ long-lasting loyalty and in our top-tier external rankings.
Carl Galant handles a diverse administrative and regulatory law practice with substantial expertise in electric energy, water, financial services and health care. Carl represents clients before the Texas Legislature and state and local regulatory bodies, in agency rulemakings and contested case proceedings, in state and federal courts, and in transactional matters. Carl’s litigation practice often begins as a matter before a governmental entity, such as an application for permit or rulemaking or investigation, which proceeds to trial court or administrative hearing litigation, and then to appeal. His experience representing clients through the entire administrative and civil process provides consistency and stability to clients, with more efficient representation should a matter reach appeal.
Prior to joining the firm, Carl was a law clerk for Justice Dale Wainwright at the Supreme Court of Texas. This experience has proven invaluable in his work with clients across a wide spectrum of appellate matters, which often begin as regulatory matters that proceed to motions practice, trial, and appeal.
Carl has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters service, (2013-2017).
Continuing the firm’s long tradition of activity before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), Carl represents electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, landowners, and business interests before the PUC. He has assisted clients in matters involving applications for Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCN), service area exceptions, service area disputes, and permission to implement new wholesale transmission rates. Carl has served as both lead and co-counsel in numerous contested case hearings, including matters involving transmission line cases and the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission-line projects. He also assists the firm's electric cooperative clients on a variety of matters ranging from regulatory compliance, corporate governance, privacy and data security, employment matters, and business transactions.
Carl has substantial experience representing landowners, businesses, and governmental entities in water permitting matters, water rights disputes, lease and sale transactions, and inverse condemnation proceedings. He has assisted clients in permitting disputes involving the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and numerous groundwater conservation districts across Texas at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels. Carl is a frequent speaker on water law topics and has participated in briefing the Supreme Court of Texas on cutting edge Texas water law issues, including matters relating to property rights, the authority of groundwater conservation districts, and the controversial intersection of water and oil and gas.
As legal counsel to an association of regulated consumer lenders, Carl has broad knowledge of federal and state regulations governing consumer lending. His experience includes compliance with industry-related laws, privacy and data security regulations, and consumer protection regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention rules, Risk-Based Pricing rules and various other regulations implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and Texas Finance Commission. Carl has also represented clients in rulemaking proceedings and has litigation experience dealing with fair debt collection and privacy matters.
Carl serves as regulatory and litigation counsel on a variety of healthcare matters. He represents both providers and insurers in rulemaking, licensure and compliance-related issues. He has assisted clients before numerous state boards and agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of the Attorney General, Office of Inspector General, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and Texas Medical Board. Carl also assists clients in developing compliance and audit programs and breach notification matters involving the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the HITECH Act, Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act, and the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act.