Thales Smith

Thales practices environmental, property, and administrative law to assist clients with matters ranging from oil-and-gas operations to conservation of land and water resources. He handles disputes before state agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Railroad Commission, and the General Land Office as well as appeals of agency decisions and original matters in district court and the courts of appeals.

Before joining McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, L.L.P., Thales worked in the Tax Litigation Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office where he litigated tax and administrative matters from the trial court to the Supreme Court of Texas. Before that, Thales clerked for the Honorable Debra H. Lehrmann of the Texas Supreme Court.

Thales holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law where he was a Teaching Quizmaster (a teaching assistant for the first-year writing course) and Co-President of the Environmental Law Society. He also served as an Articles and Notes Editor on the editorial board of the Texas Environmental Law Journal and worked in the law school’s Environmental Clinic and Supreme Court Clinic.

Thales enjoys playing disc golf, dancing to swing music, and reading the works of Texas regionalists such as John Graves and Leon Hale. He is also a classical guitarist.