Louis T. Rosenberg, the Firm's Sole Shareholder and Senior Attorney, has practiced law for 37 years and has served as counsel for water districts, a groundwater district, investor-owned water companies, municipalities, and rural associations, corporations in Alabama, Texas, California, Mississippi, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Tennessee. During the last twenty years, the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg, P.C. has represented public districts in the capacity of general counsel, special counsel and litigation. Counsel included matters regarding Board governance, voting rights, redistricting, election law, open meetings and open records law, employment and personnel matters, formulation of district policy and ethics. He has negotiated and drafted public agency interlocal agreements, litigated construction issues, purchasing, employment, consulting, and a variety of other contract instruments. Our Firm closely coordinates with other client professionals including CPAs, Engineers and Financial Advisors to advance our clients’ interests.
Client responsibilities have included regional water system governance and infrastructure development in Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama. Activity includes system acquisitions, permitting, groundwater regulation, technology, and regulatory hearings. He has negotiated water purchase agreements, conversion of irrigation water rights to municipal and industrial water uses, including legal assessment of domestic water use alternatives in The Imperial Valley, California. He has assessed operational structures, state water laws and regulations, and audited contractual requirements for Texarkana (Texas and Arkansas) Water Utilities. Mr. Rosenberg served as General Counsel for the creation of Canyon Regional Water Authority, a statutory regional water district created under art. XVI, §59 of the Texas Constitution now consisting of eleven (11) entities. Building on experience from Texas, Mr. Rosenberg was active in development and incorporation of the Neuse Regional Water and Services Authority, Kinston, North Carolina. Mr. Rosenberg has served as Canyon Regional Water Authority’s General Counsel since its formation as a non-profit water supply corporation in 1988 (before its creation as a public district).
Mr. Rosenberg is recognized as an expert on 7 U.S.C. Section 1926(b) which provides financing and territorial protection for qualified rural water systems. He has addressed the national and state rural water associations on the subject and has provided counsel to numerous municipal and rural organizations financed through USDA, Rural Development. He has litigated 1926(b) water service issues before Federal and State courts, including Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on behalf of 1926(b) retail water providers.
Mr. Rosenberg is a Member of the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers (Associate Member) and numerous water interest groups. He has been a guest speaker at continuing legal courses and state and national water associations conferences, including AWWA management seminars lecturing in areas of environment, water and endangered species law. Mr. Rosenberg also participated as a topical speaker for the Texas Bar CLE, San Antonio, Texas, “The Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas 2004,” and appeared on the §1926(b) panel of the October 2006 National Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas. He was a speaker at the North Carolina Rural Water Association 2007 Annual Conference on the topic of “Why Good Management Practices Prevent and/or Support Board Litigation Strategies.” He has authored a chapter on Texas State Water Planning for an upcoming Texas Bar CLE Water Law book for publication in 2009. Mr. Rosenberg was a speaker at the Texas Rural Water Association Annual Conference, March 14, 2008, on the topic “Eminent Domain – The KISS Program for Condemnor and Property Owners.” Mr. Rosenberg was a speaker at the North Carolina Rural Water Association 2008 Annual Conference, May 14-16, 2008 on the topic of “How to Keep Your Utility Out of the Subprime Crisis (and You Out of Court).” In the Fall of 2008, Mr. Rosenberg presented at CLE International’s Water Law Seminar, and as a result, has been requested to do so again in September, 2009.
Mr. Rosenberg graduated from Trinity University (with a B.S. in government) where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, U.S. Army. He enrolled in a Masters Degree program at American University in Washington, D.C. While enrolled at American University, Mr. Rosenberg served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. Upon call to Duty, assignments included Fort Wainwright, Alaska, the Old Guard, Ft. Meyer, Virginia and 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi and Parrots Peak Combat Zone,Vietnam, completing 5 years of active duty in March 1968 as a Captain.
Returning to San Antonio in 1968, following release from the Army, Mr. Rosenberg attended St. Mary’s Law School and concurrently served as Assistant to the General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority. His management assignments included interagency coordination of area-wide flood control projects and conduct of San Antonio River Authority’s (SARA) Elections for the Board in the 4-County SARA District. Upon law school graduation in December 1971, Mr. Rosenberg entered into private practice of law and to this date has maintained his interest in board governance, water, resources and public policy law issues. (See Attorney Resume). Download V-Card