Erik Avots joined the Texas Lobby Group in December of 2014 as a legal and policy analyst during the 84th legislative session. After passing the bar exam, Erik signed on full-time with the Texas Lobby Group as general counsel. As an attorney with the group, he provides legal analysis, drafts legislation, prepares legislative briefs, and conducts research on a broad variety of topics.
Prior to joining Texas Lobby Group, Erik was a legal intern at the Texas Attorney General’s office, working in the Environmental Protection Division. His work there included preparing a motion for summary judgment, drafting a legal memorandum regarding the scope of legislative immunity, and general research.
During law school, Erik was selected as a grant recipient by the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law (OGERL) Section of the State Bar of Texas to serve as a law clerk with the General Land Office (GLO). While at the GLO, Erik created a comprehensive journal chronologically explaining the interaction between legislation concerning mineral ownership on public land and Texas Supreme Court interpretations of those statutes. He also drafted several memoranda concerning the scope of the GLO’s fiduciary duty owed unto the Alamo.
Erik received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2015 where he was an Articles Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, Vice President of the Energy & Environmental Law Society, recipient of a scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and a Property class Teaching Assistant for Professor Marcilynn Burke. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a B.A. in Government and is a native of Temple, Texas.