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Amarillo Office

701 S. Taylor St., Suite #500

Amarillo, TX 79101


Marvin (Marty) W. Jones is a member of Sprouse Shrader Smith whose practice areas include complex commercial litigation of various sizes, power and utilities, and natural resources. He focuses on litigation in a wide range of substantive areas, including litigation against public utilities and in products liability, oil and gas, fiduciary, groundwater law, and insurance defense. Marty also has substantial experience in representing clients in matters relating to groundwater rights, including representing clients before groundwater districts, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).


  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Activities / Awards

  • Baylor Law Review, Editor-in-chief, 1977
  • Board of Disciplinary Appeals
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, board of directors
  • Texas Landowners Council, General Counsel
  • “Dealing with Ground Water Districts,” The Shifting Sands of the Water Law Practice (July 7, 2011)
  • 2011 Judicial College Paper: “Walking on Water” (April 14, 2011)
  • “The Consequences of NOT Altering “Geographic Area” Language in the Definition of DFCs” (January 2011)
  • TWCA Seminar: “Appealing DFCs” (January 27, 2011)
  • Public Policy Foundation, 9th Annual Policy Orientation (January 13, 2011)
  • “Challenging DFCs” (September 17, 2010)
  • HNRC Presentation (April 15, 2010)
  • 11th Changing Face of Water Rights Course: Overview of GMA Process (April 8, 2010)
  • Challenging DFCs Seminar Paper (January 20, 2010)
  • “Ownership of Groundwater: A Primer”
  • UT Water Law Seminar Paper (December 2009)
  • “The Ownership of Groundwater in Texas: A Contrived Battle for State Control of the Groundwater,” Baylor Law Review (2009)



  • Texas State Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas and District of Colorado


  • Baylor University School of Law, with honors, 1977
  • Baylor University, with honors, 1973


  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Practice Areas