Marvin W. Jones



Marvin (Marty) W. Jones is an attorney with Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University School of Law with honors in 1977 where he served as editor-chief of the Baylor Law Review. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1986. In 2009, he was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to serve on the statewide Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals. He was re-appointed in 2012 and finished his term as its Chair. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the College of the State Bar of Texas. His practice includes litigation in a wide range of substantive areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, oil and gas, takings claims, and groundwater law. Over the past 45 years, he has tried over 100 jury cases to verdict. He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer and by The Best Lawyers of America for his work in civil litigation. He has served on the faculty at the Baylor Academy of the Advocate, School of Trial program at St. Andrews, Scotland since 2014.

Marty has extensive experience in groundwater issues, beginning in 2004 with the representation of Quixx Corporation, the owner of 100,000 acres of groundwater rights in the Texas Panhandle. He transitioned to representing T. Boone Pickens when Pickens bought those same rights, handling issues with permitting of those rights before the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District, the Texas Water Development Board and the TCEQ. That representation evolved into representing a large number of groundwater owners from the top of the Panhandle to Reeves County in West Texas, Victoria County in South Texas and Montgomery County on the Gulf Coast. Along with his son C. Brantley Jones, he has successfully prosecuted groundwater cases before the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The decisions in Coyote Lake Ranch v. City of Lubbock and Stratta et al v. Brazos County Groundwater Conservation District have been repeatedly cited and relied on by groundwater rights attorneys across the state. He is a frequent speaker and author on groundwater ownership, permitting and related subjects.

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