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Alton J. Hall Jr.

Special Counsel

Diversity is crucial to the growth and health of the legal profession. Clients need their lawyers to be a fair representation of the community – to reflect the diverse populations of the communities they serve. I am proud to have created and led diverse teams of lawyers in providing the highest quality counsel and litigation skills.

Alton Hall has represented clients in civil litigation and regulatory matters for more than 30 years. He has advised clients on public utility issues since the mid-1980s. He has represented municipalities, industrial companies and gas utilities before state and federal commissions. Alton has extensive experience litigating rate cases and other matters, including more than 70 trials, before regulatory agencies, including numerous proceedings before the appellate courts. He advises on legislative and public policy issues related to public utilities, and he has litigated a wide variety of matters relating to electric utility deregulation.

Alton also represents public and private sector clients in complex commercial litigation, including environmental and toxic tort litigation and regulatory matters. He has represented numerous oil and gas companies in litigation matters ranging from oilfield contamination and underground storage tank disputes to royalty and other disputes. Alton has also advised clients in the home healthcare industry regarding ownership, partnership, civil fraud and regulatory matters.

Alton was one of the founders of one of the largest African-American owned law firms in the United States, Wickliff & Hall. He continues to bring to his practice deep knowledge of corporate culture, government culture and his clients’ needs for representation by lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

In every state in this country, there is some level of regulation of vital utilities such as electricity, water and gas. That regulation works for all stakeholders only when everyone is fairly represented and heard.

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, J.D., 1984
  • Carleton College, B.A., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Community Involvement

Alton serves as the General Counsel to the Texas Conference of Black Mayors. He previously served as General Counsel to the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, the community action agency for elderly and low-income persons in Harris County, Texas.

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyer® (By Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) - Commercial Litigation Since 2013

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Alton is an active member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, National Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

  • Successfully representing Fortune 500 and mid-size companies in commercial litigation matters, and representing clients in diverse industries, such as energy, petrochemical, automotive, banking, and other sectors.
  • Extensive litigation experience in the energy field, including a wide variety of matters relating to electric utility deregulation.
  • Having served on numerous bar and industry boards and committees, including the City of Houston Mayors’ Task Force for Electric System Reliability and the Texas Committee for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.