Andrew Weber, former Texas First Assistant Attorney General to Attorney General, now Texas Governor Greg Abbott, is a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. Mr. Weber chairs the firm’s Public Law Practice, assisting all other practice groups whose clients need help navigating the intersection of law, policy and politics at the Legislature and before State agencies.
When Governor Abbott, then Texas Attorney General, promoted Mr. Weber to First Assistant in 2008, he explained “An outstanding lawyer and experienced manager, Andrew Weber is uniquely qualified to serve as First Assistant Attorney General. Andrew is a legal scholar who brings a wealth of public service and private sector expertise to his new leadership role. After more than a year as the Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel and seven years at the Texas Supreme Court, including four years as the high court’s chief administrator, Andrew is well prepared to help lead the Office of the Attorney General.”
Kelly Hart welcomed Mr. Weber back to the firm in 2010 to create and chair the firm’s Public Law practice group.
Mr. Weber received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from SMU in Dallas. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Baylor Law School, where he served as the Symposium Editor of the Baylor Law Review and a member of the Order of the Barristers. In addition to his service at the Office of Attorney General, Mr. Weber has served as Briefing Attorney to then-Justice Greg Abbott, Staff Attorney to then-Justice Priscilla Owen, and Clerk of the Texas Supreme Court.
Experience and highlights
Government Law: As a Texas Supreme Court law clerk and staff attorney, Mr. Weber assisted in drafting opinions and divining legislative intent. As Clerk of the Court, he and his staff provided the Court’s public face, fielding calls and processing myriad motions on the Court’s behalf, and speaking at CLEs throughout Texas.
As Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel, Mr. Weber served as general counsel to then Attorney General Abbott and managed six divisions including opinions, open records and public finance. As First Assistant Attorney General, he continued to provide legal counsel to Attorney General Abbott and managed day-to-day operations of all 4,000 employees (700-attorney) in the Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Weber also worked with other elected officials and state agencies executives and general counsels, to resolve or litigate complex legal disputes including those (1) between private parties and the State, (2) between state agencies, (3) between the State and other states, and (4) between the State and the federal government.
- Our most successful public law matters are resolved without fanfare
- All Attorney General opinions from Fall 2007 through July 2010
- Civil appeal matters in state and federal courts, particularly the Texas Supreme Court
Affiliations and honors
- Austin Bar Association
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Long Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Trustees
- Friends of Blue Hole Foundation, Board President
- Scottish Rite Dormitory, Executive Committee
- Texas Advocacy Project, Board Member
- Texas First Assistant Attorney General, Former
- Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, 2006-2015
- Capitol of Texas Rotary Club, Former Treasurer
- Capitol Credit Union, Former Board Member
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2019
- Baylor University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
- Top 10%
- Baylor Law Review
- Order of Barristers
- President’s Award for Outstanding Second-Year Student
- Multiple American Jurisprudence Awards
- The University of Texas at Dallas, Teaching Certificate in Social Studies, 1979
- Southern Methodist University, B.A.S., 1976
- State Bar of Texas, 1996
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
- "Legislative Update--What the Legislature has Wrought: Vouchers, Guns, and Bathrooms--Where Can We Find Sanctuary?" UT Law CLE 27th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals (2017)
- Featured Speaker, 2017 Corporate Counsel Institute hosted by The University of Texas School of Law.
- UT Public School Law CLE - Open Records, Open Meetings (2012)
- Supreme Court Update Papers and numerous MCLE papers/speeches, 1999 to 2002
- C. Andrew Weber & Jennifer Hodgkins, “Environmental Law, Fifth Circuit Survey,” 31 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 629 (2000)
- Sally Longroy & C. Andrew Weber, “Environmental Law, Fifth Circuit Survey,” 30 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 667 (1999)
- Andrew Weber & Kristin O’Neal, Comment, “Procedural Problems Under the Texas Administrative Procedure Act When Securing Judicial Review of Contested Case Decisions or Orders,” 48 Baylor L. Rev. 883 (1996)