Strickland_Wes_HIWes Strickland is an attorney in private practice at Holland & Knight LLP in Austin, Texas. He specializes in helping clients develop, acquire and monetize water resources and infrastructure. He commonly represents public and private corporations, government enterprises, investment funds and private water right holders. He has been involved in many of the largest and most significant water development projects in the United States for the past 20 years, across multiple states and regions, with a strong focus on California and Texas.

His projects include the development and adjudication of surface water and groundwater rights, water storage, interbasin transfers, water conservation and marketing, recycling and desalination.

Wes also focuses on the development of infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships. He has represented both public and private entities for the procurement, contracting and implementation of projects such as ports, bridges, highways, vertical real estate and water and wastewater treatment plants.

He is a regular writer and speaker on water resources and public-private partnerships. He serves as the United States legal columnist for Global Water Intelligence and is the author of this PrivateWaterLaw Blog and @PrivateWaterLaw.

Earlier in his career, he served as a captain and judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, where he handled water right matters for the western United States and the U.S. Department of Defense utilities privatization initiative.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1996
Yale University, B.A., 1993
Woodberry Forest School, Diploma, 1990


State of California
State of New York
State of Texas
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Regulatory Standards Committee
National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
National Association of Water Companies

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