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Wendall Corrigan Braniff
Of Counsel

Wendall Corrigan Braniff is an attorney whose legal expertise includes administrative, environmental, real estate, contracts, insurance and general business law.

Mrs. Braniff’s professional career began in 1971 as a licensed real estate agent, and later as a broker, marketing residential and commercial properties in the Austin area. She served as the Legislative Aide to the Harris County Delegation of the Texas Legislature from 1979-1985. In this role, she worked for 26 representatives and 8 senators from Harris County during four regular and three special sessions of the legislature.

Mrs. Braniff earned a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985 and began her law career as a solo practitioner focusing on commercial and multi-family real estate development. She has been involved in multi-million dollar real estate development projects from inception to closing, including formation of legal entities to acquire real property, negotiation and drafting of contracts, negotiation of utility contracts, platting approval, title issue resolution, and preparation and review of closing documents.

In 1987, Mrs. Braniff became an attorney for the Texas Water Commission, where she served as General Counsel to the Texas Water Well Drillers, coordinated the adoption of private sewage facility rules by 256 Texas counties, and provided legal services involving water rights adjudications, water quality permitting and enforcement, water utility rates, Certificates of Convenience and Necessity and reviewed and incorporated legislation into the Texas Administrative Code.

In 1991, Mrs. Braniff returned to private law practice with the Austin firm of Saegert, Angenend & Augustine, and in 1995, reopened her own offices, which were later merged into the Braniff Attorneys | Counselors law firm. Her legal representation included real estate, environmental, administrative and insurance clients. She has practiced before numerous state agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, State Office of Administrative Hearings, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Office of the Attorney General, Public Utility Commission of Texas, Railroad Commission of Texas, Board of Nurse Examiners, and Board of Medical Examiners.

In 2006, Mrs. Braniff was recruited to serve as General Counsel for the Texas Water Development Board, supervising a 12-member legal staff which provides legal support to 14 federal and state-appropriated financial assistance programs, manages a 5 billion dollar financial portfolio, and funds and oversees the State Water Plan. In 2007, she relocated to Houston and rejoined Braniff Attorneys | Counselors resuming her legal representation of real estate, environmental, administrative, and insurance clients.

In 2009, she was hired to serve as Director of the Insurance and Risk Management Center at the University of Houston Downtown where she manages and directs the academic program for the insurance and risk management degree. She develops operating revenues, hires and supervises faculty, recruits students, develops curriculum and internships, teaches courses and promotes the program and insurance and risk management industry.

Mrs. Braniff is currently Of Counsel to Braniff Attorneys | Counselors.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • General Business / Corporate Matters
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law / Legislative / Governmental
  • Environmental / Conservation / Water Utilities
  • Insurance / Risk Management

Memberships and Activities

  • State Bar of Texas, Environmental Law Journal, Editor Natural Resources
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society – Houston Chapter
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Houston
  • Social Work Advisory Council – University of Texas

Publications and Lectures

  • Texas Water Development Board – Necessary and Desirable Legislation – 80th Legislative Session, Austin Bar Association Administrative Law Section Seminar, Austin, February 9, 2007
  • The Regulatory Framework, Texas Practice Series: Environmental Law (West 2004) (with Heather Davis)
  • Legislative Intent Research: What did they mean and how do you prove it? Travis County Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Seminar, Austin, November 1996
  • Case Law Update: Recent TNRCC/Environmental Law Cases, Travis County Bar Association, 10th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Seminar, Austin, June, 1996
  • TNRCC’s New Approach to Air Quality Permits, Texas Lawyer – Environmental Law, Vol. 11, No. 20, July 31, 1995 (with Dr. Thomas Musta-Dydek)
  • Non-Municipal Water and Sewer Utility Negotiation and Drafting, Texas State Bar Association, 6th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Seminar, Houston, February, 1995
  • Water and Sewer Utility Negotiation for Developers, Travis County Bar Association, Land Development Seminar, Austin, 1994
  • EPA Stormwater Applicability and Permitting Procedures, Travis County Bar Association, Docket Call Seminar, Austin, 1993