Cozen O’Connor: Simonet, Julia G.

Julia Gandara Simonet

Associate

Houston

(832) 214-3941

(832) 214-3905

Julia's practice involves all aspects of complex litigation, including advising and counseling clients in contractual disputes, real property, construction matters, wrongful death, personal injury and premises liability. She has represented a diverse set of clients comprising various commercial entities, trucking companies, hotels, landowners and telecommunications companies. Julia also has experience in regulation and litigation for utility and energy-related clients and has represented clients in state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings before the Public Utility Commission. 

Julia received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Texas. While at South Texas College of Law, Julia was a senior Langdell Scholar and received CALI awards in employment benefits law and insurance law. Julia was also one of 12 graduate students selected for the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program, a one-year interdisciplinary fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

Publications

Texas PUC to Submit Proposed Rules for Adoption [Utility, Environmental & Energy Alert]

January 29, 2015

In September 2014, responsibility for regulation of water and wastewater utilities was transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The transfer allows TCEQ to focus on its core environmental mission while taking advantage of PUC’s historic ratemaking expertise. The PUC originally regulated water and sewer rates, and the agency historically has regulated rates and services of electric and telecommunications companies in areas where competition was weak or nonexistent. According to Darryl Tietjen, director of Rate Regulation for the PUC, one of the basic objectives of the move is to make water regulation more consistent with the way electric utilities are regulated.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2014
  • University of Texas–Austin, B.A., 2011
  • Texas