Partner and General Counsel
Snapper Carr is widely recognized among legislators and industry representatives as an expert on municipal, telecommunications and utilities issues. As the company’s general counsel, Carr represents the needs of local governments before the Texas Legislature and helps private-sector clients understand and navigate local government processes.
Before becoming a partner in Focused Advocacy, Carr served as general counsel and consultant for HillCo Partners, a legislative and public affairs consulting firm, from 2006 through 2009. During his time at HillCo, Carr assisted in the drafting and passage of more than 100 statutory changes, including historic legislation regarding water regulations and supply. Carr was responsible for managing and developing an extensive public and private sector client base that relied on his extensive knowledge and capabilities to effectuate significant public policy changes.
From 1998 - 2006, Carr held the position of legislative counsel and associate for the Texas Municipal League (TML), representing municipal interests before state and federal legislative, administrative and judicial bodies. From 1994 to 1998, he was the chief committee clerk for two Texas House standing committees – the Committee on State Affairs and the Committee on Land and Resource Management. He also has provided media and issue consulting services for numerous political and public relations campaigns.
Carr has been the recipient of many professional and academic awards, including the prestigious James W. McGrew Research Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the Judge Susan Covington Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Work. He also was recognized as a finalist for the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Carr earned his J.D. and bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Texas at Austin.