Austin is an attorney in Taft’s Environmental group. He advises clients across industries on complex environmental compliance, permitting, and litigation matters. Austin has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Taft, Austin was a litigator at a regional law firm with a focus on environmental, land use, and real estate law.
Austin earned his J.D., cum laude, from Belmont University College of Law. While in law school, he clerked for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and the Honorable Kelvin Jones of the Circuit Court of Davidson County. Austin also received a CALI Excellence Award in Environmental Law and served as an executive editor of the Belmont Law Review. His student note, “Death by Crosspollination: The Uncontrollable Natural Occurrence That Could Kill Organic Farming and the Legal Solutions to Save an Industry,” was published in the Belmont Law Review and was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association with the Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award. Austin earned his B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Ohio University.
CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Environmental Law, 2019
Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award, Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, 2019
All Service Areas
- Belmont University College of Law (2020)
Belmont Law Review, Executive Editor
- Ohio University (2016)
summa cum laude
B.A. – History
- State - Ohio
- State - Tennessee
Speeches and Publications
- Author, “Death by Crosspollination: The Uncontrollable Natural Occurrence That Could Kill Organic Farming and the Legal Solutions to Save an Industry,” Belmont Law Review (2019)
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Nashville Food Co-Op
- The Tomorrow Fund