Smith Robertson, Attorneys at Law

The law firm of Smith Robertson, LLP, founded in 2000, is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients in a professional and cost-efficient manner.

The law firm of Smith Robertson, LLP, founded in 2000, is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to its clients in a professional and cost-efficient manner.


David Hartman

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David Hartman, Partner

Natural Resources, Environment & Land Use Real Estate & Business

David Hartman has a diversified land use and real estate development practice, including experience in a broad range of land development permitting, entitlement, and natural resource issues. His practice focuses on the representation of clients in the areas of zoning, planning, and entitlements law, including representation before city councils, boards, commissions, and other governmental entities. His transactional practice includes representing clients in the acquisition, leasing, sale and development of real estate, and condominium creation and property owner association matters. He has worked on diverse real estate projects, including a variety of mixed use projects, apartments, hotels, office buildings, vacant land, and condominiums, among others. His practice encompasses environmental and regulatory compliance issues arising under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other natural resource regulatory matters. His ESA experience includes developing, implementing, and modifying individual and regional habitat conservation plans on behalf of public and private sector clients. He has extensive experience in all aspects of conservation transactions, including both fee title acquisitions and conservation easement conveyances, along with conservation banking and related funding mechanisms and programs for conservation acquisitions. Years of working in and around local, county, state, and federal governmental agencies and legislative bodies (both prior to and after obtaining his law degree) allows him to offer clients unique insights to their dealings with governmental entities and related regulatory matters.

  • Legislative Aide (Agriculture) to former U.S. House of Representatives House Agriculture Committee Chair Larry Combest, 1990-1991
  • Legislative Aide (Agriculture and Natural Resources) to former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, 1991 1996
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Member, American Bar Association: State & Local Government, Past Chair, Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee; Real Property; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Sections
  • Member, State Bar of Texas: Environmental and Natural Resources; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Sections
  • Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section, Past Chair Land Development Seminar
  • Real Estate Council of Austin: Board Member, 2003-07; Past Co-Chair, Legislative Committee and Chair, Transportation Committee; Austin Policy Committee member
  • Urban Land Institute, Austin District Council, Management Committee 2017-2018
  • Congress for New Urbanism, Central Texas Chapter Member
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, Board Member, 2017; Government Relations Council and HomePAC Trustee member; Steering Committee, Williamson County and Hays County Chapters
  • Downtown Austin Alliance Member
  • Central Texas CCIM Chapter, Board of Directors, 2005-06, Member
  • Texas Land Trust Council, Board Member (2010-2016), Governance Committee Chair
  • 2005, 2006 and 2007 Texas Monthly, Rising Star of Texas Law
  • 2005 Austin Under 40 Award, Real Estate
  • 2004 Austin Business Journal, Rising Star
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Texas A&M University
  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, 1988
  • M.S., Agricultural Policy, 1990
  • Author, Risky Business: Vested Real Property Development Rights - The Texas Experience and Proposals for the Texas Legislature to Improve Certainty in the Law, 30 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 299 (1999)
  • Co-author, Senate Bill 1 and Texas Water Rights, CLE International 2nd Annual Conference on Land Use Law, January 2000
  • Co-author, Legal Basics for Development Agreements, 32 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 4 (2001)
  • Co-author, A Practical Guide to Habitat Conservation Banking Law and Policy, Natural Resources & Environment (2005)
  • Speaker, Texas Land Trust Council, Statewide Land Conservation Conference
  • University of Texas Land Use Planning Law Conference, Planning Committee Member (2002- present), Speaker (2010, 2014)
  • Leadership Austin, Class of 2000-01
  • McBee Fellow, Austin Area Research Organization, 2008
  • Past Chair, Saint Mary Cathedral School Board