Jack M. Erskine Jr.

Jack M. Erskine Jr.

K&L Gates LLP

Recognized since 2012

Austin, Texas

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Government Relations Practice

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Government Relations Practice
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Mr. Erskine's practice with K&L Gates consists primarily of legislative representation and administrative law. He has successfully represented companies in the technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and service sectors in matters before the legislature and administrative agencies. He has advised companies on procurement matters as well as strategic planning. Mr. Erskine has a long history of involvement in the development of tax legislation, having been involved in all major tax debates dating back to 1977.

Mr. Erskine joined the firm in 1994 after seventeen years of service with Amoco Corporation as senior government affairs representative, where he was ultimately responsible for all legislative and political activities for the parent corporation and subsidiaries, including those involving exploration and production, refining and marketing, chemicals, pipeline, research and development, marine transport and waste disposal in Texas and New Mexico. From 1976-1978, he was an attorney in the state government affairs section of Dupont’s legal department. Mr. Erskine was also associated with Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, where he was responsible for legal and political issues involved in transportation and environmental planning studies.

Mr. Erskine’s practice with K&L Gates consists primarily of legislative representation and administrative law. He was instrumental in the formulation and passage of Proposition 2, which exempted pollution control equipment from property taxation. In addition to working with building the coalition that insured its passage by the legislature, he was deeply involved in the statewide campaign for voter approval.

He was also the architect of the Oil Field Clean-up Fund, which created an industry-supported fund that is dedicated to the plugging of the State’s 48,000 abandoned oil and gas wells and the sites upon which they are located. It has become the model legislation for the states and has been adopted in many jurisdictions since its passage in Texas.

Contact & Links


  • 2801 Vía Fortuna, Suite 650
    Austin, TX 78746


  • University of Houston , JD, graduated 1973
  • Texas Christian University, BA, graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Government Relations Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Government Relations Practice, Austin (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Government Relations Practice

"Honesty, integrity, and unique ability to dissect complex matters best describe Jack. He commands the highest level of respect amongst his peers and is well known throughout the legislative body."

"Mr. Erskine is one of the most knowledgeable, skillful, strategic, and well-connected government affairs experts in Texas. Everyone who is anyone in Austin's capitol building knows him and greets him warmly by his first name."

"My comments in references to Jack Erskine are solely in government relation interactions. Mr. Erskine and his staff in government relations were selected to represent our interests because the practice is balanced in working with both political parties. In addition, Jack has surrounded himself with staff knowledgeable in procurement, budget and the regulatory process. Jack is extremely knowledgeable of the legislative process and provides strategies to help us accomplish our legislative objectives."

"Jack Erskine is very knowledgeable and well connected at the Texas Capitol. I would recommend him, or any of his staff, to any company or association that does business in Texas or is seeking to do business in Texas."

- Brian Hawthorne (Texas Private Security Bureau - Texas Department of Public Safety), Austin, TX

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