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Allison Elder

Allison Elder

Of Counsel
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  • University of Texas, Juris Doctorate (1990)

  • University of Texas, B.B.A., Finance / Honors Program – Cum Laude(1987)


  • Conservation Society of San Antonio – Board Member, (2005-2016, 2022-Present)

  • Texas Land Trust Council – Past Chair, (2011-2019, 2022-Present)

  • Mission Heritage Partners, the official friends group for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park – Past Chair, (2015-2022)

  • San Antonio Business Journal – Outstanding Lawyer, 2019

  • Leadership San Antonio Class 42 – Member, 2017

Allison’s practice focuses on conservation real estate and governance.

Allison has extensive experience representing clients in conservation easement matters as well as traditional real estate transactions. She has also developed expertise in best governance practices for non-profit and governmental entities through her professional work as well as her volunteer work over her 23 year career.

Prior to joining the firm, Allison served as the Director of Legal Services for the San Antonio River Authority. Her responsibilities at San Antonio River Authority included legal compliance in the areas of real estate, governance, environmental regulation, risk management and records retention. Prior to joining the River Authority, Allison was the Vice-President and General Counsel of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, a statewide private land conservation organization. She has also served as a Senior Attorney at the law firm of Braun & Gresham, and as Executive Director of Green Spaces Alliance.


  • Conservation Real Estate transactions
  • Non-profit and Governmental Business Counseling and General Services
  • Farm & Ranch Acquisitions / Dispositions


  • Represented multiple property owners in the sale and the donation of conservation easements throughout the Texas hill country and west Texas, with extensive experience in the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

  • Represented conservation easement holders in the establishment of donated and purchased conservation easements

  • Represented both buyers and sellers of property for conservation purposes

  • Successfully represented property owners in the establishment of mitigation banks

  • Provided business counseling to various non-profit entities related to governance, records management, parliamentary procedure and best practices

    Experienced counsel & exceptional service