Dane McKaughan is an Austin energy attorney who primarily focuses on litigation matters involving regulated entities, including gas utilities and pipelines, electric utilities and transmission providers. Mr. McKaughan has extensive experience representing clients before state regulators, such as the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas. He is board certified in administrative law.

Mr. McKaughan also acts as appellate counsel in administrative appeals from agency orders. He has served as lead counsel in more than 40 natural gas utility ratemaking proceedings, including full rate cases, cost of service adjustment (COSA) proceedings and Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP) proceedings.

In addition, Mr. McKaughan represents vertically integrated electric utilities in cost of service rate and fuel reconciliation proceedings, as well as distribution and transmission utilities in cost of service rate proceedings. He also acts as counsel for numerous commercial clients in state and federal courts.


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, M.P.A.
  • Austin College, B.A., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section; Environment, Energy, and Resources Section 
  • Austin Bar Association 
  • Austin Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Texas Bar College, Administrative and Public Law Section; Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Section; Public Utilities Section
  • Knights of the Symphony
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Energy Law, 2019, 2020
  • Top Energy Lawyers in the U.S., Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2015-2018
  • State Bar of Texas, Utility Law Section Council, 2015-Present