Roderick E. Wetsel

Roderick E. Wetsel

Managing Partner
Sweetwater, Texas

Roderick E. Wetsel is a founding partner at the firm of Wetsel, Carmichael & Allen, L.L.P. in Sweetwater, Texas where he has practiced law for 36 years. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Wetsel received a B.A. with high honors and special honors in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. In 1974, while earning his undergraduate degree, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He later received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977.

Mr. Wetsel is an Assistant Editor of the Texas Title Standards Joint Editorial Board, where he has served as a member since 1991. Mr. Wetsel was also a member of the Texas, Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Council from 2003 to 2006 and currently is a charter member of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, & Business.

Mr. Wetsel currently teaches Wind Law at the University of Texas School of Law where he has served as an adjunct professor since 2012. The course is one of the first of its kind in the United States.

In 2011, Mr. Wetsel co-authored the first treatise on Texas Wind Law with Professor Ernest E. Smith, Steven K. DeWolf, and Becky H. Diffen, which is published by LexisNexis and revised annually. In the 2015 edition, the title was changed to Wind Law to make the book more national in scope and is now co-authored by Wetsel along with Professor Ernest E. Smith, Becky Diffen, and Professor Melissa Powers. Additionally, Mr. Wetsel has written numerous other articles on wind energy as well as oil and gas law. He is a frequent speaker on wind energy issues throughout the United States.

Areas of Practice

  • Wind Law
  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1979


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1977
  • The University of Texas, Austin
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Special Honors in History
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • K.K. DiVivier and Roderick E. Wetsel, "Jousting at Windmills: When Wind Power Development Collides with Oil, Gas and Mineral Development," 55 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 9-1 (2009)
  • Co-Author with Steven K. DeWolf, “Ride Like the Wind: Selected Issues in Multi-Party Wind Lease Negotiations,” 1 Texas A&M Journal of Real Property Law 447-464 (2014)
  • Co-Author with Ernest Smith, Becky H. Diffen and Melissa Powers, Wind Law (published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015)
  • Co-Author with Becky H. Diffen, Lexis Practice Advisor Series – Texas Business & Commercial Fundamentals of Wind Leasing Transactions (published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015)

Representative Clients

  • Roscoe State Bank, Sweetwater, Roscoe and Bastrop, TX
  • BNB Renewables
  • Billie Hanks Enterprises, San Angelo, TX
  • EMA Electromechanics, LLC
  • Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, Inc.


  • Moderator, Renewable Energy Institute, "Severance of Wind Rights and Current Leasing Issues," University of Texas School of Law, January 28, 2013, Austin, Texas
  • Speaker/Co-Author, Texas Mineral Title Course, "Avoid Voidance - How to Draft Oil and Gas Legal Descriptions in Compliance with the Texas Statute of Frauds," The Center for American and International Law, May 2, 2013, Houston, Texas
  • Speaker/Co-Author, Wind Energy Law Symposium, "Selected Issues in Multi-Party Lease Negotiations," Texas A&M School of Law, November 15, 2013, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joe Wertz, "Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds," NPR telephone interview on August 4, 2014 (Published August 19, 2014)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Texas CLE Webcast, Wind Energy Law Update, "What it Takes to Put Together a Wind Energy Project," February 20, 2014, Austin, Texas

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nolan County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2012 - Present


  • English


  • Phi Beta Kappa