H. Alan Carmichael

  • Managing Partner




Alan is a partner in the Sweetwater, Texas firm of Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, L.L.P.. Alan is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and, in addition to an active trial practice, represents landowners in wind, solar, oil and gas issues. Like his partner, Rod Wetsel, Alan is a frequent author and lecturer on renewable energy topics. Alan is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Director of the State Bar of Texas.

Alan attended Texas Tech University on a golf scholarship and lettered all four years. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Finance, Alan attended the Texas Tech Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. Following graduation, Alan practiced in Lubbock with the firm of McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf for twenty-three years before returning to his hometown of Sweetwater to join his long-time friend, Rod Wetsel, in the practice of law. Alan and his wife, Paula, a counselor for the Sweetwater ISD, have four children, Kristen, a pharmacist in Lubbock; Ryan, a resident in maxillofacial surgery at Baylor Medical in Dallas; Dane, a teacher and coach at Sweetwater ISD; and Dylan, a freshman at Texas Tech University. Alan and Paula also have two grandchildren, Jonathan and Sydney.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Wind Law
  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986

Bar Admissions

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


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • 1980
  • Texas Tech, Lubbock
    • B.B.A. - 1977

Published Works

  • Contributing Author, Ernest E. Smith, Roderick E. Wetsel, Becky H. Diffen, and Melissa Powers, Wind Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015)

Representative Cases

  • Rankin v. FPL Energy, LLC, 2009 Tex. LEXIS 138, 2009, Tex.
  • In re Amerisure Insurance Company , No. 11-13-00185-CV, 2013, Tex. App. Eastland
  • City of Anson v. Harper, 216 S.W.3d 384, 2006, Tex. App. Eastland

Representative Clients

  • Ludlum Measurements, Inc., Sweetwater, TX
  • Ocho Gin
  • Roscoe State Bank, Sweetwater, Roscoe and Bastrop, TX
  • Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development, Inc.
  • Texas Pacific Land Trust


  • Author/Speaker, 2009 Civil Law Seminar, “Texas Tax Abatements”, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, Dallas, Texas, May 27, 2009
  • Co-Author, Speaker, “Current Issues in Texas Wind Energy”, Midland and Ector County Bar Associations 2011 West Texas Seminar, Midland, Texas, February 2011
  • Speaker, “Wind Energy Leasing: Representing Landowner Interests”, AALA 32nd Annual Ag Law Symposium, Austin, Texas, October 2011
  • Speaker, “Wind Leasing From a Landowner’s Perspective”, Half Moon, LLC Utility-Scale Wind Energy Projects Conference, September 2012
  • Speaker, “10 ½ Most Important Wind Lease Clauses”, Texas Tech School of Law, April 2013
  • Speaker, “Earth, Wind & Fire: A Discussion of Current Trends and Issues in Water, Wind and Solar Leases”, Texas Bankers Association Real Estate, Oil & Gas Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2014
  • Speaker, “Ride Like the Wind: Selected Issues in Multi-Party Wind Lease Negotiations”, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, March 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer - Lubbock County, TX 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas – District 16, Present, Director
  • Nolan County and American Bar Associations
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • McClesky, Hariger, Brazill & Graf, Partner, 1980 to 2003


  • English


  • Phi Alpha Delta