Mr. Reilly is a partner of Potts & Reilly, LLP, and has practiced constitutional, administrative, land use, municipal, governmental, special district, legislative, ethics, business, campaign and election law for over twenty-four years.
Prior to becoming licensed as a lawyer, Mr. Reilly earned seven years of experience as a legislative aide at the Texas House of Representatives; this combined with his legal practice gives him over thirty years of experience with matters pertaining to Texas law and politics.
He holds an AV peer reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can earn in legal abilities and ethics.
He was elected three times to serve as Mayor of the City of Granite Shoals, Texas, a home rule municipality with approximately 5,000 residents. He now serves at that city's municipal judge. He also served as the acting staff attorney for the Trinity River Authority of Texas for over a year.
Noted as an “expert in Texas takings laws” by the Wall Street Journal in 1999, Mr. Reilly also has a keen interest in property rights, environmental and natural resource issues, and water law. Mr. Reilly was involved in the drafting and passage of the state's Private Real Property Preservation Act, which gave Texas property owners a new tool to preserve their rights.
He has handled cases from the simplest traffic violations to complex constitutional arguments before the state’s and nation’s highest courts. He has represented clients in various municipal courts, county courts, probate courts, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, Texas and United States District Courts, Texas and United States Courts of Appeal, and before the Texas and United States Supreme Courts.
While he was general counsel to the Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 (NW Austin MUD No. 1), he was involved in two significant cases. First was NW Austin MUD No. 1 v. Holder (No. 08-388), a case before the United States Supreme Court that resulted in the precedent-setting ruling that allowed the District to opt out from preclearance requirements of Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act. The second case, before the Third Court of Appeals of Texas, NW Austin MUD No. 1 v. City of Austin (No. 03-04-002-40CV), gave District taxpayers relief from excessive taxation from the City of Austin.
Mr. Reilly also represents officeholders, candidates and political action committees (PACs) concerning lobby, campaign and ethics laws, which frequently involve the parameters of protections guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In this role, Mr. Reilly has represented two state political parties in various ballot access cases in the state’s trial and appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court.