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 member of the advisory board of the University of Texas School of Law Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. Mr. Wetsel currently teaches a seminar on Texas Wind Law. The course is one of the first of its kind in the United States and was initially taught by Professor Ernest E. Smith from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Wetsel and Steven K. DeWolf taught the class in the spring semesters of 2012, 2013, and 2014.
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. 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.