Rob Killen

Rob Killen represents property owners, developers and various organizations in the San Antonio area on issues including zoning, vested rights, variances, annexation, tax abatements and the creation of special districts.

As an undergraduate at UTSA, Rob was actively involved in extracurricular activities, including serving as President of the Student Government and President of his fraternity chapter. In law school he was selected as Articles Editor of the law review and was elected President of the Phi Delta Phi chapter.

Rob served as the 2015 Chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was President of the UTSA Alumni Association from 2009 to 2011. He was a member of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Council from 2008 to 2014 and served on the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Executive Committee in 2016. He was the President of the Lead SA Board of Directors in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Rob currently serves as a member of the Witte Museum Board of Trustees and is the 2020 Chairman of the North Chamber Government Affairs Council.

In 2018 he was recognized by the State Bar of Texas for his article on new annexation laws. In 2017 Rob received the North Chamber’s Community Service Award at the Small Business Leaders Award ceremony. In 2016 he was honored as the UTSA Alumnus of the Year. Previous recognitions include the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and Outstanding Lawyer Award, as well as the North Chamber’s Young Professional Award for Professional Leadership.

Rob frequently speaks to community groups and business organizations about local politics, economic development, annexation and land use regulations. He also works with students and leadership development programs to foster the growth of the next generation of community leaders.

Undergraduate

  • UTSA (B.A., Political Science, 1997)

Activities & Honors

  • Student Government Association (President)
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity (President)
  • Campus Activities Board (Vice President)
  • University Life Awards (Findling Leadership Award)
  • Student Government Most Valuable Member
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Outstanding Service Award
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1996 & 1997)

Law School

  • University of Tulsa (J.D., with honors, 2001)

Activities & Honors

  • TULSA LAW REVIEW (Articles Editor)
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity (President)
  • CALI Award – Criminal Procedure
  • Author of “The Achilles Heel of Dress Codes: The Definition of Proper Attire in Public Schools”, TULSA LAW REVIEW (2001)

Community Activities

  • North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Board Chairman 2015), (Government Affairs Council Chair 2013, 2019, 2020)
  • LeadSA Board of Directors (President 2015, 2017-2018)
  • Witte Museum Board of Trustees (Trailblazers Luncheon Chair 2019)
  • Roadrunner Foundation Board of Directors (2017-2018)
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Executive Committee (2016)
  • SAMMinistries Board of Directors (Secretary 2017-2018)
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Council (2008-2014)
  • UTSA Alumni Association (President 2009-2011)
  • Real Estate Council of San Antonio Leadership Development Program (Legislative Day Committee Chair 2009-2019)
  • Bexar County Amateur Sports Facilities Committee (2007)
  • Lambda Chi Alpha San Antonio Alumni Association (President 2005-2006)
  • San Antonio Lawyer Editorial Board
  • University of Texas School of Law Land Use Conference Planning Team member

Honors

  • 2018 State Bar of Texas “Stars of Texas Award”
  • 2017 North San Antonio Chamber Small Business Leaders - Community Service Award
  • 2016 UTSA Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year
  • 2012 San Antonio Business Journal Outstanding Lawyer Award
  • 2010 North San Antonio Chamber Young Professional Award for Professional Leadership
  • 2008 San Antonio Business Journal 40 Under Forty
  • 2008 UTSA Alumni Association Board Member of the Year
  • 2007 Lambda Chi Alpha San Antonio Alumni Association Golden Lamp Award (Outstanding Member)
  • 2003 Lambda Chi Alpha UTSA Chapter – Golden Lion Award (Alumnus of the Year)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “City Hall Update”; San Antonio Auto Dealers Association (Dec. 16, 2019)
  • “City Hall Update”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 10, 2019)
  • “Annexations”; UT Land Use Conference (April 26, 2019)
  • “Petitions, Politics & Paid Sick Leave in San Antonio”; San Antonio Lawyer (March/April 2019)
  • “Future of Incentives and Abatements”; South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (Dec. 14, 2018)
  • “Development Agreements Between Municipalities and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (Dec. 12, 2018)
  • “Petitions, Politics & the November 6 Elections”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 5, 2018)
  • “New State Law Impacts Future San Antonio Annexations”; San Antonio Lawyer (March/April 2018)
  • “Development Agreements Between Municipalities and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (Dec. 19, 2017)
  • “Annexation & Infill Development”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 13, 2017)
  • “San Antonio City Hall Update”; San Antonio CPA Society Symposium (Oct. 26, 2017)
  • “City Hall Update”; San Antonio CPA Society Annual Meeting (May 19, 2017)
  • “Ethical Issues in Land Transaction and Development”; Land Laws Seminar (May 12, 2017)
  • “San Antonio Issues: Annexation & Sign Ordinance”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 7, 2016)
  • “Hot Topics at City Hall”; CCIM (September 29, 2016)
  • “Hot Topics at City Hall”; Governor’s Club (August 11, 2016)
  • “Development Agreements Between Municipalities and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (July 27, 2016)
  • “2016 City of San Antonio Issue Forecast”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 16, 2015)
  • “Advanced Vested Rights: Recent Issues”; UT Land Use Conference (March 27, 2015)
  • “Development Agreements Between Public and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (March 11, 2015)
  • “2014 City of San Antonio Issues – Year in Review”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 11, 2014)
  • “Municipal Infrastructure Funding: Overcoming Legal Challenges – Exactions & Impact Fees” (July 24, 2014)
  • “Economic Development Incentives”; South Texas Commercial Association of REALTORS (Oct. 18, 2013)
  • “Development Agreements Between Public and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (Sept. 18, 2013)
  • “The 2013 Texas Legislative Session and Bills Affecting San Antonio”; San Antonio Lawyer (July/Aug. 2013)
  • “San Antonio City Hall Update”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (December 5, 2012)
  • “Zoning Rights: The Wal-Mart & Pecan Valley Zoning Cases”; San Antonio Lawyer (Nov./Dec. 2012)
  • “Effective Use of Association Resources to Impact the Local Political Process”, PEPP – Bexar (Sept. 26, 2012)
  • “Development Agreements Between Public and Private Parties”; Strafford Webinar (Aug. 9, 2012)
  • “Doing the Deal” (Development Agreements Panel); UT Land Use Conference (March 22, 2012)
  • “Building Relationships with Clients & Vendors Panel”; CORFAC Conference (March 9, 2012)
  • “Impact Fees in Texas”; Association of Hispanic Municipal Officials (Feb. 17, 2012)
  • “Economic Development Incentives”; San Antonio Bar Association – Real Estate Section (Oct. 25, 2011)
  • “The 2011 Legislative Session & Bills Impacting San Antonio”; San Antonio Lawyer (Sept./Oct. 2011)
  • “New Zoning & Planning Regulations Take Effect in San Antonio”; San Antonio Lawyer (March/April 2011)
  • “Current Issues in Vested Rights”; PEPP – Bexar (Feb. 23, 2011)
  • “Recent Changes in Vested Rights Law”; Real Estate Council of San Antonio (Dec. 7, 2010)
  • “Preservation of Community Assets”; UT Land Use Conference (March 26, 2010)
  • “Regulatory Barriers to Development”; UT Land Use Conference (March 25, 2010)
  • “Update on San Antonio’s Tree Ordinance”; ASCE – San Antonio (March 8, 2010)