THE FIRM This preeminent group excels in a wide range of matters, from regulatory counseling and litigation to air quality matters and contaminated site remediation. Clients highlight outstanding client service and an ability to produce work of a consistently high quality as key strengths of the practice. Recent work includes representing BP in lawsuits filed by the Texan Attorney General for the alleged infringement of the Texas CAA. An impressive client list includes such names as ExxonMobil, NRG Texas Power and Union Pacific.
Sources say: "They are outstanding; the best firm we have overall ever worked with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Supremely qualified" and "extremely talented," Pamela Giblin wins accolades for her "total can-do attitude - she will not accept that something cannot be accomplished." Peers respect her seniority and experience in all matters environmental, acknowledging that she is "influential figure" in the profession.
Sara Burgin is known for her extensive experience in water quality matters, and has been busy this year advising clients on water availability issues due to drought problems within the state. She is an "outstanding lawyer," and is universally praised for her "excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of water regulations."
Matthew Kuryla focuses on air quality litigation, where sources say he has "a very strong market presence." He is representing BCCA Appeal Group in proceedings against the federal EPA over a CAA implementation plan. Kuryla is also adept at providing transactional advice and regulatory counseling.
"Technical and creative" Derek McDonald has been pivotal this year in defending various high-profile civil lawsuits. He recently represented NRG Texas Power in a long-running case involving the issuing of permits for a coal-fired unit at an existing generating station.
Jennifer Keane is a key adviser on regulatory air quality issues, in particular the issuance of permits. She is acknowledged by interviewees as "an exceptionally qualified attorney" and "one of the best in her field."
"Professional, timely and proactive" Molly Cagle has a special focus on water quality matters. She receives plaudits for her high-quality work product and extensive local knowledge and for being "on top of all the issues." She recently joined the firm from Vinson & Elkins.