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Environment — Mississippi


Balch & Bingham LLP - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Gulfport-based practice known for high-quality representation of public bodies and regional utilities. Extensive involvement in industry and state restoration and mitigation projects. Notable knowledge of the CAA, particularly as it relates to electricity generation. Recognized for experience advising on the Oil Pollution Act.

Strengths Clients enjoy working with the team as they are "smart, and they respond quickly." One added that they were particularly pleased that "they understand our business as well as we do."

One client found that the team was "extremely capable and did us a fine job," and that in their opinion for environmental matters "in Gulfport, there is no better firm."

Work highlights Assisting the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund with the identification and implementation of restoration projects.

Assisted a neighborhood association in successfully challenging a proposed landfill in Amite County. The challenge was based on inappropriate siting for the facility and reviews of state and federal solid waste and clean water laws and regulations.

Notable practitioners

Teri Wyly is praised for her extensive career and expertise in environmental law, such that one market source noted that she "is considered the foremost environmental lawyer in the state." She acts for public institutions in relation to major restoration and conservation projects. She assists industry corporations on state and federal compliance and has advised on environmental tort litigation.

Bradley Ennis is well regarded for his work in environmental regulatory law, where he is praised by clients for both his legal knowledge and scientific background, and his "ability to apply it effectively in negotiations." In addition to his regulatory practice, he has also provided assistance in environmental disputes, where he has been described as "so sharp he's one of the best around."

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Butler Snow LLP - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Preeminent environmental practice in Mississippi offering exceptional bench strength with experience in all aspects of permitting, compliance and remediation. Respected for its extensive environmental disputes capabilities. Assists major clients with compliance and enforcement, with notable expertise in land acquisitions for project developments. Frequently advises on water and air quality issues.

Strengths One client lauds that "they are absolutely our go-to firm," adding: "If we need help, they are there."

A client praises the firm's broad capabilities, finding that the lawyers "are not just specialized into a pigeonhole - they can handle anything."

Work highlights Selected as external counsel by Koch Industries and its subsidiaries to advise on environmental matters.

Represented VT Halter Marine in a citizen suit over alleged violations of the CAA by the company's shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Notable practitioners

Trudy Fisher's preeminent environment practice is lauded throughout Mississippi, and she is hailed as "excellent as a lawyer and a problem solver" by clients and "top of the list and go-to for sure" by peers. She has a broad and varied practice, with significant experience in emergency response and enforcement proceedings. She formerly worked as the head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which clients note "gives her a unique set of references in how to understand the agency and its impact on legal decisions."

John Brunini is praised for his aptitude in assisting clients with environmental compliance and permitting. Clients value him as he "can find the middle ground in all cases, and resolve the matter." Peers comment: "He has a lot of good common sense and practical solutions," adding that "he is just a great lawyer to work with." He is also noted among peers for his work in wetlands and water matters.

The "astute" Michael Caples is commended both for his engineering background and for his work in environmental compliance. He is also involved in environmental redevelopments, including recent work with brownfield sites.

About the Team (content provided by Butler Snow LLP)

Our Environmental Group is recognized for its comprehensive knowledge, experience and contact base available to serve our clients. With our team’s combined years of environmental experience, we have an unparalleled level of expertise in the regulatory arena. In addition to our extensive geographical reach, our firm is Mississippi’s largest environmental law practice, with a proven record of helping businesses and government address environmental needs.

We provide counseling and representation on a wide range of environmental matters, including:

  • Legislation
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Enforcement and Litigation
  • Response Strategies


Recent Work Highlights

  • We were recently selected by Koch Industries to serve on a list of 24 approved firms to represent Koch Industries and related companies. We advise on various environmental issues for Koch companies.
  • We advised a pipeline company during emergency response, remediation and compliance issues before the Alabama Department of Environmental Management arising out of two pipeline releases.
  • During 2014 and 2015, we worked with a coal corporation and mine personnel on various Clean Water Act NPDES issues and section 404 issues along with revisions to a mine surface coal mining permit, 401 water quality certification issues, and National Historic Preservation Act issues.
  • We handled RCRA compliance and enforcement matters before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC - Environment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Has comprehensive knowledge of regulation and compliance, including recent matters concerning waste and wastewater. Maintains a broad environmental practice assisting clients such as trade associations and oil and gas companies. Possesses extensive experience in enforcement proceedings and litigation regarding both state and national agencies.

Strengths A client said: "We are very pleased in all aspects of our relationship, the support and the follow-through." Focusing on relationships in particular, they added: "The word 'affable' comes to mind. The working relationship with me and my staff is good all around."

Work highlights Assisted Williams Gas Pipeline Company with leak containment and groundwater remediation following the failure of a natural gas storage cavern. The matter has involved negotiations with the state Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality and Oil & Gas Board.

Represented the City of Hattiesburg in negotiating a federal consent decree following allegations by EPA and the DOJ of a violation of the CWA, regarding the city's wastewater collection system.

Notable practitioners

John Milner is acclaimed as one of the foremost environmental lawyers in Mississippi. He has significant expertise in representing public bodies and private enterprise in environmental litigation, and in negotiations concerning federal regulations. Clients enthuse that he is "very thorough and knowledgeable - as knowledgeable on the environment as anybody."

Gene Wasson is acknowledged for his developed environmental practice. He is particularly noted for his expertise in contamination and oil and gas environmental matters.

About the Team (content provided by Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC)

Brunini's environmental practice group is acknowledged as a statewide leader. Our attorneys have broad experience in both environmental litigation and regulatory proceedings and have defended numerous enforcement actions instituted by the United States Department of Justice, Region IV of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, including actions brought under TSCA, RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law, the Mississippi Solid and Hazardous Waste Law, and the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Act. The firm has also obtained numerous environmental permits for its clients in proceedings before the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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Watkins & Eager PLLC - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad practice with significant technical expertise. Notable knowledge of water quality and wetlands issues. Recognized for quality representation of public entities and its work on environmental matters involving industrial and commercial real estate, notably in relation to contentious permitting and compliance matters.

Strengths An impressed client stated: "They have been thorough in their handling, as well as immensely knowledgeable in their scope of work."

Work highlights Represented Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood & Drainage Control District in the review, planning and development of a flood control project near Jackson. The project is estimated to cost $320 million.

Successfully dismissed a federal court consent decree against the City of Hattiesburg, and assisted in negotiations with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Gulf Restoration Network regarding the city's wastewater program.

Notable practitioners

Keith Turner's environmental work is such that one client described him as "the best environmental attorney in Mississippi." Clients note that with his history in environmental consultancy prior to practicing, his "technical knowledge of environmental law is very good." With a broad practice, he is particularly active in wastewater, CAA and real estate development matters.

Betty Ruth Fox is acknowledged by peers and clients for her work in regulation and enforcement. One client lauds that "Betty Ruth is so knowledgeable with the ins and outs of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and was a great asset to have on our team."

About the Team (content provided by Watkins & Eager PLLC)

Watkins & Eager's Environmental Practice Group offers years of extensive experience from a broad prospective, unlike typical private practice firms. Our attorneys have prior legal and technical experience in environmental consulting and the oil and gas industry, as well as in-house counsel for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This broad range of experience allows our attorneys to provide representation with a solid understanding of the clients' needs and goals. It also allows us to effectively attain success for our clients through favorable permit terms, creative financing and development of contaminated sites, identification of potential environmental issues on the front end, cost-effective solutions to compliance issues and solving third party actions prior to litigation.  Additionally, our firm has unique experience involving environmental issues in bankruptcy. 

This broad base of experience is the foundation of the Watkins & Eager environmental legal practice, including:

  • Air, Water, Solid and Hazardous Waste Permitting
  • Air, Water, Solid and Hazardous Waste Compliance
  • Bankruptcies Involving Contaminated Sites
  • Brownfields Development
  • Federal and State Agency Enforcement Defense
  • Federal and State Grant and Loan Counsel
  • NEPA and ESA Compliance
  • Real Estate Environmental Due Diligence
  • Solid and Groundwater Remediation Issues
  • Water and Sewer Infrastructure Issues
  • Wetlands Permitting and Water Quality Certifications




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Senior Statesperson

Corlew Munford & Smith PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Virginia Munford of Corlew Munford & Smith PLLC is noted by many for her long years of expertise in Mississippi environmental law. Her practice has regularly included handling matters involving permitting and compliance with environmental agencies.

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Butler Snow LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Trudy Fisher's preeminent environment practice is lauded throughout Mississippi, and she is hailed as "excellent as a lawyer and a problem solver" by clients and "top of the list and go-to for sure" by peers. She has a broad and varied practice, with significant experience in emergency response and enforcement proceedings. She formerly worked as the head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which clients note "gives her a unique set of references in how to understand the agency and its impact on legal decisions."

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Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Milner is acclaimed as one of the foremost environmental lawyers in Mississippi. He has significant expertise in representing public bodies and private enterprise in environmental litigation, and in negotiations concerning federal regulations. Clients enthuse that he is "very thorough and knowledgeable - as knowledgeable on the environment as anybody."

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Watkins & Eager PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Turner's environmental work is such that one client described him as "the best environmental attorney in Mississippi." Clients note that with his history in environmental consultancy prior to practicing, his "technical knowledge of environmental law is very good." With a broad practice, he is particularly active in wastewater, CAA and real estate development matters.

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Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Teri Wyly is praised for her extensive career and expertise in environmental law, such that one market source noted that she "is considered the foremost environmental lawyer in the state." She acts for public institutions in relation to major restoration and conservation projects. She assists industry corporations on state and federal compliance and has advised on environmental tort litigation.

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Band 2

Butler Snow LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Brunini is praised for his aptitude in assisting clients with environmental compliance and permitting. Clients value him as he "can find the middle ground in all cases, and resolve the matter." Peers comment: "He has a lot of good common sense and practical solutions," adding that "he is just a great lawyer to work with." He is also noted among peers for his work in wetlands and water matters.

^ See whole ranking table

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Butler Snow LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "astute" Michael Caples is commended both for his engineering background and for his work in environmental compliance. He is also involved in environmental redevelopments, including recent work with brownfield sites.

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Watkins & Eager PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Betty Ruth Fox is acknowledged by peers and clients for her work in regulation and enforcement. One client lauds that "Betty Ruth is so knowledgeable with the ins and outs of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and was a great asset to have on our team."

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Blackwood of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is recognized as a knowledgeable environmental attorney, with experience in compliance and permitting, and the environmental aspects of property acquisitions. She is complimented by peers, who say they "find positive comments from everyone for Kelly."

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Band 3

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Found by clients to be "competent and responsive,"  Michael Dawkins of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is well known for his work in the environmental field. With a strong investigations practice, he is very active in environmental audit and enforcement matters.

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Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gene Wasson is acknowledged for his developed environmental practice. He is particularly noted for his expertise in contamination and oil and gas environmental matters.

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Up and Coming

Balch & Bingham LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Ennis is well regarded for his work in environmental regulatory law, where he is praised by clients for both his legal knowledge and scientific background, and his "ability to apply it effectively in negotiations." In addition to his regulatory practice, he has also provided assistance in environmental disputes, where he has been described as "so sharp he's one of the best around."

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