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Baker Botts LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Outstanding team that is widely celebrated for its strong practice on both the contentious and noncontentious sides. Acts on matters across the full range of environmental law, including air and water compliance and enforcement issues. Stands out for its emergency response counsel and handling of damages lawsuits.

Strengths Clients regularly highlight the group's breadth of knowledge: "They have deep expertise in pretty much every area."

Interviewees also draw particular attention to the team's efficiency and experience: "They do the work in an efficient and effective manner because of their expertise and creativity."

Work highlights Represented the BCCA Appeal Group in a series of CAA lawsuits involving various regulatory authorities.

Acted for intervener Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in a case brought against the TCEQ by The Aransas Project under the Endangered Species Act.

Significant clients BP Products North America, Enterprise Products, ExxonMobil, Gulf Coast Water Authority, Marathon Oil.

Notable practitioners

Molly Cagle is described by commentators as "a very talented litigator as well as a talented counselor." She is held in high regard as one of the leading water quality lawyers in Texas.

Matthew Kuryla is a well-respected environmental attorney with significant experience advising clients on the CAA. He regularly counsels on regulatory issues, transactions and litigation. Interviewees praise his "very broad and deep understanding of environmental issues."

Jennifer Keane is held in high esteem for her CAA practice, which sees her counsel various companies and industry groups. She regularly advises on auditing, permitting and enforcement matters.

Derek McDonald is recommended for his handling of complex regulatory and permitting issues. He is well versed in air quality and waste control matters and frequently acts in litigation for clients in the energy industry.

Aileen Hooks stands out for her experience overseeing the environmental and safety aspects of international transactions and projects. She frequently advises on large mergers and divestitures, offering particular experience in site remediation matters.

Scott Janoe has extensive experience in crisis response matters and environmental disputes. He is regarded as a go-to attorney in the energy space, acting for a range of oil and gas companies.

Pamela Giblin is a "very knowledgeable and up-to-date" environmental expert, according to impressed sources. She is particularly renowned for her air quality expertise.

Associate Paulina Williams is valued for her "very deep understanding of a number of water issues" and ability to effectively convey complex issues. Her practice also includes negotiating air permitting and handling environmental litigation.

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Bracewell LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for High-caliber group that counts a range of Fortune 500 firms in its client base. Highlighted for its significant experience dealing with regulatory agencies and handling high-value litigation and transactions. Recently strengthened by series of strategic hires, adding to its expertise in the water and air arena.

Strengths One client states: "Bracewell is in the highest-quality echelon for environmental legal services," adding: "They are extremely efficient, responsive and decisive, and thus deliver an outstanding value."

Another interviewee notes that "the team provides high-quality legal advice and excellent customer service. They are a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Advised Cheniere Energy on the construction and management of its LNG facilities in Texas and Louisiana, which included counseling on permitting and compliance matters.

Acted for Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority in multiple regulatory areas, including CWA compliance and EPA enforcement matters.

Significant clients Ecolab, LBC Houston, TPC Group, Targa Resources Partners, Pilot Chemical Company.

Notable practitioners

Sara Burgin is considered a leader in the environmental aspects of water and wastewater matters, including compliance, permitting and enforcement proceedings. Clients highlight her impressive water expertise and note that "her demeanor and personality make it very easy to work with her."

Timothy Wilkins comes recommended for his handling of strategic permitting matters with the environmental agencies, as well as offering notable transactional and enforcement expertise. Interviewees describe him as "an experienced subject matter expert with outstanding judgment."

Whit Swift is praised by commentators for his "client-focused and very practical" style. He is highly regarded for his expertise in air permitting and compliance matters, and regularly advises manufacturing, energy and chemical companies.

Heather Corken Palmer frequently advises clients in the oil and gas industries on environmental concerns, attracting praise for her "very high-quality work." Her recent practice includes handling the due diligence aspects of multiple transactions, as well as advising on air permitting and endangered species matters.

Matthew Paulson receives praise for his extensive CAA practice and experience in negotiating permitting issues with regulatory agencies. Impressed clients describe him as "results-oriented and committed to providing sound strategic legal counsel."

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C. - Environment

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What the team is known for Widely celebrated environmental boutique that has strength across areas such as CAA matters, hazardous waste permitting and water issues. Offers significant litigation experience complemented by a strong regulatory compliance practice, as well as notable expertise in real estate and corporate transactions.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's dedicated practice: "Their focus is on environmental law, and it shows in their work."

Significant clients Western Refining, CITGO Petroleum, Williamson Dickie Manufacturing, Kleinfelder.

Notable practitioners

John Slavich offers a wealth of experience in remediation issues and brownfield redevelopments. Interviewees particularly praise his handling of the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate and commercial transactions and describe him as "very easy to work with."

Joseph Guida is recognized by one commentator as a "star in the compliance arena." He is noted for his expert air and water quality control practice, as well as his handling of solid and hazardous waste issues.

Paul Seals is highly regarded for his regulatory compliance practice and handling of environmental litigation. Market commentators describe him as "a talented lawyer with good judgment."

John Dugdale frequently handles remediation, compliance and permitting matters, drawing on significant experience in representing clients' interests before government agencies. Interviewees note that he is "very strong in Superfund work."

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Locke Lord LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Fields an experienced group of practitioners who frequently handle environmental issues arising from transactions across a range of industries. Also boasts a strong criminal investigation and brownfield remediation practice. Notable focus on traditional and renewable energy matters.

Strengths One client enthuses: "Their breadth of experience enables them to identify environmental issues at an early stage in transactions."

Commentators also highlight the team's client service: "They have always gone the extra mile."

Work highlights Represented Calpine in appealing the decision of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) not to grant tax exemptions to the heat recovery steam generators in use at its electric generating plants.

Counseled Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds and its developer on the various regulatory aspects of the disposition of a 44-acre site with significant historical contamination.

Significant clients EDF Renewable Energy, Enterprise Products Partners, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, Honeywell, National Oilwell Varco.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Mack is much admired for her handling of complex regulatory matters, which include advising on CWA and CAA compliance and brownfield remediation. Clients value her "practical and business-minded" approach as well as her ability "to think outside the box."

Gerald Higdon is described by clients as "a very skilled, practical and efficient attorney." He offers significant experience in environmental litigation and regularly represents clients in enforcement proceedings and permitting matters.

Gerald Pels receives praise from clients for "finding solutions tailored to business needs." He is highly regarded for his litigation practice and handling of air permitting and compliance matters, and frequently advises clients in the energy sector.

Susan Rainey has extensive experience in overseeing the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, and is increasingly active in enforcement matters. Clients appreciate her pragmatic handling of work and note that she is "super-responsive."

Benjamin Cowan stands out for his expertise in climate change and endangered species work, and frequently acts for major wind energy clients. Commentators are impressed by the way his "creative and sharp thinking" contributes to his solution-focused practice.

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Thompson & Knight LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Well respected for its deep industry expertise, which includes a focus on environmental issues arising from the energy sector. Boasts a strong litigation bench as well as notable experience in EPA enforcement actions, Superfund matters and air compliance audits. Also noted for its legislative experience.

Strengths Clients remain impressed by the team's expertise: "They're an outstanding firm - I have a high degree of confidence in their work."

Another interviewee flags up the strong teamwork within the practice, stating: "They coordinate their effort and their advice well."

Work highlights Continued to represent Brazos Electric Power Cooperative before the El Paso Court of Appeals in an ongoing matter concerning pollution control property tax abatement.

Acted for RoyOMartin on the construction of a strand board factory, which included securing permission to conduct activities impacting US waters.

Significant clients Hilex Poly Company, Concho Resources, Darling Ingredients, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

James Harris comes recommended for the "very practical" approach he brings to compliance counseling and litigation. Sources note his "superb expertise" and describe him as "a very straightforward person to deal with, who has a wonderful grasp of all types of litigation, as well as regulatory matters."

James Morriss attracts praise for "seeing the whole picture" and "always adding strategic value to the discussion." He is particularly expert in wetlands and endangered species matters and frequently advises on permitting issues and litigation.

Ashley Phillips impresses commentators with the "great knowledge and understanding" she brings to her regulatory practice. She frequently advises on environmental risk assessments and audits, as well as defending clients in enforcement proceedings.

Department profile by Thompson & Knight LLP

Thompson & Knight has been assisting clients with environmental issues since the 1960s, when law and science in the area began to develop. Since then, our practice has grown in scope and complexity to address all aspects of federal, state, and local environmental laws, from their development to their application. We routinely use a wide variety of methods to help resolve client issues, including litigation, administrative proceedings, lobbying, participation in rulemaking and statutory development, negotiation with agencies and individuals, and alternative dispute resolution.

The Firm has extensive experience in matters involving:
•    Land use;
•    Litigation (civil enforcement, criminal, environmental tort, administrative, and cost recovery);
•    Environmental management systems;
•    Transactional due diligence, including M&A and lending transactions;
•    Compliance auditing, voluntary disclosures, and audit agreements with regulatory agencies;
•    Risk management advice;
•    Compliance counseling;
•    Enforcement;
•    Facility permitting (air, water use and discharge, and solid and hazardous waste);
•    Brownfield redevelopment;
•    Wetlands;
•    Endangered Species Act (litigation, counseling, and permitting);
•    Siting (transmission lines and facilities);
•    Superfund;
•    Legislation;
•    Sustainability;
•    PACE – Property-Assessed Clean Energy;
•    Water Resource Management; and
•    Emergency response.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Long-established practice that fields high-level expertise across the full spectrum of environmental work. Frequently engaged in high-profile redevelopment projects and emergency response work. Also acts on regulatory concerns arising from transactions and permitting issues for significant energy projects.

Strengths Sources draw attention to the group's broad practice: "They have expertise in all areas of environmental law and are truly industry leaders in energy markets, real estate and environmental contamination."

Commentators also point to the team's business-minded approach: "They're very practical and pragmatic in giving legal advice."

Work highlights Defended Mitsui in a high-value CERCLA lawsuit relating to the cleanup costs of a Superfund site with estimated costs of $30 million.

Successfully defended Plains All-American Pipeline against a class action arising from a crude oil spill in Missouri.

Significant clients Enviro Water Minerals, Freeport-McMoRan, United Bulk Terminals.

Notable practitioners

Eric Groten maintains a leading reputation as a "really good and very smart air quality lawyer." He regularly counsels clients on compliance, permitting and enforcement actions, while also engaging with policymaking decisions.

Larry Nettles is highly regarded for his broad environmental practice, which includes advising on high-value transactions, Superfund matters and permitting issues. According to one interviewee, "his ability to solve problems to help foster deals is second to none."

Susan Snyder is particularly acclaimed for her expertise in water issues affecting the oil and gas industry. Sources note that "she has lots of knowledge at her fingertips and thinks outside the box."

George Wilkinson scores highly for his strong civil and criminal litigation expertise, which includes handling environmental enforcement proceedings. His practice also includes counseling on regulatory compliance and responding to industrial accidents.

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·         Vinson & Elkins’ Environmental & Natural Resources (ENR) group has established a strong reputation for securing and then defending key permits for development projects, including contested air, water and wetlands permits for power plants and other industrial establishments, water supply and wastewater discharge permits, and approvals for multi-state projects involving NEPA and federal lands, including pipelines and power transmission lines, and natural resource matters including endangered species. Because our lawyers are quite knowledgeable about our clients’ businesses and their industries, the group has a top reputation in providing advice on structuring transactions to minimize or reduce environmental risks.

·         The firm’s ENR lawyers have a demonstrated track record of success in assisting clients with complex matters that involve multiple stakeholders including federal and state governments, Congressional committees, investigative boards, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private parties. Our ability to guide clients in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy focused around achieving their business objectives, minimizing and mitigating risks, and developing and implementing a public relations strategy for these types of complex matters is a hallmark of the firm’s ENR practice. 

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Winstead PC - Environment

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What the team is known for Well-respected group noted for its activity in areas such as waste management, oil and gas and utilities. Demonstrates significant strength in advising on permitting issues, administrative hearings and compliance. Broad client base includes major chemical, energy and water entities. Frequently acts on TCEQ and EPA regulatory matters.

Strengths Clients particularly highlight the group's in-depth regulatory practice: "They are well connected to and respected by our state regulatory agencies, know regulations well and do a good job in guiding us."

Another interviewee notes: "They coordinate well and have a wealth of experience."

Work highlights Acted for Texas Lehigh Cement as respondent to the generator status enforcement initiative launched by the EPA.

Significant clients OXEA, HPP Materials, Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association, Texas Industries, American Electric Power.

Notable practitioners

"Very experienced practitioner" Albert Axe is held in high esteem for his broad practice, which encompasses regulatory compliance, permitting and litigation. He advises a diverse set of clients, including those in the chemical, petroleum, waste disposal and mining industries.

Clients particularly value Derek Seal's strength in negotiating with regulatory authorities and consider him "a great problem solver." He is well versed in a range of compliance and litigation matters, fielding particular strength in handling water supply and rights issues.

Keith Courtney maintains a strong permitting and enforcement practice and also offers extensive experience in environmental litigation. He is particularly highlighted for his air quality expertise and handling of waste management matters.

Rebecca Rentz attracts praise for her air quality expertise and frequently advises on permitting, enforcement actions and corporate transactions. Clients state: "She gets directly to the heart of a problem and comes up with creative strategies."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team that regularly advises clients such as private equity firms and energy companies on regulatory concerns and major transactions. Expertise includes air compliance issues arising from corporate transactions, as well as the representation of government agencies in enforcement actions.

Strengths Clients note the group's longstanding expertise in the environmental space and describe it as a "strong, highly competent legal team."

Notable practitioners

Mary Mendoza is highly regarded for her expertise in risk management, which forms part of her broad-based environmental practice. She frequently assists clients on brownfield remediation, water permitting and Superfund sites.

John Eldridge draws praise for his significant litigation experience and regulatory knowledge. He is particularly well versed in Superfund issues and is frequently retained to handle CERCLA appeals.

Michael Mazzone maintains a strong civil and white-collar criminal defense practice, and is noted for his expertise in environmental disputes. He "provides excellent client service" and "looks for creative solutions," according to impressed clients.

James Braddock is described by one client as among "the very best in Texas" due to his longstanding environmental experience. He is held out as a leading CAA expert, who frequently advises on matters such as permitting and risk assessments.

Senior counsel Jeff Civins is held in high esteem for his regulatory expertise and handling of transactions and environmental litigation. Interviewees draw attention to his extensive experience, describing him as a "giant" of the Texas environment Bar.

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Jackson Walker LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Strong team fielding expertise across a range of litigation and regulatory matters involving areas such as Superfunds, water permitting and air issues. Maintains a notable focus on environmental concerns affecting the electric power industry, as well as matters arising from renewable energy and water projects.

Strengths Sources confirm that this is a "very strong" team, adding: "They're committed to ensuring favorable outcomes and to being strategic with their clients."

One interviewee states: "Client service and client advocacy is what I think of when I work with these attorneys."

Value for money Clients are impressed by the team's efficiency and "cost-competitive" billing rates. One commentator enthuses: "They have attractive rates and are very conservative in our favor in charging time."

Work highlights Represented South Texas Electric Cooperative, San Miguel Electric Cooperative and Gulf Coast Lignite Coalition during the appeal of EPA's 'Clean Power Plan' brought under the CAA.

Acted as shared counsel to a group of companies labeled potentially responsible for the Copper Drum Company Superfund site in California, negotiating with EPA over the total value of costs to be paid.

Significant clients Exelon, BP America, SunEdison, ExxonMobil, Golden State Water Company.

Notable practitioners

Leonard Dougal comes highly recommended for his handling of water matters, including permitting and water quality issues. One client notes: "He provides very practical advice and is very knowledgeable about the inner workings of players in Texas."

CAA expert Michael Nasi frequently advises major clients in the electric power, steel manufacturing and recycling industries. Commentators praise his understanding of "the commercial aspects of the market" and state that he "brings strength in depth in environmental law."

Associate Lindsey Moorhead is increasingly recognized for her broad environmental practice, which includes advising on Superfund cleanups, regulatory company and waste matters. According to clients, she is "an amazing resource and knocks it out of the park!"

Department profile by Jackson Walker LLP

The landscape of environmental law is a patchwork of complex and sometimes overlapping laws, regulations and agency policies that change at a dizzying pace. Companies affected by environmental requirements routinely deal with legal disputes, compliance headaches, public relations challenges, and legislative roadblocks. In short, running a business with an environmental impact can get very complicated, very quickly.

We provide a path through the maze. Our Environmental and Legislative attorneys work on all fronts: planning, permitting, compliance and legislation, to solve problems for our clients. Our unique approach combines a dedicated team of attorneys skilled in specific areas of environmental law with a respected legislative team that watches out for our clients’ interests on the state and national level. Integrating these functions allows us to provide comprehensive solutions that address our clients’ current needs while monitoring changes in regulations and legislation that might affect their future business plans.

For more information, visit: https://www.jw.com/practice-areas/environmental/


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Beveridge & Diamond PC - Environment

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What the team is known for Nationwide boutique with notable Texas strength. Advises clients on a range of state and federal regulatory matters, including permitting and complex disputes. Also frequently active in enforcement proceedings and maintains a dominant presence in the petrochemical sector.

Strengths Clients value the firm's boutique environment practice, noting that the attorneys are "expert in so many fields" and "are solely environmental lawyers and know their business."

One client enthuses: "They score highly across the board."

Work highlights Continued to advise industry groups IHS-EIATRACK and Japan Machinery Center for Trade & Investment on compliance requirements and local policy advocacy across Latin America, the USA and Canada.

Significant clients BASF, BNSF Railway, Luminant, PPG, San Antonio Water System.

Notable practitioners

"Excellent lawyer" Bryan Moore is highly respected for his wide-ranging expertise in water, air and waste regulatory issues. He frequently advises energy and industrial clients on permitting matters, litigation and enforcement proceedings.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Stands out for its expertise in major accident response, as well as being well versed in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by regulatory authorities. Additionally noted for its strong regulatory compliance experience, which includes advising on waste, air and water issues.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the group's insight into the state regulatory process: "In addition to the fact that they know the players, they know the nuances of how regulatory enforcement actions are done in Texas."

A particular strength highlighted by interviewees was the group's emergency response practice, which is described as "top-notch" and is labeled a "go-to emergency response and crisis management team."

Work highlights Acted for Fort Bend County MUD No. 143 and Ventana McCrary Development in a contested administrative hearing regarding a water quality discharge permit for a residential development site.

Acted for Phillips 66 in challenging Washington State OSHA citations concerning the alleged violation of workplace safety regulations.

Significant clients Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Occidental Chemical, Sysco.

Notable practitioners

Danny Worrell is highly regarded for his extensive experience across a wide array of permitting issues and enforcement proceedings. He also frequently advises on Superfund litigation and cost recovery actions. Interviewees note that he is "very, very personable" and praise his "good technical background."

Mark Farley is held in high esteem for his niche OSHA compliance and crisis management practice, which sees him regularly act in external investigations and counseling on regulatory compliance. Clients praise his "thoughtful and creative" approach and note that he is "extremely responsive and a team player."

Department profile by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten's nationally recognized Environmental and Workplace Safety team represents major companies in a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, energy, chemical, biofuel, and maritime. For some of our clients, our engagement begins with compliance counseling and other proactive risk management activities, and for others we are the first call when an incident occurs or a subpoena is received.

Our team is at the forefront of emerging process safety issues and combines the full spectrum of capabilities relevant to environmental and workplace safety matters: sophisticated on-the-ground incident response, strategic advice for company executives and attorneys, deep knowledge of federal, state and local enforcement agencies, investigatory and enforcement experience of former federal prosecutors on both civil enforcement matters and environmental crimes, and frequent counseling on workplace safety issues arising from incidents or inspections.

Led by a former head of the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes section, our litigators focus heavily on criminal environmental cases. We also rely on our regulatory and transactional capabilities to support other client needs, such as discrete regulatory projects—identifying and addressing the range of environmental issues, potential liabilities and operational constraints in transactions, and advising commercial developers, builders, owners and lenders in connection with environmentally-challenged properties.

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Kelley Drye/Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs - Environment

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its representation of both public and private sector clients in high-profile disputes, particularly those involving surface water contamination and catastrophic events. Also noted for its significant regulatory practice, which includes particular expertise in advising energy industry clients.

Strengths Interviewees stress the firm's strong client service ethos: "The team is devoted to knowing the business they are working with, is responsive to our needs and provides a quality product."

Clients praise the team's wide-ranging expertise, stating: "They have a real nice mix of skills and attributes that help us down the road."

Work highlights Represented the State of New Mexico in its CERCLA, RCRA, CWA and civil claims in response to the catastrophic release of contaminated mine waste water and heavy metals into the Animas and San Juan rivers.

Acted for the Port of San Diego in bringing claims against Monsanto, Solutia and Pharmacia following the PCB contamination of San Diego Bay.

Significant clients Union Pacific, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, State of New Jersey, Hercules Offshore, Key Energy Services.

Notable practitioners

William Jackson is "a very assertive and creative litigator" who frequently appears in industry-defining environmental disputes. One interviewee describes him as "one of the country's leading experts in natural resource damages."

John Riley comes highly recommended for his environmental litigation practice. He frequently appears before bodies such as EPA and TCEQ in enforcement proceedings and permitting matters on behalf of clients such as waste disposal companies and manufacturers.

Paul Sarahan is described as a "very smart and engaging" attorney, whose broad practice includes enforcement actions, permitting concerns and Superfund work. He is well versed in air, water and waste regulatory issues.

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King & Spalding LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a leading dispute resolution practice that frequently acts in complex environmental litigation and arbitration. Offers notable strength in historical contamination, toxic tort and water issues and boasts a strong mining, energy and manufacturing client base.

Strengths Commentators emphasize the group's strength in large-scale litigation: "An excellent go-to firm for high-stakes matters."

Another interviewee states: "They have a well-deserved reputation for providing high-quality legal services in an honest and timely manner."

Work highlights Represented Marathon Oil in multiple lawsuits arising from the derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Canada.

Served as trial counsel to Chevron in several cases arising from the existence of naturally occurring radioactive material on oil and gas equipment based in Louisiana.

Significant clients Shell, Halliburton, Westlake Chemicals, Republic Services, ConocoPhillips.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Tracie Renfroe as "a strategic decision maker, a wonderful trial lawyer who thinks well on her feet and a great orator." She is noted for her expert handling of contamination and waste management cases, and frequently acts in high-profile cross-border disputes.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Environment

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What the team is known for Offers broad environmental capabilities across enforcement actions and transactions, fielding particular expertise in oil and gas regulatory concerns. Also noted for its strong chemical engineering practice and handling of Superfund and remediation matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the attention the firm brings to matters: "They feel like a small, intricate group that is here to address your needs."

Interviewees also recommend the group's "excellent customer service and quality of legal advice."

Work highlights Represented Tarkett in the $40 million sale of an industrial site, advising on environmental issues related to the site's redevelopment.

Continued to represent Vulcan Materials in claims brought by EPA and the State of New Jersey concerning the alleged discharge of hazardous substances into the Passaic River.

Significant clients Aspen Operating Company.

Notable practitioners

Edward Lewis offers broad expertise across environmental regulatory matters and frequently acts in litigation and enforcement actions. Clients particularly value his chemical engineering background and describe him as a "great communicator" who is "experienced and effective in handling matters in court and with regulators."

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Advises a range of clients, including a notable selection of financial institutions, on issues arising from transactions, permitting and enforcement proceedings. Also noted for its handling of brownfield remediation and Superfund litigation.

Strengths The team remains a popular choice among clients, who note its "highly responsive" approach and "competitive billing rates."

Work highlights Acted for Sunoco on environmental issues arising from the $2.2 billion dropdown of interests from Energy Transfer Partners.

Continued to advise Travelers Insurance on its defense of claims arising from the San Jacinto River Superfund site.

Significant clients Centaurus Renewable Energy, DCP Midstream Partners, OCI Company, Sheridan Production Partners, Quantum Utility Generation.

Notable practitioners

Lisa Shelton is a "very knowledgeable" attorney who frequently advises on the environmental due diligence aspects of high-value transactions, as well as handling areas such as brownfield remediation and CERCLA matters. She is particularly noted for her work in the energy industry.

Department profile by Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Strengthened by in-depth experience in the energy (including wind-generated), semiconductor, primary steel, specialty industrial gas, commercial real estate development, petroleum product terminaling and mineral extraction industries and with federal, state and local regulatory authorities, Andrews Kurth Kenyon counsels clients in diverse and changing environmental legal and regulatory challenges. 

From securing project permits to prosecuting high-profile novel Superfund private party contribution/cost recovery litigation and complex estuarine remediation cases, our lawyers counsel in all environmental media including:  

  • Permitting and enforcement proceedings
  • Environmental litigation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Brownfield contaminated property redevelopment
  • Superfund remediation and cost recovery cases, national and regional
  • Transactional counsel
  • Climate change

Our representative matters include managing legacy environmental liabilities for refineries and protecting the interests of the world’s largest big box retailers. And we’re involved in two of the country's most significant wide-area sediment contamination sites. 

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Global Reach

Our lawyers have experience working in over 75 countries around the world, allowing us to offer our clients not only an in-depth knowledge of differing legal systems, but also insightful awareness about the complexities of doing business in different cultures.
With offices and practice groups seamlessly connected in key business and regulatory centers in the United States and around the globe, our firm provides integrated services to our clients.
We work together with our clients and across all our offices to build the best team for each project, deploying a multidisciplinary approach that combines legal knowledge, industry experience, local know-how and individual strengths. The result—our clients get legal guidance that is consistently of high quality, commercially effective and efficient. No matter what their geographic or business diversity, clients can depend on us to manage large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects.

Africa
We understand the unique legal needs of energy, infrastructure and other companies doing business in Africa. Our lawyers have assisted investors, major internationals, independent exploration and production companies and national oil companies in more than 20 countries in Africa, providing energy transactional and dispute resolution advice across the continent.

China and Central Asia
With significant experience in energy-related matters, our lawyers in China handle a variety of complex cross-border energy transactions throughout the world, involving acquisitions, dispositions, development and financing. We also effectively handle matters involving project finance, construction and development activities, international arbitration and US and UK-based litigation, and a variety of business combination transactions.

Europe
Our lawyers represent European and international clients on matters throughout Europe. We are experienced in such major business sectors as energy, commercial and investment banking, technology, hospitality and retail, handling a full range of international transactions and disputes.

Latin America and the Caribbean
Our lawyers are active in nearly every Latin American market encompassing Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean region. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, government entities, equity funds, financial institutions and a range of commercial developers and private interests. Our clients benefit from our solid record of working with the legal systems and leading law firms in numerous Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Middle East
Building on strong multinational practices and many years of experience, the lawyers in our Middle East practice have extensive experience advising international clients in the energy and oil and gas industries looking to initiate or expand investments or operations throughout the region. We also assist clients already based or active in transactions and projects within the Middle East, as well as in neighboring regions for which Dubai has become a well-established hub for business.

South Asia/India
Our work in South Asia is wide-ranging and encompasses energy infrastructure, securitization and international trade disputes. Andrews Kurth has experience in linking global energy, environment, communications, infrastructure, manufacturing, equity, debt and technology clients to South Asian countries. That includes extensive experience handling engagements and pioneering projects throughout India and the subcontinent. Our insights and relationships help international corporate clients gain access to South Asia’s immense business opportunities. And they similarly benefit South Asian businesses—we have represented more than 75 South Asian technology, financial services and manufacturing companies in the establishment of their US operations.

The World Law Group
Our firm is an active member of the World Law Group, an invitation-only, global network of leading law firms with more than 360 offices and over 18,000 lawyers in major commercial centers worldwide. For nearly 30 years, key partners in World Law Group firms have built deep personal and professional bonds, attending three-day conferences twice each year and working closely together on hundreds of substantive projects. Through the World Law Group network, we can assure clients seamless access to first-tier legal assistance, unsurpassed local knowledge and global sophistication, virtually everywhere around the world.


Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP - Environment

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers broad expertise across the full spectrum of environmental issues, including contentious and noncontentious water, waste and air matters. Experience also includes advising on brownfield redevelopments and resolving CERCLA liability matters. Maintains a notable focus on advising insurers.

Strengths Clients confirm that they are "very impressed" with the team's ability to handle particularly complex environmental matters, highlighting its strength in depth and broad expertise.

Significant clients D.R. Horton, ExxonMobil.

Notable practitioners

Frances Phillips draws praise for her impressive regulatory expertise, which sees her regularly advise on matters such as air, water and waste compliance and litigation. Interviewees value her "depth of knowledge as well as her longstanding relationships in the environmental field."

Department profile by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

The attorneys in Gardere’s environmental practice group know the pathways through the daunting maze of environmental regulatory compliance requirements, and have decades of wisdom and experience in helping large and small clients meet their regulatory obligations and business goals. We come to the table with high-levels of experience from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Our clients canvas a broad cross-section of industries in a variety of contexts ranging from environmental due diligence and negotiation of environmental representations, warranties and indemnities in merger and acquisitions, permitting for new facilities, regulatory compliance reviews, environmental litigation before agencies and in state and federal courts and helping clients with criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. We are not just reactive; we are one of the premier firms in Texas for public policy advocacy, shaping the development of the law by helping to craft laws and regulations and assisting with the enactment process.

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Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. - Environment

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What the team is known for Respected boutique that maintains a solid practice in litigation and regulatory matters arising from areas such as water, air and waste. Highlighted for its experience in representing municipalities and oil and gas clients.

Notable practitioners

Paul Gosselink is "extremely well known in the air space," according to interviewees. His extensive regulatory compliance and enforcement practice also includes advising on hazardous waste issues.

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Senior Statesmen

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Braddock is described by one client as among "the very best in Texas" due to his longstanding environmental experience. He is held out as a leading CAA expert, who frequently advises on matters such as permitting and risk assessments.

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Senior Statesmen

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior counsel Jeff Civins is held in high esteem for his regulatory expertise and handling of transactions and environmental litigation. Interviewees draw attention to his extensive experience, describing him as a "giant" of the Texas environment Bar.

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Senior Statesmen

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Pamela Giblin is a "very knowledgeable and up-to-date" environmental expert, according to impressed sources. She is particularly renowned for her air quality expertise.

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sara Burgin is considered a leader in the environmental aspects of water and wastewater matters, including compliance, permitting and enforcement proceedings. Clients highlight her impressive water expertise and note that "her demeanor and personality make it very easy to work with her."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Molly Cagle is described by commentators as "a very talented litigator as well as a talented counselor." She is held in high regard as one of the leading water quality lawyers in Texas.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Groten maintains a leading reputation as a "really good and very smart air quality lawyer." He regularly counsels clients on compliance, permitting and enforcement actions, while also engaging with policymaking decisions.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Nettles is highly regarded for his broad environmental practice, which includes advising on high-value transactions, Superfund matters and permitting issues. According to one interviewee, "his ability to solve problems to help foster deals is second to none."

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Christopher B Amandes

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Amandes of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is described as a "really good transactional lawyer" who frequently advises on environmental issues arising from major deals. He also handles regulatory matters such as waste management and air and water quality concerns.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very experienced practitioner" Albert Axe is held in high esteem for his broad practice, which encompasses regulatory compliance, permitting and litigation. He advises a diverse set of clients, including those in the chemical, petroleum, waste disposal and mining industries.

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Baker Wotring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Debra Baker of Baker Wotring LLP attracts praise for her extensive litigation experience and "very effective" handling of emergency response situations. Her practice covers the full spectrum of environmental issues, including permitting, compliance and due diligence.

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Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Harris comes recommended for the "very practical" approach he brings to compliance counseling and litigation. Sources note his "superb expertise" and describe him as "a very straightforward person to deal with, who has a wonderful grasp of all types of litigation, as well as regulatory matters."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Kuryla is a well-respected environmental attorney with significant experience advising clients on the CAA. He regularly counsels on regulatory issues, transactions and litigation. Interviewees praise his "very broad and deep understanding of environmental issues."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Lewis offers broad expertise across environmental regulatory matters and frequently acts in litigation and enforcement actions. Clients particularly value his chemical engineering background and describe him as a "great communicator" who is "experienced and effective in handling matters in court and with regulators."

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Mack is much admired for her handling of complex regulatory matters, which include advising on CWA and CAA compliance and brownfield remediation. Clients value her "practical and business-minded" approach as well as her ability "to think outside the box."

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James C Morriss III

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Morriss attracts praise for "seeing the whole picture" and "always adding strategic value to the discussion." He is particularly expert in wetlands and endangered species matters and frequently advises on permitting issues and litigation.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

John Slavich offers a wealth of experience in remediation issues and brownfield redevelopments. Interviewees particularly praise his handling of the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate and commercial transactions and describe him as "very easy to work with."

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Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Smith of Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem LLP is described by commentators as "a very fine environmental litigator." He also maintains a strong regulatory practice, advising on areas such as Superfund issues and the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.

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Timothy A Wilkins

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Wilkins comes recommended for his handling of strategic permitting matters with the environmental agencies, as well as offering notable transactional and enforcement expertise. Interviewees describe him as "an experienced subject matter expert with outstanding judgment."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Danny Worrell is highly regarded for his extensive experience across a wide array of permitting issues and enforcement proceedings. He also frequently advises on Superfund litigation and cost recovery actions. Interviewees note that he is "very, very personable" and praise his "good technical background."

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Christopher L Bell

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Bell is an experienced environmental expert at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, who frequently advises on regulatory compliance and enforcement actions involving areas such as water, waste and air regulations. One source describes him as "the most versatile environmental lawyer with the broadest competence of anyone I've ever worked with."

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C Bishop Law PC

From the Chambers USA guide

C Bishop Law PC founding partner Cynthia Bishop offers impressive experience across the full spectrum of environmental matters, advising on regulatory issues, transactions and litigation. She represents clients in the chemical manufacturing and oil and gas industries, among others.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Courtney maintains a strong permitting and enforcement practice and also offers extensive experience in environmental litigation. He is particularly highlighted for his air quality expertise and handling of waste management matters.

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Leonard H. Dougal

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leonard Dougal comes highly recommended for his handling of water matters, including permitting and water quality issues. One client notes: "He provides very practical advice and is very knowledgeable about the inner workings of players in Texas."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Eldridge draws praise for his significant litigation experience and regulatory knowledge. He is particularly well versed in Superfund issues and is frequently retained to handle CERCLA appeals.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Farley is held in high esteem for his niche OSHA compliance and crisis management practice, which sees him regularly act in external investigations and counseling on regulatory compliance. Clients praise his "thoughtful and creative" approach and note that he is "extremely responsive and a team player."

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Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Gosselink is "extremely well known in the air space," according to interviewees. His extensive regulatory compliance and enforcement practice also includes advising on hazardous waste issues.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Guida is recognized by one commentator as a "star in the compliance arena." He is noted for his expert air and water quality control practice, as well as his handling of solid and hazardous waste issues.

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Higdon is described by clients as "a very skilled, practical and efficient attorney." He offers significant experience in environmental litigation and regularly represents clients in enforcement proceedings and permitting matters.

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Kelley Drye/Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs

From the Chambers USA guide

William Jackson is "a very assertive and creative litigator" who frequently appears in industry-defining environmental disputes. One interviewee describes him as "one of the country's leading experts in natural resource damages."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Keane is held in high esteem for her CAA practice, which sees her counsel various companies and industry groups. She regularly advises on auditing, permitting and enforcement matters.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to impressed interviewee, Joel Mack of Latham & Watkins LLP is "very strong on the transactional front" and offers "world-class depth of knowledge." He acts for a wide range of clients within the mining, chemical and oil and gas industries.

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Sharon M. Mattox, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Sharon Mattox is described as "a very impressive individual." She is particularly noted for her expertise in handling water law issues, which form part of her broad environmental practice.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek McDonald is recommended for his handling of complex regulatory and permitting issues. He is well versed in air quality and waste control matters and frequently acts in litigation for clients in the energy industry.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Mendoza is highly regarded for her expertise in risk management, which forms part of her broad-based environmental practice. She frequently assists clients on brownfield remediation, water permitting and Superfund sites.

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Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

CAA expert Michael Nasi frequently advises major clients in the electric power, steel manufacturing and recycling industries. Commentators praise his understanding of "the commercial aspects of the market" and state that he "brings strength in depth in environmental law."

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Frances E Phillips

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frances Phillips draws praise for her impressive regulatory expertise, which sees her regularly advise on matters such as air, water and waste compliance and litigation. Interviewees value her "depth of knowledge as well as her longstanding relationships in the environmental field."

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Kenneth R Ramirez

Law Offices of Ken Ramirez

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Kenneth Ramirez is well respected for his strong regulatory practice and previous agency experience. Interviewees describe him as "a superb water rights practitioner."

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees describe Tracie Renfroe as "a strategic decision maker, a wonderful trial lawyer who thinks well on her feet and a great orator." She is noted for her expert handling of contamination and waste management cases, and frequently acts in high-profile cross-border disputes.

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Kelley Drye/Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs

From the Chambers USA guide

John Riley comes highly recommended for his environmental litigation practice. He frequently appears before bodies such as EPA and TCEQ in enforcement proceedings and permitting matters on behalf of clients such as waste disposal companies and manufacturers.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Seals is highly regarded for his regulatory compliance practice and handling of environmental litigation. Market commentators describe him as "a talented lawyer with good judgment."

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Shelton is a "very knowledgeable" attorney who frequently advises on the environmental due diligence aspects of high-value transactions, as well as handling areas such as brownfield remediation and CERCLA matters. She is particularly noted for her work in the energy industry.

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Smiley Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Smiley of Smiley Law Firm is renowned for her significant water law practice. She remains a go-to attorney for regulatory compliance concerns and enforcement actions.

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Michael A Chernekoff

Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Chernekoff of Jones Walker LLP draws praise for his broad practice, which includes advising on permitting issues and enforcement proceedings, as well as transactional due diligence. He is also noted for his expertise in Superfund matters.

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Heather M Corken Palmer

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heather Corken Palmer frequently advises clients in the oil and gas industries on environmental concerns, attracting praise for her "very high-quality work." Her recent practice includes handling the due diligence aspects of multiple transactions, as well as advising on air permitting and endangered species matters.

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Cowan stands out for his expertise in climate change and endangered species work, and frequently acts for major wind energy clients. Commentators are impressed by the way his "creative and sharp thinking" contributes to his solution-focused practice.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

John Dugdale frequently handles remediation, compliance and permitting matters, drawing on significant experience in representing clients' interests before government agencies. Interviewees note that he is "very strong in Superfund work."

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Porter Hedges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ragna Henrichs is a "very smart and knowledgeable" environmental expert based at Porter Hedges LLP. Her broad practice includes advising on Superfund matters and permitting issues, as well as defending clients in enforcement proceedings.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Aileen Hooks stands out for her experience overseeing the environmental and safety aspects of international transactions and projects. She frequently advises on large mergers and divestitures, offering particular experience in site remediation matters.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Janoe has extensive experience in crisis response matters and environmental disputes. He is regarded as a go-to attorney in the energy space, acting for a range of oil and gas companies.

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Enoch Kever PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Rodman Johnson of Enoch Kever PLLC frequently advises on OSHA compliance and enforcement matters, as well as fielding particular expertise in air quality work. He is noted for his longstanding regulatory practice, which includes former agency experience.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Mazzone maintains a strong civil and white-collar criminal defense practice, and is noted for his expertise in environmental disputes. He "provides excellent client service" and "looks for creative solutions," according to impressed clients.

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Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Bryan Moore is highly respected for his wide-ranging expertise in water, air and waste regulatory issues. He frequently advises energy and industrial clients on permitting matters, litigation and enforcement proceedings.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Steve Morton of K&L Gates is held in high esteem among commentators for his extensive transactional and regulatory experience. He is particularly adept at handling remediation and hazardous waste matters. Clients note that his "technical and regulatory environmental knowledge is excellent."

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Paulson receives praise for his extensive CAA practice and experience in negotiating permitting issues with regulatory agencies. Impressed clients describe him as "results-oriented and committed to providing sound strategic legal counsel."

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Pels receives praise from clients for "finding solutions tailored to business needs." He is highly regarded for his litigation practice and handling of air permitting and compliance matters, and frequently advises clients in the energy sector.

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Rainey has extensive experience in overseeing the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, and is increasingly active in enforcement matters. Clients appreciate her pragmatic handling of work and note that she is "super-responsive."

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Rebecca Rentz attracts praise for her air quality expertise and frequently advises on permitting, enforcement actions and corporate transactions. Clients state: "She gets directly to the heart of a problem and comes up with creative strategies."

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Kelley Drye/Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Sarahan is described as a "very smart and engaging" attorney, whose broad practice includes enforcement actions, permitting concerns and Superfund work. He is well versed in air, water and waste regulatory issues.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients particularly value Derek Seal's strength in negotiating with regulatory authorities and consider him "a great problem solver." He is well versed in a range of compliance and litigation matters, fielding particular strength in handling water supply and rights issues.

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Strasburger & Price LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Sniff of Strasburger & Price LLP is "very knowledgeable of environmental law and regulatory processes," according to interviewees. He regularly represents clients before EPA and OSHA, while also handling civil environmental litigation such as toxic tort claims.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Snyder is particularly acclaimed for her expertise in water issues affecting the oil and gas industry. Sources note that "she has lots of knowledge at her fingertips and thinks outside the box."

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Stewart of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP fields significant experience in toxic tort, waste remediation and air pollution matters. His broad environmental expertise includes a focus on criminal investigations and enforcement proceedings.

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Whit Swift is praised by commentators for his "client-focused and very practical" style. He is highly regarded for his expertise in air permitting and compliance matters, and regularly advises manufacturing, energy and chemical companies.

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George O Wilkinson Jr

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Wilkinson scores highly for his strong civil and criminal litigation expertise, which includes handling environmental enforcement proceedings. His practice also includes counseling on regulatory compliance and responding to industrial accidents.

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Up and Coming

Ashley T K Phillips

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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Up and Coming

Christopher D. Smith

Smith+Jolin

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Smith of Smith+Jolin is recognized for his "very knowledgeable" handling of enforcement actions concerning various environmental issues. He is particularly adept at advising on CWA and Endangered Species Act matters.

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Associates to watch

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Lindsey Moorhead is increasingly recognized for her broad environmental practice, which includes advising on Superfund cleanups, regulatory company and waste matters. According to clients, she is "an amazing resource and knocks it out of the park!"

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Associates to watch

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Paulina Williams is valued for her "very deep understanding of a number of water issues" and ability to effectively convey complex issues. Her practice also includes negotiating air permitting and handling environmental litigation.

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