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Baker Botts LLP - Environment Department

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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. Also experienced with waste and contaminated site concerns. Stands out for its emergency response counsel and handling of damages lawsuits.

Strengths Market commentators consider it to be "an excellent firm with a deep environmental practice."

Interviewees find the team "easy to work with and very client-focused."

Work highlights Assisted the Texas Industry Project creating an emissions banking and trading program with the State of Texas that will allow reductions in emissions from mobile sources and smaller sources of ozone precursors to be used by larger industrial facilities as emission offsets as required by the Federal Clean Air Act.

Notable practitioners

Pamela Giblin has extensive knowledge and experience of environmental law and is known for her "outstanding relationships" with regulatory authorities. She is an expert on air quality issues.

The "terrific" Molly Cagle focuses primarily on water law matters. She appears regularly before government agencies and in court on behalf of clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transport and oil and gas companies.

Matthew Kuryla's practice covers transactional advice, regulatory counseling, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. One source says he "delivers top-tier performance and has a depth of experience and expertise uniquely valuable to Texas clients."

Jennifer Keane is known for her expertise in Clean Air Act matters. She advises clients on a range of regulatory issues including enforcement, permitting, auditing and compliance matters. Clients describe her as "wicked smart" and say she has "excellent command of Texas air regulations and an ability to spot issues of concern during rulemaking and advocacy efforts."

Derek McDonald is well regarded for his experience with large project development and remediation.

Aileen Hooks is experienced in a range of environmental issues surrounding transactions, projects, and contentious actions. She also advises on regulatory compliance. Her client base includes national companies in the energy sector.

Scott Janoe chairs the firm's environmental department. He represents clients at state and federal levels in environmental litigation, compliance and enforcement matters. He is well versed in crisis management.

The "tremendously smart" Paulina Williams comes recommended for her skill in regulatory water work. She lends support in transactions and litigation with natural resources issues as well as advising on general compliance.

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Bracewell LLP - Environment Department

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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. Expansive expertise in the water and air arena covers compliance and enforcement matters, investigations and environmental litigation.

Strengths One client says: "They give practical advice and they're very balanced, responsive and proactive."

Further sources report that "they are responsive to clients' needs and good at appropriately staffing projects with the right level of support."

Work highlights Represented Pilot Chemical in connection with an EPA notice and federal district court litigation concerning the Omega Chemical Superfund Site.

Acted for Nalco in an air enforcement action brought by the TCEQ for alleged noncompliance at a facility in Fresno.

Notable practitioners

Sara Burgin offers a wide-ranging environmental practice with a particular focus on water issues. Market sources describe her as "a guru" and "one of the top-quality water lawyers in the state." She handles compliance, enforcement and permitting matters.

Timothy Wilkins has a wealth of experience in environmental investigations and enforcement actions, and also regularly advises on compliance concerns in transactions. Clients say that "he is practical, easy to talk to and his expertise is very deep." He represents major corporate clients in the energy, chemical and manufacturing industries.

Matthew Paulson is best known for his expertise with air regulation. He frequently assists energy and manufacturing clients with permitting matters for project development and M&A transactions.

Whit Swift is known for his expertise on the Clean Air Act. He frequently represents oil and gas companies. Clients say he is "very, very responsive and a pleasure to work with."

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

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What the team is known for Widely celebrated environmental boutique that has strength across areas such as Clean Air Act 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. Also noted for its experience representing independent petroleum refiners.

Strengths Clients find the team to be "highly qualified and innovative in their approach," and "appreciate their focus on evaluating alternatives to allow a deal to go through."

Market sources say: "They're a very good, reliable firm for local and state regulatory and permitting issues."

Notable practitioners

The "very experienced" John Slavich is highly knowledgeable with regard to the redevelopment and remediation of contaminated sites. He advises on related financial and transactional matters, and frequently assists clients in the development of real estate.

Joseph Guida is experienced in a broad array of environmental work. He advises on solid and hazardous waste management issues, toxic substances matters and air and water quality control.

Paul Seals is experienced in a range of liability and compliance issues for project transactions and development. He is also practiced in public and administrative law.

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Locke Lord LLP - Environment Department

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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. Also particularly well versed serving real estate and construction clients as well as financial services entities.

Strengths "They do fantastic work," says one client, who lauds the team as "very knowledgeable, responsive and creative."

Another source says: "They always do a wonderful job - they are very confident and couldn't be more service-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Jones Blair in its sale to Hempel, advising on a number of unresolved environmental remediation issues, including cleanup on certain properties that had been ongoing for several decades.

Acted as national environmental counsel for the multifamily apartment developer JPI. Worked with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health to remediate petroleum impacts in soil and groundwater on the site of the client's redevelopment project in the area.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Mack is recognized for her abilities assisting clients with environmental issues in the real estate and corporate spheres. "She exemplifies what I look for in outside counsel," says one source. "She's an expert in her subject, she's practical and business-minded and she provides the best client service."

Gerald Higdon's areas of expertise include environmental risk assessment, permitting and enforcement defense. Sources say: "He has a very deep knowledge of how things work, he's very prompt and is very easy to work with."

Benjamin Cowan advises on a range of climate change and renewable energy mandates, assisting with project development, transactions, permitting and liability issues. He is also known for his expertise in wildlife and endangered species law.

Gerald Pels provides broad environmental advice to his clients in the energy and real estate sectors, offering expertise on site assessment, regulatory compliance and risk management. He is particularly experienced with air permitting and enforcement matters.

Susan Rainey represents a wide range of clients in corporate and real estate transactions. Sources describe her as a "clear, articulate and focused adviser who is able to walk everyone through a deal."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Environment Department

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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. Regularly represents oil and gas corporations and financial services companies.

Strengths Clients say: "Vinson & Elkins has an experienced and capable environmental team that knows and understands the energy industry and how environmental issues fit into equity offerings and securities disclosures."

Sources also highlight the team's "excellent client service, knowledge and responsiveness."

Work highlights Advised Sunoco on the sale of more than 1,100 of its convenience store outlets to 7-Eleven. A critical aspect of the deal was potential environmental liability arising from past operation of the outlets.

Represented Southwest Business Properties in a civil action involving an environmental remediation cost recovery claim against four former tenants to address liabilities resulting from chlorinated solvent contamination in soil and groundwater from the tenants’ operations.

Notable practitioners

Eric Groten is a specialist in the Clean Air Act. His practice covers a full spectrum of compliance issues, litigation and permitting matters. One client says: "If I have a Texas question I'm calling him, he's got the experience, is real practical, funny and efficient, doesn't waste time, and has got great connections." The interviewee also notes: "He is creative in thinking through how to find an interpretation that's going to get you the result you need."

Larry Nettles is known for his wealth of experience in the field, particularly with regard to assisting with the environmental aspects of transactions. His broad expertise also encompasses a range of compliance, cost-recovery and contentious issues. One source says: "He is an expert in his field who demonstrates command of the issues with relative ease and confidence."

George Wilkinson is a broadly skilled environmental practitioner recognized by market sources for his enforcement experience and his "thoughtful and steady" approach. He advises a number of clients from the energy and chemical industries on regulatory issues including investigations and litigation.

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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 Department

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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 air and water permitting issues, administrative hearings and compliance. Broad client base includes major chemical, energy and water entities. Frequently acts on TCEQ and EPA regulatory matters. Experienced advising on Superfund work.

Strengths One commentator praises the team for its "excellent service," highlighting that "they are always timely and available to our needs, and they know the people in the regulatory authorities to speak to when needed."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Corix Utilities in the preparation and filing of a rate increase application involving 13 physical water utility systems and seven physical wastewater utility systems in nine Texas counties.

Engaged by Texas Municipal Power Agency to advise on the sale of a coal-fired power plant in East Texas.

Notable practitioners

Albert Axe's clients include members of the oil and gas, chemical, waste management and industrial manufacturing sectors. He provides advice on a broad range of environmental matters, from litigation to transactional support. Clients say: "He brings a lot of logic and understanding to complex issues."

Keith Courtney is praised by market commentators for his "in-depth understanding of environmental law." He advises on a range of environmental matters such as air permitting and enforcement proceedings. He has significant experience acting for clients in the energy sector.

Derek Seal is a former environmental agency counsel. He is recognized for his expertise in a range of environmental issues, including permitting, enforcement, water rights and water-related transactions. Clients consider him to be "tremendously insightful."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team that regularly advises on regulatory concerns and major transactions. Serves a client base drawn from a range of industries including the energy, financial services, manufacturing, retail and chemical sectors. Expertise includes air compliance issues arising from corporate transactions, as well as the representation of government agencies in enforcement actions.

Strengths "Their service and expertise has been exceptional," says one client.

Another source values the team for being "personable and dedicated."

Work highlights Acted for Gladden Limited Partnership in negotiations with the US Postal Service regarding asbestos-containing floor tiles in a building leased out by the client.

Represented KMG Chemicals in its acquisition of Flowchem, assisting in environmental due diligence and in negotiating the environmental terms of the purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners

James Braddock is known as an environmental "guru" for his wealth of experience in the space. He is well versed with air and water permitting, liability issues and regulatory compliance for clients in a range of industries.

Jeff Civins is widely recognized for excellent track record in environmental law. His experience includes advising clients on business transactions, representing them before agencies and courts, and assisting on permitting matters. He is considered to be "one of the deans of environmental law in Texas."

John Eldridge is highly experienced in environmental regulation and litigation. He is particularly well versed in matters such as property contamination, Superfunds and toxic tort litigation. Interviewees praise his "client service, broad base of interpersonal relationships and technical knowledge."

Mary Mendoza is noted for her representation of a wide variety of clients regarding environmental risk issues. She advises on due diligence and other environmental factors in transactions, and also assists with regulatory and litigation proceedings.

Michael Mazzone is an experienced trial lawyer who frequently defends clients in environmentally driven personal injury and damages cases. His clients include energy companies and industrial manufacturers.

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Jackson Walker LLP - Environment Department

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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. Also well-versed serving clients from the financial services sector.

Strengths "The team has a broad range of experience, is easy to communicate with, efficient in work product, adaptable, and responsive," comments a client.

Other sources also praise the "excellent communication and customer service."

Work highlights Acted for Lignite Energy Council and Gulf Coast Lignite Coalition in the appeal of EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for carbon dioxide emissions.

Represented Balanced Energy for Texas and the Texas Mining & Reclamation Association in appeal against EPA's Federal Implementation Plan for Arkansas regarding the Regional Haze provisions of the Clean Air Act.

Notable practitioners

Michael Nasi represents clients in the natural resources, energy and metals industries on Clean Air Act matters. He has represented clients before both state and federal agencies and is praised by sources as "an excellent communicator and strong advocate."

Leonard Dougal is best known for his expertise in water regulatory issues. He assists a variety of corporate clients with compliance and litigation relating to federal and state water law.

Daniel Vineyard is praised by clients for his "broad and deep knowledge of the law and his communication skill, both in building consensus within multicompany groups and in coming to agreement with regulatory agencies." He assists clients with contentious and noncontentious contamination issues, including environmental audits and Superfunds advice.

Lindsey Moorhead assists in site cleanup and remediation projects, and regularly acts for energy companies. Commentators describe her as "an open thinker and communicator who is very adaptable and responsive."

About the Team (content provided 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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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Environment Department

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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 water contamination and catastrophic events. Especially well versed in handling cleanup and liability matters related to port operations. Also noted for its significant regulatory practice, which includes particular expertise in advising energy industry clients.

Strengths "The team is collaborative, creative and provides excellent value," says one client.

Sources also commend the group for its "very strong litigation skill and understanding of the law."

Work highlights Acted for the San Diego Unified Port District in multiple actions arising from sediment contamination of the east end of Harbor Island in San Diego.

Acted for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as co-counsel in extensive litigation with over 40 defendants concerning islandwide MTBE contamination of groundwater.

Notable practitioners

William Jackson is recognized for his environmental litigation abilities. He regularly represents port authorities, states and energy companies in high-value contamination cases. Clients say he is "knowledgeable and tenacious" with "excellent negotiation skills."

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Thompson & Knight LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Well respected for its deep environmental expertise. Serves a broad range of industries including clients in the chemical, energy, natural resources and retail sectors. 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 One client comments: "They have always been very responsive whenever I've reached out and their advice was always spot-on and very practical."

Further sources describe the group as "experienced and efficient."

Work highlights Represented BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and Houston Belt & Terminal Railway in challenging a drainage fee ordinance adopted by the City of Houston.

Acted for the Laredo Merchants Association in a lawsuit against the City of Laredo challenging its proposed ordinance banning single-use plastic and paper bags in its retail stores.

Notable practitioners

James Harris is valued by his clients for being "very analytical, strategic and practical." He is an experienced litigator with expertise in a range of enforcement actions, regulation challenges and other lawsuits arising from environmental liability or compliance issues.

James Morriss is well versed in permitting and auditing matters. He is especially active on matters concerning wetlands and endangered species. He is praised by market sources for his "very deep knowledge of the issues he advises on."

Ashley Phillips primarily advises on environmental regulations. She assist clients from a range of industries with audits and compliance matters with regard to air and water quality, as well as other possible environmental defects.

About the Team (content provided 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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Beveridge & Diamond PC - Environment Department

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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. Particularly experienced with water quality matters. Also frequently active in enforcement proceedings and maintains a dominant presence in the petrochemical sector.

Strengths Clients value that "they have strong analytical skills and a strategic approach."

Interviewees also highlight that "they have a wide government experience with agencies, both at state and federal level."

Work highlights Secured partial summary judgment for District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority on negligence and statutory claims related to alleged lead in drinking water.

Advised several companies on the use of the Audit Act to secure certain immunities from Texas administrative or civil penalties for voluntarily disclosed and corrected environmental health and safety violations.

Notable practitioners

Bryan Moore is recognized for his abilities acting for clients in contentious environmental proceedings such as permitting issues, audits and enforcement actions. He is experienced in the full scope of representation from strategic advice through to litigation.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Environment Department

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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 federal and state regulatory authorities, including OSHA, EPA and TCEQ. Additionally noted for its strong regulatory compliance experience, which includes advising on waste, air and water issues.

Strengths One client praises the firm for its "great depth and knowledge regarding both the regulation and the dynamics within the agencies we dealt with," and describes the team as "practical, experienced, responsive, and trustworthy."

"They have experience, common sense and strategic smarts," adds another commentator.

Work highlights Represented DuPont in connection with a catastrophic toxic environmental release that resulted in multiple fatalities in La Porte, Texas on November 15, 2014. Acted on behalf of the client before a number of environmental authorities.

Advised Dow Chemical on an EPA National Enforcement Investigations Center inspection of the client's facilities in Freeport, Texas.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Danny Worrell "provides practical actionable advice and substantial expertise" on environmental enforcement actions, compliance and due diligence. He is particularly experienced with respect to environmental accident response and resolution.

Mark Farley is best known for his crisis management and environmental risk assessment expertise. He represents a number of clients in the chemical, energy and industrial manufacturing sectors. Market commentators consider him "extremely knowledgeable and a go-to lawyer in this realm."

About the Team (content provided 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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King & Spalding LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a strong 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 client base drawn from the mining, energy, manufacturing and chemicals industries.

Strengths Sources say the group is made up of "high-quality lawyers who are responsive and get results."

One interviewee says: "The team's strengths are their client service, intelligence, trial skills, leadership abilities, dedication and human kindness."

Work highlights Represented Chevron in an investment arbitration arising from a $9 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against the client for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.

Defended Shell in a drinking water contamination products liability case brought by the City of Clovis, California concerning the manufacture and distribution of a soil fumigant to farmers in the Clovis area beginning in the mid-1940s through 1984, which the plaintiff alleged contained toxic components.

Notable practitioners

Tracie Renfroe is known as a "terrific litigator" for contamination and toxic tort issues. She regularly litigates in matters of alleged water and soil contamination. Sources praise her "strong technical knowledge and client focus."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Environment Department

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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. Often called upon by clients for defense in pollution, contamination and toxic tort cases.

Strengths One client highlights that "as a firm they are very responsive; whoever the partner is they get back to us within 24 hours," and also notes that "they have a lot of bench strength and can handle a lot of issues at once while getting you those fast responses."

Work highlights Advised EOG Resources in relation to the environmental issues surrounding the client's acquisition of Yates Petroleum.

Represented Vulcan in protracted claims brought by EPA and State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding alleged releases of hazardous substances into the Passaic River.

Notable practitioners

Edward Lewis is known as a "brilliant Clean Air Act lawyer." He handles environmental due diligence and compliance matters with regard to transactions, and also frequently acts for clients in enforcement actions of all kinds.

About the Team (content provided by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Our global environmental law team understands that clients seeking high-quality legal advice require lawyers with an in-depth understanding of environmental laws, policy and regulation, both domestically and around the world.

From air and water pollution, land contamination, habitat protection and climate change to sustainability, energy efficiency, waste minimization and use of renewables, our environmental lawyers know the importance of properly navigating environmental issues and risk mitigation for successful business operations. Now more than ever, businesses cannot afford to ignore these issues as non-compliance can lead to criminal liability (both corporate and individual) and significant financial and reputational issues.

Our lawyers collaborate with in-house teams and technical practitioners to provide broad legal advice on environmental processes, as well as risk management strategies. We have extensive experience in environmental litigation matters, government enforcement actions, regulatory interpretations and environmental administrative civil and criminal proceedings.

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Foley Gardere - Environment Department

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About the Team (content provided by Foley Gardere)

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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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Environment Department

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About the Team (content provided by Hunton Andrews Kurth 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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Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. - Environment Department

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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 experienced in an array of permitting and compliance work. He is especially well versed with waste regulation and has acted on a variety of solid and hazardous waste mandates.

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Senior Statesperson

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Braddock is known as an environmental "guru" for his wealth of experience in the space. He is well versed with air and water permitting, liability issues and regulatory compliance for clients in a range of industries.

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Senior Statesperson

Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Civins is widely recognized for excellent track record in environmental law. His experience includes advising clients on business transactions, representing them before agencies and courts, and assisting on permitting matters. He is considered to be "one of the deans of environmental law in Texas."

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Senior Statesperson

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Pamela Giblin has extensive knowledge and experience of environmental law and is known for her "outstanding relationships" with regulatory authorities. She is an expert on air quality issues.

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sara Burgin offers a wide-ranging environmental practice with a particular focus on water issues. Market sources describe her as "a guru" and "one of the top-quality water lawyers in the state." She handles compliance, enforcement and permitting matters.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Molly Cagle focuses primarily on water law matters. She appears regularly before government agencies and in court on behalf of clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transport and oil and gas companies.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Groten is a specialist in the Clean Air Act. His practice covers a full spectrum of compliance issues, litigation and permitting matters. One client says: "If I have a Texas question I'm calling him, he's got the experience, is real practical, funny and efficient, doesn't waste time, and has got great connections." The interviewee also notes: "He is creative in thinking through how to find an interpretation that's going to get you the result you need."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Nettles is known for his wealth of experience in the field, particularly with regard to assisting with the environmental aspects of transactions. His broad expertise also encompasses a range of compliance, cost-recovery and contentious issues. One source says: "He is an expert in his field who demonstrates command of the issues with relative ease and confidence."

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Christopher B Amandes

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Amandes of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is renowned for his environmental regulatory expertise. Market commentators describe him as "a very disciplined, intelligent and experienced environmental lawyer." He assists clients with due diligence in transactions as well as compliance matters and enforcement defense.

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Band 2

Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Albert Axe's clients include members of the oil and gas, chemical, waste management and industrial manufacturing sectors. He provides advice on a broad range of environmental matters, from litigation to transactional support. Clients say: "He brings a lot of logic and understanding to complex issues."

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Band 2

Baker Wotring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Debra Baker of Baker Wotring LLP is known for her regulatory experience, with broad expertise across a variety of compliance and permitting matters. She is also an experienced environmental litigator.

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Band 2

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Harris is valued by his clients for being "very analytical, strategic and practical." He is an experienced litigator with expertise in a range of enforcement actions, regulation challenges and other lawsuits arising from environmental liability or compliance issues.

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Band 2

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Kuryla's practice covers transactional advice, regulatory counseling, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. One source says he "delivers top-tier performance and has a depth of experience and expertise uniquely valuable to Texas clients."

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Lewis is known as a "brilliant Clean Air Act lawyer." He handles environmental due diligence and compliance matters with regard to transactions, and also frequently acts for clients in enforcement actions of all kinds.

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Band 2

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Mack is recognized for her abilities assisting clients with environmental issues in the real estate and corporate spheres. "She exemplifies what I look for in outside counsel," says one source. "She's an expert in her subject, she's practical and business-minded and she provides the best client service."

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James C Morriss III

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Morriss is well versed in permitting and auditing matters. He is especially active on matters concerning wetlands and endangered species. He is praised by market sources for his "very deep knowledge of the issues he advises on."

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Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Nasi represents clients in the natural resources, energy and metals industries on Clean Air Act matters. He has represented clients before both state and federal agencies and is praised by sources as "an excellent communicator and strong advocate."

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very experienced" John Slavich is highly knowledgeable with regard to the redevelopment and remediation of contaminated sites. He advises on related financial and transactional matters, and frequently assists clients in the development of real estate.

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Crain Caton & James

From the Chambers USA guide

James Smith of Crain Caton & James supports clients with transactions, strategic advice and in trials that arise from environmental issues. He focuses in particular on representing clients in the natural resources sector such as petrochemical companies.

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Timothy A Wilkins

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Wilkins has a wealth of experience in environmental investigations and enforcement actions, and also regularly advises on compliance concerns in transactions. Clients say that "he is practical, easy to talk to and his expertise is very deep." He represents major corporate clients in the energy, chemical and manufacturing industries.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say that Danny Worrell "provides practical actionable advice and substantial expertise" on environmental enforcement actions, compliance and due diligence. He is particularly experienced with respect to environmental accident response and resolution.

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Christopher L Bell

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Bell of Greenberg Traurig, LLP regularly advises on enforcement and compliance matters for energy and transport clients. He also assists with noncontentious work, such as due diligence in transactions. Clients say: "Chris is completely trustworthy and always comes through in a pinch."

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Band 3

C Bishop Law PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Bishop of C Bishop Law PC brings her engineering industry experience to advise clients in a range of environmental matters. She is particularly active in the chemical manufacturing and oil and gas industries.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Courtney is praised by market commentators for his "in-depth understanding of environmental law." He advises on a range of environmental matters such as air permitting and enforcement proceedings. He has significant experience acting for clients in the energy sector.

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Leonard H. Dougal

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leonard Dougal is best known for his expertise in water regulatory issues. He assists a variety of corporate clients with compliance and litigation relating to federal and state water law.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Eldridge is highly experienced in environmental regulation and litigation. He is particularly well versed in matters such as property contamination, Superfunds and toxic tort litigation. Interviewees praise his "client service, broad base of interpersonal relationships and technical knowledge."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Farley is best known for his crisis management and environmental risk assessment expertise. He represents a number of clients in the chemical, energy and industrial manufacturing sectors. Market commentators consider him "extremely knowledgeable and a go-to lawyer in this realm."

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Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Gosselink is experienced in an array of permitting and compliance work. He is especially well versed with waste regulation and has acted on a variety of solid and hazardous waste mandates.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Guida is experienced in a broad array of environmental work. He advises on solid and hazardous waste management issues, toxic substances matters and air and water quality control.

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Higdon's areas of expertise include environmental risk assessment, permitting and enforcement defense. Sources say: "He has a very deep knowledge of how things work, he's very prompt and is very easy to work with."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Jackson is recognized for his environmental litigation abilities. He regularly represents port authorities, states and energy companies in high-value contamination cases. Clients say he is "knowledgeable and tenacious" with "excellent negotiation skills."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Keane is known for her expertise in Clean Air Act matters. She advises clients on a range of regulatory issues including enforcement, permitting, auditing and compliance matters. Clients describe her as "wicked smart" and say she has "excellent command of Texas air regulations and an ability to spot issues of concern during rulemaking and advocacy efforts."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Mack of Latham & Watkins LLP advises on the environmental aspects of transactions and project financing in the oil and gas industry. He advises clients on both the energy and financial services sides.

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Band 3

Sharon M. Mattox, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Sharon Mattox is known for her focus on wetlands and water law. She is experienced advising on regulatory compliance and advocating in environmental litigation.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek McDonald is well regarded for his experience with large project development and remediation.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Mendoza is noted for her representation of a wide variety of clients regarding environmental risk issues. She advises on due diligence and other environmental factors in transactions, and also assists with regulatory and litigation proceedings.

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Frances E Phillips

Foley Gardere

From the Chambers USA guide

Frances Phillips is a former administrator and counsel of EPA, and has a particular focus on complex regulatory matters in private practice. Clients say she offers "immediate dedication to projects, exceptional knowledge of the subject matter and is fully networked with government agencies."

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Kenneth R Ramirez

Law Offices of Ken Ramirez

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Kenneth Ramirez serves clients in a broad spectrum of environmental, administrative and public law work. He is well versed with water rights issues and other environmental regulations matters.

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Band 3

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tracie Renfroe is known as a "terrific litigator" for contamination and toxic tort issues. She regularly litigates in matters of alleged water and soil contamination. Sources praise her "strong technical knowledge and client focus."

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Band 3

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Riley of Holland & Knight LLP is a litigator whose practice encompasses a range of environmental issues, with notable activity in waste disposal matters. He is also well versed with regard to air and water regulation.

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Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Seals is experienced in a range of liability and compliance issues for project transactions and development. He is also practiced in public and administrative law.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Shelton concentrates her practice on assisting financial and energy sector clients with the environmental aspects of transactions. Clients say she is "very knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic, with good commercial awareness and advice." She is also experienced with contentious environmental matters. 

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Band 3

Smiley Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Smiley of Smiley Law Firm acts on a range of enforcement and compliance proceedings. She offers a particular specialty in water law matters.

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Heather M Corken Palmer

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heather Corken Palmer of Sidley Austin LLP is praised by peers as "a really smart remediation lawyer." She is also experienced in air and water permitting and providing transactional advice from an environmental perspective. She regularly represents oil and gas entities. 

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Cowan advises on a range of climate change and renewable energy mandates, assisting with project development, transactions, permitting and liability issues. He is also known for his expertise in wildlife and endangered species law.

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Porter Hedges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ragna Henrichs of Porter Hedges LLP is recognized for her experience on regulatory matters. Clients say she is "an effective liaison good at communicating with the agencies." She advises on transactions and noncontentious compliance matters as well as assisting clients from a range of industries on enforcement cases.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Aileen Hooks is experienced in a range of environmental issues surrounding transactions, projects, and contentious actions. She also advises on regulatory compliance. Her client base includes national companies in the energy sector.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Janoe chairs the firm's environmental department. He represents clients at state and federal levels in environmental litigation, compliance and enforcement matters. He is well versed in crisis management.

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Enoch Kever PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Rodman Johnson of Enoch Kever PLLC is considered to be "a very capable and knowledgeable" attorney by peers. His practice encompasses environmental permitting, due diligence and health and safety matters. He is especially experienced with air quality work.

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Patrick J. Larkin

Strasburger & Price LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable" Patrick Larkin of Strasburger & Price LLP is best known for assisting with the environmental diligence of corporate transactions. He also advises clients from a wide range of industries on permitting matters and contentious claims.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Mazzone is an experienced trial lawyer who frequently defends clients in environmentally driven personal injury and damages cases. His clients include energy companies and industrial manufacturers.

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Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryan Moore is recognized for his abilities acting for clients in contentious environmental proceedings such as permitting issues, audits and enforcement actions. He is experienced in the full scope of representation from strategic advice through to litigation. 

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "personable and knowledgeable" Steve Morton of K&L Gates is experienced in a variety of environmental matters, including permitting claims and regulatory advice. Particular areas of expertise include waste management, water quality and contamination work.

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Band 4

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Paulson is best known for his expertise with air regulation. He frequently assists energy and manufacturing clients with permitting matters for project development and M&A transactions. 

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Pels provides broad environmental advice to his clients in the energy and real estate sectors, offering expertise on site assessment, regulatory compliance and risk management. He is particularly experienced with air permitting and enforcement matters.

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Band 4

Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Rainey represents a wide range of clients in corporate and real estate transactions. Sources describe her as a "clear, articulate and focused adviser who is able to walk everyone through a deal."

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Band 4

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Sarahan of Holland & Knight LLP advises clients on enforcement and regulation. He is experienced with regard to waste, water and air among a range of permitting and auditing matters.

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Winstead PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Seal is a former environmental agency counsel. He is recognized for his expertise in a range of environmental issues, including permitting, enforcement, water rights and water-related transactions. Clients consider him to be "tremendously insightful."

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Band 4

Christopher D. Smith

Smith+Jolin

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Smith of Smith+Jolin is highly experienced in a range of environmental law. He advises on compliance and also litigates before regulatory authorities.

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Strasburger & Price LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Sniff of Strasburger & Price LLP is an active litigator and regularly handles civil litigation matters such as toxic tort cases. His environmental practice draws on his experience as a director in EPA in advocating for a range of fuel industry clients before state and federal authorities.

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Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Stewart of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is recognized for his ability in the areas of toxic tort actions, waste contamination and air quality control. He is an experienced advocator before regulatory authorities at state and federal levels.

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Whit Swift is known for his expertise on the Clean Air Act. He frequently represents oil and gas companies. Clients say he is "very, very responsive and a pleasure to work with."

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to clients, Paul Tanaka of Kirkland & Ellis LLP possesses "extremely deep and strong technical knowledge coupled with solid business judgment." He advises major financial sector investors and power companies in connection with the environmental elements of transactions in the energy space. Market sources also note that "he is a great communicator, able to convey nuanced issues in a way that makes sense to business people."

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Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Vineyard is praised by clients for his "broad and deep knowledge of the law and his communication skill, both in building consensus within multicompany groups and in coming to agreement with regulatory agencies." He assists clients with contentious and noncontentious contamination issues, including environmental audits and Superfunds advice.

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George O Wilkinson Jr

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George Wilkinson is a broadly skilled environmental practitioner recognized by market sources for his enforcement experience and his "thoughtful and steady" approach. He advises a number of clients from the energy and chemical industries on regulatory issues including investigations and litigation.

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Up and Coming

Ashley T K Phillips

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ashley Phillips primarily advises on environmental regulations. She assist clients from a range of industries with audits and compliance matters with regard to air and water quality, as well as other possible environmental defects. 

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Associates to watch

Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lindsey Moorhead assists in site cleanup and remediation projects, and regularly acts for energy companies. Commentators describe her as "an open thinker and communicator who is very adaptable and responsive."

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Associates to watch

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "tremendously smart" Paulina Williams comes recommended for her skill in regulatory water work. She lends support in transactions and litigation with natural resources issues as well as advising on general compliance.

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