Environmental, Health, and Safety

The Firm’s environmental practice includes the full range of administrative law and litigation matters related to air, water, solid and hazardous waste, radioactive materials handling, and Superfund. Clients include individuals, municipalities and companies in the oil refining, chemical, petrochemical, transportation, public utility, manufacturing, insurance, land development, waste disposal and recycling industries. Representative clients include SI Group, Inc., the City of Port Arthur, Texas, Enable Midstream Partners, Sekisui Speciality Chemicals, British Petroleum, and Lufkin Creosoting Co., Inc.

The attorneys in the Firm’s environmental section practice before the various State and Federal agencies involved in environmental regulation, dealing with licensing, regulatory development, and enforcement matters.

These attorneys also practice before State and Federal courts in the areas of civil enforcement, judicial appeals of agency actions, and personal injury and property damage cases arising out of environmental incidents. These attorneys routinely work on a close basis with environmental engineering firms to resolve both technical and legal problems.

Our attorneys led the first State and EPA permitting of a commercial hazardous waste incinerator in the country and have been involved in some of the most significant permit and compliance issues in Texas in recent years. The Firm’s familiarity with Texas and Federal regulators dates back to the early 1970s.

The Firm has successfully represented corporate clients in civil and criminal enforcement matters, including major government claims for multi-million dollar penalties and corrective actions. The Firm has also successfully defended clients in toxic tort jury trials against claims for actual and punitive damages in excess of $5 million.

The Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental Practice Areas were ranked number three nationally and number one in Houston for 2016 in Best Law Firms - U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers Ranking.
  • Kelly D. Brown P.E.
  • Robert E. (Robin) Morse, III
  • James E. Smith
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