Environmental, Health and Safety


If you’re an individual, municipality or company in the energy, chemical, petrochemical, transportation, public utility, manufacturing, insurance, land development, waste disposal or recycling industries, our experienced environmental attorneys can help put you on solid legal ground.

Crain Caton & James’ 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. Representative clients include SI Group, Inc., the City of Port Arthur, Texas, Enable Midstream Partners, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, British Petroleum and Lufkin Creosoting Co., Inc.

Our environmental lawyers practice before the various State and Federal agencies involved in environmental regulation, dealing with licensing, regulatory development and enforcement matters.

These lawyers 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. They routinely work on a close basis with environmental engineering firms to resolve both technical and legal problems, especially EHS audits.

Our experienced lawyers 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. Our familiarity with Texas and Federal regulators dates back to the early 1970s.

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

Our 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. Our environmental lawyers have been honored by organizations including Chambers, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.