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William J. Jackson

Location: Houston, Texas
Phone: 713-355-5050
Fax: 713-355-5001
Email Me (bjackson@jgdpc.com)
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Bill Jackson has been repeatedly recognized as a leading environmental litigator by Chambers & Partners USA Guide, Texas Super Lawyers, and Texas Rising Stars, as a Top Rated Lawyer and AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble, as Superb/10 by AVVO, and as one of Houston's Best Lawyers by Houston and H-Texas Magazines. Jackson is a Life Fellow of the Texas and Houston Bar Associations, is a nationally recognized speaker on natural resource damages and environmental litigation matters, and represents clients in several of the largest environmental litigation matters in the country.

Environmental Litigation: Bill Jackson has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of environmental and natural resource damages matters across the country. Jackson's environmental experience includes claims for significant property damages, economic impacts, remediation costs, and natural resource damages at sites from coast to coast. Likewise, he represents both natural resource trustees and private-sector clients appearing before state and federal environmental agencies. Representative experiences include:

  • Representing the State of Louisiana in connection with the natural resource damages and economic damages suffered by the State of Louisiana as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Serving as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in pursuing remediation costs, economic damages, and natural resource damages associated with the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River and Newark Bay.
  • Representing transportation-sector clients in significant natural resource damages and remediation matters involving the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Oregon and the Clark Fork River Basin Superfund Site in Montana.
  • Serving as co-national counsel for a major railroad in its system-wide effort to recover environmental remediation costs and property damages at various sites across the country for almost a decade.
  • Representing port authorities in pursuing claims against petrochemical and pesticides plants for releasing hazardous materials onto the ports' properties, submerged lands and waterways, impacts to navigation and commerce, remediation and disposal costs, and resulting public economic impacts.

Commercial Litigation: Bill Jackson also has extensive experience in representing parties to significant commercial litigation disputes, including suits involving partnership and corporate formation issues, alter ego and de facto merger issues, civil-RICO, ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference, and breach of contract and indemnity matters. Representative experiences include:

  • Representing various petrochemical and pipeline companies in litigation related to reserves, royalty disputes, pipeline failures, contract and indemnity matters, and take-or-pay disputes.
  • Representing various public and private condemning authorities in condemnation matters.
  • Representing foreign banks and corporations as both plaintiffs and defendants in civil-RICO and related federal bank fraud litigation.
  • Representing architects and engineers in various commercial and construction litigation matters, including the successful defense of a $100 million design and delay claim.

Professional & Educational Background

  • Bill Jackson is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Jackson is also admitted pro hac vice in a wide variety of state and federal courts where he has active litigation matters pending.
  • Prior to founding Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, Bill Jackson was a partner at Connelly Baker Wotring & Jackson, LLP and at Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, LLP. He began his legal career as an associate with Mayer Brown, LLP.
  • Jackson received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1992. At the University of Houston Law Center, Jackson was awarded the Harold Sellers Scholarship as the top student in his first-year section and received the American Jurisprudence Award. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review, was a member of Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity, and various student organizations.
  • Jackson received his Bachelors of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. While at the University of Texas, he was a member of the Silver Spur Honorary Service Organization, served as President and Treasurer of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and was a member of the University of Texas' IFC Presidents Council.

Industry Organizations

Bill Jackson is a member of various industry organizations and a regular presenter at programs of significance to his clients. Jackson is an active member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the American Association of Port Authorities, the Gulf Ports of the Americas Association, and the Texas Ports Association.

Bar-Related Organizations

Bill Jackson has been actively involved in a variety of professional organizations throughout his career and has served the legal profession in a variety of roles, including:

  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association (President, Officer, Director, Committee Chair).
  • Houston Bar Association (Board of Directors, Environmental Section Director).
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association (President, Treasurer, Director, Committee Chair).
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation (Chair, Treasurer, Trustee, Committee Chair).
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (Director, Various Committee Chair).

Civic Organizations

Bill Jackson is actively involved in a wide variety of civic and community organizations, especially those focused on issues impacting quality of life, the environment and children, including:

  • Galveston Bay Foundation (Board of Trustees and Special Counsel to the Executive Board).
  • Trees for Houston (Board of Directors).
  • Leadership Houston (Class XXIII).
  • Justice for Children (National Board of Directors and Treasurer).
  • Bayou Preservation Association.


Bill Jackson regularly presents on natural resource damages, environmental and litigation matters across the country. Some recent presentations and papers include:

  • Natural Resource Damages Conferences (LSI Seminars, Santa Fe, 2012-2009).
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Understanding Regulatory Schemes & Natural Resource Damages Risks (Gas Drilling Operations Conference, Dallas, 2011).
  • The Oil Pollution Act and the Gulf of Mexico 18 Months after the Deepwater Horizon (Gulf Ports Association, Mobile, 2011).
  • Natural Resource Damages - Digging Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Damages (HB Litigation Conference, Miami, 2010).
  • Creative Approaches to Early Restoration and Resolution of Natural Resource Damages Claims (Restore America's Estuaries 5th National Conference, Galveston, 2010).
  • Passaic River Litigation Update (Law Seminars International, Newark, 2010).
  • Scope of Natural Resource Trustees' Authority (ALI-ABA Environmental Litigation Seminar, Boulder, 2010).
  • Natural Resource Damages Assessments (American Bar Association, Baltimore, 2009).
  • Environmental Issues Facing Ports (AAPA Port Administration & Legal Issues Seminar, Jacksonville, 2009).
  • Federal Preemption of State Environmental and Natural Resource Damages Actions (ABA Environmental Section Paper, 2007).
  • Environmental Issues Impacting the Transportation Sector (Texas Department of Transportation's Ports & Waterways Conference, Corpus Christi, 2007).
  • Strategies to Avoid and Allocate Environmental Liabilities (Gulf Ports Association, Tampa, 2007).
  • Natural Resource Damage Litigation Workshop (American Association of Port Authorities, Vancouver, 2006).
  • State Natural Resource Damages Litigation Developments (Mealey's Environmental Seminar, Houston, 2005).
  • Understanding Jury Biases & Private Rights of Recovery in Environmental Contamination Cases (Texas Environmental Super-Conference, Austin, 2004).
  • Litigating Ecological Risk Assessments and Sediment Remediation Issues (Ports 2004 Conference, Houston, 2004).

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC shareholder John Hagan was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Public Interest Award for pro bono service in the field of public interest law.
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2015.
  • Bill Jackson has again been honored as a leading Environmental Litigator by Chambers and Partners' 2015 Chambers USA Guide.
  • Lori Warner was again named to "The Best Lawyers in America" in the Environmental practice area for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson will present to the American Association of Port Authorities at the April 7, 2015 conference in New Orleans on innovative approaches to moving from environmental contamination and natural resource injury directly to restoration and economic redevelopment.
  • As part of a pro bono team, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs partner John Hagan obtained a landmark decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that fundamentally changes the process for certifying juveniles to stand trial as adults in the State of Texas.
  • Bill Jackson was named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation again for 2014.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were again named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2015.
  • Lori Warner and Bill Jackson were named "Top Rated Lawyers in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal.
  • Bill Jackson and Lori Warner were honored in the Texas Lawyer as "Top Rated Lawyers in Texas" and A/V preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.