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William J. Jackson

JacksonLocation: 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, AVVO and Texas Rising Stars; as a Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal; as a Top Rated Lawyer in Texas by The Texas Lawyer, as AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble; and as one of Houston's Best Lawyers by Houston, Houstonia, and H-Texas Magazines. He 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.

Bill was lead counsel for the State of New Jersey in its decade-long litigation battle concerning the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River, which was recently settled for $355 million in costs and damages, including $67.5 million in restoration projects, and up to an additional $400 million in remediation costs, representing the largest settlement of its kind in the history of the State of New Jersey. Based in part on this record-setting result, the Texas Lawyer has selected Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC as the 2015 "Specialty Litigation Group of the Year" for Environmental Litigation in the State of Texas.

Environmental Litigation: Bill Jackson has over twenty years' experience handling a broad range of environmental issues and litigation involving natural resource damages, economic and property damages, remediation, and restoration of contaminated sites from coast-to-coast. Bill has represented ports, railroads and other transportation-sector clients, pipelines, midstream and energy-sector clients, as well as local and state governmental entities and trustee agencies, in some of the most significant environmental cases in the country, with an emphasis on rivers, bays and coastal sites. Representative experiences include:

  • 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 private-sector clients in significant natural resource damages and remediation matters involving the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Oregon, the Clark Fork River Basin Superfund Site in Montana, and the Malone Superfund Site, on Galveston Bay.
  • Serving as co-national counsel for a major railroad in its system-wide effort to assess, remediate, and recover environmental remediation costs and property damages at various sites across the country.
  • Representing the State of Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office and Governor's Office in connection with the natural resource damages and economic damages suffered by the State of Louisiana as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Representing various 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 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, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference, and breach of contract and indemnity matters. Representative experiences include:

  • Successfully representing the State of New Jersey is pursuing significant claims for fraudulent transfers, alter ego, breaches of fiduciary duties, and conspiracy to strand billions of dollars in environmental liabilities through cascading transfers of oil fields and assets to off-shore related-entities and subsidiaries.
  • Representing numerous clients in litigation concerning contractual allocation, indemnity, and assumption agreements.
  • 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.

Professional & Educational Background

  • Bill Jackson is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Jackson is also admitted pro hac vice in a wide variety of state and federal courts where he has active litigation matters pending.
  • Jackson started his career in the commercial litigation section of Mayer Brown, LLP and Mayor Day Caldwell & Keeton, LP.
  • 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 other 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. In 2014, Jackson received the Dean's Award for outstanding service to the University of Houston Law Center. He has served the legal profession in a variety of roles, including:

  • University of Houston Law Foundation (President-Elect, Board of Directors).
  • Houston Bar Association (Board of Directors, Environmental Section Director).
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association (President, Officer, Director, Committee Chair).
  • 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 (Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, Special Counsel to the Executive Board).
  • Houston Wilderness (Board of Directors).
  • Trees for Houston (Board of Directors).
  • Leadership Houston (Class XXIII).
  • Justice for Children (National Board of Directors and Treasurer).


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

  • Environmental Risks in Evolving Energy Markets, ALM/The Texas Lawyer's In-House Counsel Summit, Houston, Texas (2015).
  • Settlement Strategies and Pathways for Large Sediment Sites, American Association of Port Authorities, Legal Issues Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (2015).
  • Preemption Issues in an Evolving Energy Market, Conference of Western Attorneys General, Energy Exports Summit, Washington D.C. (2015).
  • Economic Opportunities from Environmental Harms: The Passaic River Example, Republican & Democratic Attorneys General Associations, Washington D.C. & Chicago, Illinois (2015).
  • Divisibility Issues in Sediment Cases, ABA Section of Litigation, Environmental, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar, Beaver Creek, Colorado (2014).
  • Practical and Strategic Considerations for Taking an NRD Case to Trial, Law Seminars International, Natural Resource Damages Conference, Washington, D.C. (2014).
  • Litigating Natural Resource Damages Matters on Behalf of State Trustees, Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting, Park City, Utah (2014).
  • Settlement Strategies and Enforcement in Environmental and NRD Matters, Law Seminars International, Eighth Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages Seminar, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2014).
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation: Case Law Update on Recent Rulings in Pending Tort Litigation, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, Mid-Year Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (2013).
  • Regular Faculty Member at LSI Advanced Natural Resource Damages Conferences (LSI Seminars, Santa Fe, 2009-2015).
  • The Oil Pollution Act and the Gulf of Mexico: 18 Months after the Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Ports Association, Mobile, Alabama (2011).
  • Natural Resource Damages - Digging Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Damages, HB Litigation Conference, Miami, Florida (2010).
  • Creative Approaches to Early Restoration and Resolution of Natural Resource Damages Claims, Restore America's Estuaries 5th National Conference, Galveston, Texas (2010).
  • Passaic River Litigation Update, Law Seminars International NRD Seminar, Newark, New Jersey (2010).
  • Scope of Natural Resource Trustees' Authority, ALI-ABA Environmental Litigation Seminar, Boulder, Colorado (2010).
  • Natural Resource Damages Assessments, American Bar Association, SEER Mid-Year meeting, Baltimore, Maryland (2009).
  • Environmental Issues Facing Ports, AAPA Port Administration & Legal Issues Seminar, Jacksonville, Florida (2009).
  • Federal Preemption of State Environmental and Natural Resource Damages Actions, ABA Environmental Section Paper (2007).
  • Natural Resource Damage Litigation Workshop, American Association of Port Authorities, Vancouver, British Columbia (2006).
  • State Natural Resource Damages Litigation Developments, Mealey's Environmental Seminar, Houston, Texas (2005).
  • Understanding Jury Biases & Private Rights of Recovery in Environmental Contamination Cases, Texas Environmental Super-Conference, Austin, Texas (2004).

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC and Kelley Drye will sponsor the 2016 Energy and Environmental Outlook Conference on October 19. A half-day program with a series of panels featuring law and policy experts discussing the most pertinent federal and state legal, regulatory and political developments. To register, please click here.
  • Chambers USA recognized Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC for its national Environmental Practice in 2016, observing that the firm is "increasingly recognized for its representation of both public and private sector clients on a range of matters, including permitting issues, EPA negotiations and cost recovery suits," and is "particularly active in surface water contamination litigation."
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016.
  • Bill Jackson is co-chairing LSI's Advanced Natural Resource Damages Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 14-15, 2016.
  • John Gilmour will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • Bill Jackson will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • John Riley was named to "Best Lawyers" for Administrative Law in 2016.
  • John Riley, Bill Jackson, and Paul Sarahan were recognized as Leaders in the Environmental Field by Chambers USA 2016 Guide.
  • Bill Jackson will be presenting to the Conference of Western Attorneys General on July 19, 2016 at its annual meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • Bill Jackson, John Gilmour and Micheal Dobbs will be co-chairing the Contaminated Sediments Program at the American Association of Port Authorities' Energy & Environment program in Vancouver, BC on September 13, 2016.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2016.
  • Bill Jackson and John Riley were named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson was again named a "Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal for 2015.