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Environmental Litigation

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC represents private and public entities in environmental litigation and related matters across the country ranging from single land owner cost-recovery and nuisance claims to some of the largest federal Superfund sites. Our attorneys' educational, technical and professional backgrounds have allowed us to create an exemplary team that is particularly well suited to represent clients in environmental matters. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of disputes involving the environment, including insurance disputes, cost-recovery actions, contribution actions, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and Oil Pollution Act (OPA) litigation, similar state law actions, nuisance and property damage litigation, natural resource damages litigation, and many other matters relating to contamination and impaired real property. Our representations include matters in state and federal courts, before state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as in various alternative dispute resolution forums.

Environmental litigation involves unique and complex legal and technical challenges. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience necessary to address the complexities associated with environmental litigation and administrative matters, as well as the technical knowledge necessary to address the difficulties and challenges presented by environmental litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our practice and educational backgrounds in government, earth sciences, economics, ecology and social sciences allow our attorneys to work at a high level of cooperation with environmental, technical and economic expert witnesses. Our attorneys' knowledge and understanding of the scientific issues frequently presented in environmental matters allows us to collaboratively oversee and manage the technical consultants and expert witnesses required for environmental litigation in a well-organized and cost effective manner.

Corporate responsibility for historical contamination is often a key issue in environmental litigation. Tracing liability through a web of historical land ownership, corporate succession, divestments, mergers and assignments in order to identify the proper liable entities, as well as identifying contaminant sources, are vital to successfully prosecuting and defending environmental litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience in tracing corporate ownership and liability to the responsible party.

Environmental litigation, like all litigation, can be very expensive and impact a client's ability to conduct business. At Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, we are committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients in the most cost effective manner possible. We work closely with our clients to develop alternative and innovative methods to address the cost of complex litigation. Such arrangements may include hourly rates, flat fees, blended rates and/or pure or partial contingency fees. In addition, we work with and monitor technical consultants and experts witnesses to ensure that their services are fully and efficiently integrated into our litigation strategy and budget.

By integrating our firm's legal, technical and corporate knowledge with our commitment to achieving our clients' goals in the most efficient manner possible, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC provides superior service and value to our clients.

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC adds Paul Sarahan, former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's litigation section, to its Austin office.
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016.
  • John Riley and Bill Jackson have again been honored as a leading Environmental Litigators 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 and John Riley were named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation for 2015.
  • John Hagan was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Public Interest Award for pro bono service in the field of public interest law.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2016.
  • Lori Warner and Bill Jackson were again named "Top Rated Lawyers in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson and Lori Warner were honored in the Texas Lawyer as "Top Rated Lawyers in Texas" and A/V preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.