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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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Announcements
  • 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.