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Environmental Crimes

Environmental offenses are investigated by numerous agencies including the EPA, state agencies such as TCEQ, local police, city/county inspectors, and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Seemingly minor investigations can rapidly escalate to criminal charges. Some criminal convictions for environmental crimes can result in fines of up to $250,000.00 per day and five years in prison. Our attorneys have environmental and criminal law experience and represent those charged with environmental and regulatory offenses. Our attorneys have substantial experience addressing criminal violations of the state environmental laws prosecuted under the Texas Water Code and Health and Safety Code, including water pollution and unauthorized discharges, illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste and illegal dumping.

In addition to substantial environmental experience and strong working relationships with environmental agencies, our attorneys have experience with grand jury investigations, search warrants, internal investigations and criminal trials and appeals.

We can quickly and efficiently evaluate criminal investigation issues and determine the best defensive strategy. We can also help our clients create and implement regulatory and environmental compliance policies as part of a broader risk prevention strategy to address or prevent environmental regulatory compliance issues.

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  • 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 2014.
  • 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.