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Environmental Compliance Counseling

Advising clients on compliance with environmental laws and regulations requires a unique set of legal and technical abilities. The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC have the practical knowledge and technical experience necessary to achieve our clients' goals within the regulatory process, whether those goals are compliance monitoring and assurance, investigation and reporting of contamination, responding to spills or air releases, monitoring agency investigations, or mitigating penalties and resolving enforcement actions. Many of our lawyers have science or engineering backgrounds, industry experience, or previous tenure with federal and state agencies or non-governmental organizations, providing a unique understanding of the technical and legal complexities frequently presented in environmental disputes.

Our lawyers are able to help clients proactively avoid environmental issues by evaluating the need for obtaining permits, and where indicated, in securing permit coverage for air emissions and greenhouse gases, water discharges, and waste generation and disposal. Our attorneys have years of experience in regulatory compliance, reporting and cleanup of contamination, agency inspections and investigations, and similar environmental issues. When technical investigations are needed, we draw on our technical knowledge and professional relationships to recommend top-quality environmental professionals, assist in developing the scope of investigation, and facilitate the client's understanding of the results.

When clients are faced with federal or state corrective action or enforcement matters, our lawyers can assist at technical meetings, penalty conferences and administrative hearings, and in negotiating consent decrees and administrative settlements. By addressing environmental incidents early and aggressively, we seek to limit our clients' future costs and exposure. In addition, because of our extensive environmental litigation experience, the firm's attorneys know the issues that can arise later in litigation. With this knowledge, we can help clients avoid potential pitfalls and strategically position themselves during the regulatory process.

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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.