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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 later arise in litigation. With this knowledge, we can help clients avoid potential pitfalls and strategically position themselves during the regulatory process.

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC shareholder John Hagan was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Public Interest Award for pro bono service in the field of public interest law.
  • 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 2015.
  • 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.