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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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  • As part of a team of civil lawyers working pro bono, 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.
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC has been selected as a 2015 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers.
  • Victor Cardenas has been honored by the Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University by being selected as an adjunct professor to teach a graduate level class in leadership and decision making.
  • Lori Warner has been named among "The Best Lawyers in America" in the Environmental practice area for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson has been honored as a leading Environmental Litigator by Chambers and Partners' 2014 Chambers USA Guide.
  • Bill Jackson has been named to "Texas Super Lawyers" again for 2014.
  • Will Petit has been recognized with the "Rising Star Award" by Texas Tech University School of Law for his exemplary contributions, service and leadership to the profession and law school.
  • Bill Jackson received the 2014 Dean's Award for outstanding service to the University of Houston Law School.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were again named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers.
  • 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.
  • John Gilmour and Bill Jackson recently presented on litigating natural resource damages matters on behalf of State trustees at the Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting in July 2014.
  • Bill Jackson recently presented on Settlement Strategies and Enforcement in environmental and natural resource damages matters at Law Seminars International NRD Seminar July 2014.