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Regulatory Counseling and Response

The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC combine legal experience, practical knowledge, and technical ability to assist clients in effectively navigating an often complex regulatory process.

Environmental practitioners at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC provide the full range of regulatory representation to both private and public sector clients. Our regulatory attorneys routinely counsel clients on applicability of regulatory requirements, compliance assurance, release reporting, and spill response. Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC helps clients evaluate the need for obtaining permits, and when needed, in securing permits for air emissions, waste water discharges, and waste generation and disposal. We provide representation in negotiations with federal and state agencies in remediation, permitting, and enforcement matters, and in stakeholder proceedings, including submission of formal comments to agency rule-making.

We work proactively with our clients to minimize environmental risks and maximize practical solutions, including ascertaining relative responsibilities with other responsible parties and governmental agencies, and preserving our clients' rights and privileges in the event of future litigation. We have assisted many clients with developing compliance assurance measures such as audit programs, greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air emissions inventories, preparedness plans for agency inspections, emergency response protocols, due diligence and compliance checklists, and environmental management systems.

Unaddressed environmental risks can often lead to penalty or enforcement actions. Our attorneys have the depth of experience to provide strong representation at 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. Because of our extensive environmental litigation experience, we know the issues that can later arise in litigation. With this knowledge, we can help clients avoid potential pitfalls and best position themselves during the regulatory process in the event of later litigation.

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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.