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Transactional Matters

In addition to representing clients in environmental regulatory and litigation matters, our attorneys represent clients in efforts to limit or avoid exposure to environmental problems associated with business transactions. Environmental laws and regulations assign environmental liabilities based on the ownership of land and operation of commercial and industrial facilities; thus businesses must factor environmental considerations into their transactions and operations. Because our attorneys regularly litigate environmental matters, we see firsthand the issues that could be avoided or mitigated with proper due diligence and environmental risk management. We have represented a wide variety of clients, including real estate developers, landlords and tenants, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and institutional landowners, in transactions involving contaminated properties.

The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC routinely negotiate and facilitate mergers and asset sales and purchases of businesses with environmentally impacted properties or environmentally sensitive operations. The firm's attorneys have particular experience in property transfer issues, easement and leasehold negotiations, sale and leaseback arrangements, indemnity protections, and the negotiation and administration of property cleanup and remediation agreements. We also work through the due diligence process, including evaluation of Phase I and Phase II reports or other site assessments, and review of permits, operational data, and agency records, to ensure all appropriate inquiries are conducted and that transactions are structured to account for environmental liabilities. Similarly, our attorneys work with our clients to develop and implement contractual and regulatory safeguards to environmental risk, including environmental indemnities and warranties, cleanup and remediation agreements, and environmental insurance, as well as participation in state voluntary cleanup programs and federal Brownfields initiatives.

In sum, at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, we strive to provide our clients with environmental counsel and guidance over the life of a transaction or business that adds substantial value and reduces long-term operational costs and liabilities.

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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.