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The Texas Lawyer named Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC as the 2015 Litigation Group of the Year for environmental litigation.  Click here to view the article


Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC picks up big win for Union Pacific Railroad, as reported in the BNA Environmental Report: "Superfund Case Nixed for 'Unnecessary' Expenses. A Superfund action over a contaminated railroad parcel was stopped in its tracks Sept. 17 when the Southern District of Texas ruled the case was based on property evaluation expenses, rather than response costs necessary to protect public health or the environment (Elite Operations, Inc. v. Union Pac. R.R. Co., 2015 BL 301051, S.D. Tex., No. 13-cv-03461, 9/17/15). Elite Operations Inc., the former owner of the Houston property, investigated and confirmed the presence of lead, mercury and silver in the soil when it bought the site in 1998. Its expenses, however, were to establish a price for sale of the property and weren't "necessary" within the meaning of §107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas said. CERCLA §107 requires that response costs be "necessary and consistent" with the National Contingency Plan for hazardous waste cleanups. The provision serves as a "check on the temptation to improve one's property and charge the expense of improvement to someone else," the court said in granting judgment to Union Pacific Railroad Co." Click here to view the opinion

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  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC adds Paul Sarahan, former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's litigation section, to its Austin office.
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016.
  • John Riley and Bill Jackson have again been honored as a leading Environmental Litigators 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 and John Riley were named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation for 2015.
  • John Hagan was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Public Interest Award for pro bono service in the field of public interest law.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2015.
  • Lori Warner and Bill Jackson were again named "Top Rated Lawyers in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson and Lori Warner were honored in the Texas Lawyer as "Top Rated Lawyers in Texas" and A/V preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.