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Port Operations and Natural Resource Damages

Through extensive work with ports, public entities, and transportation-sector clients on some of the country's largest harbors, bays and river systems, the attorneys of Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC have developed a unique capacity to handle extremely complex natural resource damages (NRD) matters. NRD claims may encompass injuries to bays, rivers and other surface waters, wetlands, sediments and soil, groundwater, wildlife, fish, birds and other biota - as well as the economic consequences of such injuries - associated with hazardous substances and environmental degradation. Thus, injuries to natural resources can have a substantial impact upon port authorities, the channels of commerce and the public, and claims for such damages can be truly significant.

Through handling multiple, significant NRD claims across the country, our attorneys have gained the education, knowledge and experience necessary to provide our clients with exceptional service and counsel at these very complex sites. We routinely work with many of the country's preeminent experts in a variety of disciplines involved in NRD assessment and damages matters. Moreover, our representation of State trustees, port authorities, and the regulated community allows us an understanding of NRD matters that is truly uncommon.

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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.