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James Edward Smith

James Edward Smith

Practice areas:

Environmental and Natural Resources, Litigation, Appeals, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

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About Me

My main practice area is environmental law, advising clients, supporting transactions, and trying cases.  I have handled matters involving all of the major state and federal environmental programs, and have handled a number of enforcement cases.  I generally represent business and business oriented cleints, but have represented neighborhood and community groups in special cases.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 50%
    32 years, 500 cases
  2. Appeals: 20%
    30 years, 10 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    32 years, 100 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    32 years, 20 cases
  5. Administrative Law: 5%
    32 years, 20 cases

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Free Consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact Info

Porter Hedges L.L.P.

1000 Main St.
Suite 3600
Houston, TX, 77002

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198208/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Texas Super LawyerN/A2006
Environmental LitigationN/A2006
Environmental LitigationN/A2005
Environmental LitigationN/A2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
President's AwardN/AN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPorter Hedges, LLP2010 - Present
PartnerBeirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP1992 - 2010
PartnerBaker Botts, LLP1991 - 1992
AssociateBaker Botts, LLP1982 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionDirectorN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. EmpakDismissal, upheld on appeal
Schneider Nat'l Trucking v. BatesSummary judgment granted and upheld on appeal
Confidential clientProsecutors declined to file criminal charges

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
West Law JournalDC Circuit Upholds EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations2012
Portfolio Media (Law360)Managing Employee's Responses to Investigations2011
UnknownInjunctions for Violations of Environmental Laws: Will the Courts 'Balance the Equities'?2007
Construction ExecutiveConstruction Contracts: Liability for Negligent Performance2007
Of CounselLesson from the Sports Page: Do Not Terminate a Contract Unless the Breach Was MaterialN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of KansasChemical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Houston Bar AssociationFundamentals of Environmental Enforcement2011
Federal Bar Association (Southern District of Texas Chapter)Federal Oversight of Air Permitting in Texas; The Issues Being Litigated2011
Environmental Law Enforcement class at South Texas College of LawSuggestions on Dealing With Agency InvestigationsN/A