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Ragna Olausen Henrichs

Ragna Olausen Henrichs

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Environmental and Natural Resources

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About Me

Ragna Henrichs is a partner in the environmental law section at Porter Hedges. Ms. Henrichs has concentrated her practice exclusively in the field of environmental law and has had extensive experience with remediation projects, enforcement and compliance matters, permitting and regulatory counseling. She has represented steel, chemical, oil and gas, oilfield service, real estate development, waste management companies, airlines and public utilities, in permit proceedings, including contested permit hearings, and in the defense of civil and criminal enforcement actions and citizen suits.


 


Her representation of potentially responsible parties in federal Superfund actions has ranged from steering committee and settlement committee service in large, multi-party cases to numerous de minimis settlements and various cost recovery actions. Her practice has also included clients involved in cleanup of contaminated sites under other programs, including the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program.


 


Ms. Henrichs works with corporate and real estate clients and lenders in environmental due diligence arising out of transactions. She provides counseling to resolve issues through mechanisms such as specially tailored auditing programs, remediation and indemnity agreements, environmental insurance, environmental management systems and compliance plans.


 


Ms. Henrichs is listed as one of America's leading lawyers in environmental law by Chambers USA. She has been listed for more than ten years in The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law. She has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Environmental/ Land Use Law in surveys conducted by Texas Monthly since 2003. In May 2009, Ms. Henrichs was listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for the State of Texas in environmental law.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Henrichs practiced in the law department of CIBA-Geigy Limited in Basel, Switzerland (now Novartis), and was a partner at Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody), and a shareholder of Johnson & Gibbs, P.C.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1970

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Angelina Maria Monte Zinn

    I endorse this lawyer. she is very devoted to the community and to her practice. She will support you all the way through the litigation process.

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Contact Info

Porter Hedges LLP

1000 Main Street
36th Floor
Houston, TX, 77002

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199105/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 197403/13/2015
CAInactive197005/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leading Lawyer in Environmental LawChambers USA2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2003
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1990 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1972 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Storage Terminals MagazineUnderstanding CERCLA2010
Environmental Protection NewsletterThe Evolving Concept of the Discharge of Dredged and Fill Material2010
Environmental ProtectionIs Ignorance Bliss?"1998
Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesEnvironmental Issues and the Law1992
Hazardous Waste and Toxic TortsEPA Policy Shift Preventing PRP Participation in Superfund Cleanups; Group Challenges Ban1991
Water Environment & TechnologyEnvironmental Russian Roulette1990
Chemical Engineering ProgressLegal Implications of Chemical Releases1986
Northeast Industrial Waste Exchange Listings CatalogWaste Exchange Participation and the Potential for Liability - Be Wary of Possible Regulatory Traps1982
Expanding Liability in Environmental LawPrivate Allocations of Environmental Risks - Contract Considerations1981

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1966

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Texas Wetlands ConferenceThe Nature and Scope of Enforcement Authority and Related Case Law2011
Texas Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land SurveyorsState and Federal Site Contamination Law2011
Annual Operating ConferenceEnvironmental Due Diligence in Transactions2010
2007 Corrosion Conference and ExpoLegionnaires Disease: The Impact of an Outbreak from a Legal Perspective2007
U.S. Department of Justice Television NetEffective Litigation Techniques for Environmental Pollution Cases2005
Lorman Education SeminarEnvironmental Issues Of Document Retention And Destruction: Best Policies And Practices2004
CLE International Texas Water LawFederal Wetlands Jurisdiction After the SWANCC Decision2001
GRI-14 Conference on Hot Topics In Geosynthetics — 1, Geosynthetic InstituteBioreactor Landfills: Long-Term Liability Issues2000
Superfund A Program in EvolutionCleanup Standards1987