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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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Porter Hedges L.L.P.

1000 Main St.
Suite 3600
Houston, TX, 77002

Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
    33 years, 500 cases
  2. Appeals: 20%
    31 years, 10 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    33 years, 100 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%
    33 years, 20 cases
  5. Administrative Law: 5%
    33 years, 20 cases



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TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
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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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
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