Baker Botts LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding team that is widely celebrated for its strong practice on both the contentious and noncontentious sides. Acts on matters across the full range of environmental law, including air and water compliance and enforcement issues. Also experienced with waste and contaminated site concerns. Stands out for its emergency response counsel and handling of damages lawsuits. Experienced engaging with state legislative and regulatory matters, including revisions to clean air regimes. Strong track record acting for the state’s largest industry groups in environmental agency proceedings.

Strengths Clients say: "When you need the best, you go to the best and the Baker Botts team is second to none. Each and every time the team performs to a standard that exceeds our expectations."

Other client praise the firm as "among the most sophisticated environmental practice groups; their understanding of the business issues related to the legal side is very useful."

Clients also say: "The firm has deep roots in Texas, where they know the issues and the people better than anyone; they are superb to work with."

Work highlights Engaged by Intercontinental Terminals Company to support the response and to defend litigation against brought in connection with a fire and related issues at its Deer Park, Texas terminal in March 2019.

Notable practitioners

Aileen Hooks is frequently called upon to handle environmental law aspects of projects and corporate transactions. She has particular expertise in marine-related work and also handles waste materials and site contamination issues. Sources describe her as a "solid, quality lawyer."

Danny Worrell is commended for his long experience handling environment matters for clients in the manufacturing sector. He is particularly noted for his permitting and compliance counseling.

Derek McDonald is an air quality expert noted for his agency-facing practice. He regularly works with clients engaged in significant infrastructure development projects.

Jennifer Keane is "well respected in air emissions regulatory work," according to market sources. A widely recognized authority on Clean Air Act issues, she maintains a strong regulatory practice alongside handling advisory work for clients notably on legislative change and any potential business impacts.

Matthew Kuryla has a "superb intellect, can anticipate our needs and knows a lot about environmental work; he’s absolutely the real thing," according to clients. He is recognized for his work counseling industry coalitions. He acts extensively in environmental crisis response, litigation and rulemaking proceedings.

Molly Cagle is described as "the dean of the Texas environmental Bar" by market commentators. An elite environmental lawyer, she is highly regarded for her expertise in water law. She handles matters arising before various agencies, legislatures and state and federal courts. She covers enforcement defense, litigation and crisis response.

Paulina Williams does an "exceptional job," according to sources familiar with her rapidly developing environmental practice. She covers a broad range of environmental law advising on issues involving waste, water and natural resources.

Scott Janoe is noted by clients as an attorney who is "exceedingly knowledgeable and exercises great judgment on how to move a case forward." He frequently acts for energy, mining and manufacturing clients on a range of environmental issues including permitting, enforcement defense and litigation. He has additional expertise in crisis management and related areas of health and safety law.