Baker Botts LLP

Environment Department

Texas
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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.

Strengths Sources describe it as "the go-to environment firm for clean air matters in Texas."

Further commentators add: "It is clearly an outstanding firm, with excellent environmental lawyers able to serve clients in every discipline."

Work highlights Defended Hess, Marathon Oil and Repsol in various tort cases bought by California counties and municipalities claiming the production and marketing of fossil fuels by the clients has caused climate change, as well as alleging a conspiracy of climate change denial.

Notable practitioners

Aileen Hooks is known in the market as "a talented lawyer with expertise in transactional work - she is smart and capable and helps get the deal done fast." She also assists clients with remediation and regulatory issues.

Danny Worrell has longstanding expertise in environmental law, representing clients in RCRA, air permitting and Superfund matters. One client rates his "business-savvy quality and his ability at explaining the nuance in issues."

Derek McDonald routinely advises clients on environmental issues relation to infrastructure development and air quality matters. A client says: "He does a superb job of communicating complex legal issues to non-lawyers."

Jennifer Keane maintains a well-regarded regulatory practice, with particular expertise in Clean Air Act issues. She primarily advises industrial clients on issues including legislative changes and their potential business impacts. Commentators describe her as "an outstanding environmental lawyer who has a great way with clients and regulators."

Matthew Kuryla is praised for his environment regulatory practice, with particular expertise on Clean Air Act matters and the current issue of the Texas Industry Project and Houston/Galveston ozone plan. Sources say: "He is incredibly experienced, very knowledgeable on the law and someone who knows the state regulations very well."

Molly Cagle is highly respected in Texas environment market and is noted for her water expertise. Her practice encompasses enforcement defense, litigation and crisis response matters. Commentators praise her "aggressive advocacy on behalf of clients" and her ability to "really dig into the details of matters."

Paulina Williams is an up-and-coming attorney who has experience advising on waste, water and matters pertaining to natural resources. Sources call her a "thoughtful, comprehensive lawyer who is passionate about her work."

Scott Janoe is recognized for his oil and gas practice, advising clients on regulatory compliance matters as well as litigation, enforcement defense and crisis management cases. One interviewee highlights his "very practical and solid advice" as well as his "real expertise on upstream air matters."