Bracewell LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for High-caliber group that counts a range of Fortune 500 firms in its client base. Highlighted for its significant experience dealing with regulatory agencies and handling high-value litigation and transactions. Expansive expertise in water and air quality law covers compliance and enforcement matters, incident response, investigations and environmental litigation.

Strengths One commentator says: "The team at Bracewell is capable of handling any matter presented because the team collaborates as a unit to ensure that the client receives the best legal advice."

Another source praises the group for being "strong on customer service."

Work highlights Acted for Valero Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries in an EPA lawsuit alleging the failure to take required action under the RFS program of the CAA.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Paulson is noted for his handling of a range of permitting and regulatory compliance matters. He is experienced representing chemical manufacturers, energy, oil and gas companies on matters before regulatory agencies. Clients praise him for being "responsive, with a depth of expertise and a good ability to tee up key items for focus."

Sara Burgin is particularly well regarded for her wealth of water expertise. She routinely advises on compliance, enforcement and permitting matters. One client says: "Her greatest strength is her ability to identify and implement a strategic plan. She is responsive, listens and dissects an issues before plowing forward."

Timothy Wilkins maintains a highly regarded environment practice and routinely handles contentious matters, including groundwater cleanup lawsuits, audits, investigations and incident response matters. One source states: "My experience with him is fantastic. He really gets issues and is commercially minded." Another client says: "One of Tim’s chief strengths is his ability to explain the law in a way that anyone can understand."

The "very technically astute" Whit Swift routinely assists industrial clients such as chemical manufacturers in regulation and permitting matters. Air regulation is a particular area of specialty.