Haynes and Boone, LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team that regularly advises on regulatory concerns and major transactions. Serves a client base drawn from a range of industries including the energy, financial services, manufacturing, retail and chemical sectors. Expertise includes air compliance issues arising from corporate transactions, as well as the representation of government agencies in enforcement actions. Particular expertise in site cleanup issues in relation to the Texas Superfund law.

Strengths One client describes "a strong team which does very good legal work and is thorough and knowledgeable."

A source says: "They are quite terrific, a standout environmental practice."

Another client says the firm "has a lot of skilled and talented attorneys," and adds: "They are reasonable in costs and are responsive, commercially sensitive and businesslike in their approach."

Work highlights Won an appellate ruling on behalf of ExxonMobil and Shell in favor of the clients' right to contest cleanup orders issued pursuant to the Texas Superfund law.

Notable practitioners

James Braddock has an impressive reputation in the environment sector, and is known in particular for his air practice, advising clients on permitting and enforcement actions. One source praises him as "the dean of air quality issues," while another notes him as one of "the leaders in the field."

Jeff Civins has a strong reputation in the field of environment law. He counsels clients on regulatory agency procedure and permitting relating to transactions and development projects.

John Eldridge is recommended for Superfund litigation, toxic torts and other contentious matters concerned with site contamination. A commentator says he is a "really great litigator, a powerhouse."

Mary Mendoza advises clients in a wide range of industries on environmental risk. One client says: "She is very bright, thorough and very knowledgeable on environmental law." Another source describes her as a "talented regulatory lawyer."

Michael Mazzone is recommended for environmental contamination and toxic tort disputes of all stripes, with recent cases concerning allegations of noise and water pollution. He frequently represents large oil, gas and energy sector clients.