Locke Lord LLP

Environment Department

Texas
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What the team is known for Fields an experienced group of practitioners who frequently handle environmental issues arising from transactions across a range of industries. Also boasts a strong criminal investigation and brownfield remediation practice. Notable focus on traditional and renewable energy matters. Also particularly well versed serving real estate and construction clients as well as financial services entities.

Strengths One client states: "The team is among the strongest in the state. Its strengths are understanding the application of law and regulations to actual business operations. They know the nuts and bolts of industrial businesses, which fosters effective collaboration with our business team."

Sources also report that the "work product is uniformly strong and the team is focused much beyond supporting the firm's transactional work."

Another commentator adds: "Locke Lord's partners and associates are extremely capable in their areas of expertise and highly responsive to our needs. We view the attorneys not simply as service providers, but as strategic business partners."

Work highlights Advised German Pellets Texas and its affiliate on emergency response and management after a storage fire incident which affected the neighboring community.

Notable practitioners.

Elizabeth Mack has particular expertise in relation to environmental compliance and remediation with regard to large real estate portfolios and industrial estates. A client says: "The best thing about her is her business mind and her ability to see the big picture."

Gerald Higdon handles environmental due diligence matters concerning real estate developments and oil, gas and alternative energy installations. One client describes him as "an excellent negotiator."

Gerald Pels advises manufacturers and energy companies on the full span of environmental permitting, enforcement and compliance matters. One client says: "Gerry brings a very practical but creative approach to problem solving and is an extension of our business team."

Benjamin Cowan has a wide-ranging environmental law practice which takes in advising on permitting and compliance with regard to energy and infrastructure projects. He is highly knowledgeable on the implications of wind farm development for endangered species.

Susan Rainey counsels clients on the environmental law ramifications of real estate and corporate transactions. One client says: "She is an excellent environmental lawyer and is very practical in terms of understanding our goals and how to get us there."