Locke Lord LLP

Environment Department

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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 Clients say the environmental group is "very creative, very practical and conscious of achieving our business goals within the regulatory framework."

Also highlighted by clients for "their commerciality and practicality that helps us reach reasonable solutions."

Others praise the environmental group's "unparalleled depth of experience and knowledge of the practice area," adding: "They’re terrific negotiators who understand our business issues as well as the legal concerns."

Work highlights Coordinated and managed the environmental aspects of a 2200-acre development in the north Houston area as a master-planned community, on behalf of an affiliate of Airia Development.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Mack "has the legal expertise as well as a practical and pragmatic approach," according to clients. Her extensive experience and expansive environmental practice includes air, water and toxic substances issues.

Gerald Higdon has a diverse practice covering redevelopment and permitting as well as enforcement proceedings. He is regularly retained by energy industry clients. Sources say: "He’s a good lawyer with a solid practice."

Gerald Pels has built an impressive reputation among clients for "his understanding of environmental law and impressive ability to get access to the respective government agencies."He commonly advises clients in the manufacturing and energy sectors across the full spectrum of environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement matters.

Benjamin Cowan is praised by clients as a "very experienced, knowledgeable and easy to work with attorney with specific expertise in negotiating with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service."He is particularly knowledgeable of endangered species issues.

Susan Rainey is highlighted by a client as "extremely proficient and valuable to our team." She is particularly skilled in the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions as well as enforcement matters.