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McGinnis Lochridge

Environment

4 ranked lawyersBand 2TexasUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Expert counsel for an impressive roster of clients from the energy, chemical and oil and gas industries. Highly adept at handling complex air, water and waste proceedings before key environmental regulatory agencies. Experienced team with strengths in compliance and enforcement matters, including extensive due diligence and environmental audits. Also noted for sophisticated litigation expertise, particularly with regard to permitting decisions.

Strengths

"The firm is thorough and well connected in Texas," a source highlights.

An interviewee says: "The team is my go-to for day-to-day air permitting and compliance matters. They have the experience to guide clients through complicated and sometimes ambiguous laws and regulations. They are also very efficient and cost-effective."

Work highlights

Represented Lone Star Ports in obtaining an air quality permit from TCEQ to construct an onshore crude oil export terminal for Very Large Crude Carriers on Harbor Island near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Notable practitioners

Albert Axe has a robust environmental transactional practice, and in addition he acts in litigation and enforcement proceedings. He frequently represents clients in the energy, waste and mining industries.
"He is well versed in environmental law and adds a lot of value based on his relationships and experience."

Derek Seal works with utilities sector clients on air, water and waste issues. He also advises clients in the oil and gas and chemical sectors.
"He has an outstanding background and is a great resource in dealing with agencies to resolve issues." "He is diligent and good at seeing the big picture but does not overlook the details. He is also great with public relations and advocacy."

Keith Courtney has a broad environmental practice with an especially strong reputation for air and water quality work. He handles permitting and enforcement proceedings as well as litigation. He is particularly noted for his knowledge of the issues facing chemical companies.
"He really knows the ins and outs of environmental regulations and statutes." "He is thorough, diligent and excellent at spotting issues."

Lisa Dyar focuses her practice on state and federal air quality regulation. She often counsels industrial clients on permitting and compliance. She is further noted for handling environmental litigation. 
"She is very thorough and extremely knowledgeable; she plans for every conceivable contingency."

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Texas

Environment


Albert Axe
Band 2
Derek Seal
Band 3
Keith Courtney
Band 3
Lisa Dyar
Band 3