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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Environment

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What the team is known for

Long-established practice that fields high-level expertise across the full spectrum of environmental law. Frequently engaged in high-profile redevelopment projects and emergency response work. Also acts on regulatory concerns arising from transactions and permitting issues for significant energy infrastructure and pipeline projects. Regularly represents oil and gas corporations and financial services institutions.

Strengths

A source says: "They are at the top of the pack of high-powered legal firms."

"Extremely responsive, easy to communicate with and highly competent in their areas of expertise," a source says.

A respondent notes: "They have expertise and knowledge. They are sophisticated and commercial and someone we can work with to reach solutions."

Work highlights

Negotiated with EPA on behalf of Greer Capital Corporation regarding the form of site cleanup the agency will require.

Notable practitioners

Eric Groten 's practice covers all areas of Clean Air Act including enforcement defense, permitting and compliance. He has additional expertise in Texas air quality laws. 
"Eric is extremely knowledgeable, has vast experience in the industry and provides timely advice."

George Wilkinson is recognized for his handling of issues involving natural resources damages, the CWA and the CAA.
"He won't leave a page unturned; he is thorough and an extremely hard worker."

Larry Nettles has wide-ranging experience in environmental counseling, permitting and both civil and criminal litigation. He has additionally notable experience advising clients on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.
"He is reasonable, technically minded and client-focused." "Extremely responsive, competent and easy to communicate with."

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Overview

Vinson & Elkins’ Environmental & Natural Resources (ENR) group has established a strong reputation for securing and then defending key permits for development projects, including contested air, water and wetlands permits for pipelines, power plants and other industrial establishments, water supply and wastewater discharge permits, and critically important approvals for multi-state projects involving National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, contaminated sites and federal lands, including pipelines and power transmission lines, and natural resource matters including endangered species. Because our lawyers are quite knowledgeable about our clients’ businesses and their industries, the group has a top reputation in providing advice on structuring transactions to minimize or reduce environmental risks.

The firm’s ENR lawyers have a demonstrated track record of success in assisting clients with complex matters that involve multiple stakeholders including federal and state governments, Congressional committees, investigative boards, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private parties. Our ability to guide clients in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy focused around achieving their business objectives, minimizing and mitigating risks, and developing and implementing a public relations strategy for these types of complex matters is a hallmark of the firm’s ENR practice.

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Environment Department

Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Department location

1001 Fannin Street

Suite 2500

Houston

Texas

USA

TX 77002-6760

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Texas

Environment


Eric Groten
Band 1
George O Wilkinson Jr
Band 3
Larry Nettles
Band 1