Gerry Pels, Chair of the Firm-wide Environmental Section - Energy and Industrial, has been one of the leaders of the Texas environmental legal community for over 30 years. His diverse practice focuses on the areas of environmental compliance, counseling, and litigation. During his career, Gerry has consistently led teams working on cutting edge matters of environmental law, including resolving the well-known Cooper v. Aviall litigation and arguing Clean Air Act issues before the 5th Circuit in litigation involving the Texas SIP.
Gerry's wide range of experience includes agency negotiations, assessing and counseling air, water, stormwater, and waste permit compliance, representing clients at contested permit, enforcement, and other hearings. He has also provided comprehensive assistance and representation to potentially responsible parties and steering committees at both state and federal Superfund sites. He has been called upon to lead environmental litigation teams, internal environmental investigations and provide strategic guidance on corporate compliance policies, sustainability initiatives, stakeholder involvement evaluations, and community relations planning, as well as corporate risk assessment and mitigation.
Gerry works extensively with heavy industry and energy concerns, including power plants, petrochemical facilities, drilling and E&P concerns, refiners, manufacturers, solid/hazardous waste facilities, recyclers and food processors.