Locke Lord's team includes dedicated environmental practitioners who recognize the many dimensions of environmental law and the different ways these laws affect businesses and individuals. Our extensive environmental experience helps clients navigate and respond effectively to regulatory compliance issues, environmental liability concerns, civil and criminal enforcement actions and citizen complaints. Locke Lord is ranked as a top Texas firm in environment work by Chambers USA Guide. In addition, Locke Lord has five individual environmental lawyers ranked. Locke Lord's environmental practice ranks nationally in the top level of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" report. Many of our lawyers have hands-on experience and training in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science and geology, making the firm particularly effective in understanding our clients' problems. Several of our environmental lawyers worked in environmental agencies and/or environmental consulting firms prior to joining Locke Lord. Because understanding and solving client problems require the exercise of both legal and technical skills, a lawyer with technical training has a decided advantage in assisting clients in this area. Our experience allows for thoughtful and targeted response to environmentally sensitive events when they arise.
That same experience is pivotal in winning contested hearings, establishing and maintaining regulatory compliance, negotiating with regulatory agencies, trying environmental lawsuits, obtaining environmental permits, managing the legal aspects of environmental response activities and structuring and documenting transactions. We work closely with lawyers from our real estate, corporate and litigation practice areas to provide a wide range of experience to environmental issues.
At Locke Lord, our environmental lawyers focus on both the legal and practical aspects of environmental regulation. Our involvement extends beyond merely knowing the law – we also help shape the law as it develops and is applied. Our practice includes agency negotiation and advocacy for our clients at the federal, state and local level across the United States. In addition, companies frequently retain us as national environmental counsel. We write, speak and teach about environmental legal developments that affect our clients' businesses.