"Clients praise the firm as 'among the most sophisticated environmental practice groups; their understanding of the business issues related to the legal side is very useful.'"
Chambers USA 2020
The Baker Botts Environmental, Safety and Incident Response team advances and protects its clients’ interests during the permitting process, before regulatory agencies, in the courtroom, and when a crisis hits.
With more than 50 lawyers based in California, D.C., New York, and Texas, we have handled federal and state environmental and safety matters nationwide. Our capabilities include:
Regulatory, Compliance and Permitting Strategies. Our environmental team assists clients with issues arising in all media (air, water and waste) and under every environmental statute and regulatory program. To learn more about our federal and 50-state permitting and regulatory experience, click on the relevant links below.
- Chemical Regulation
- Contaminated Sites and Waste
- NEPA, CEQA, and Environmental Reviews
- Water and Wastewater
- Wildlife and Endangered Species
Litigation. Our environmental lawyers, several of whom are former federal and state regulators and DOJ trial lawyers, are experienced in handling complex and cutting edge environmental, natural resources, and toxic tort litigation. To learn more about our litigation experience, click on the relevant links below.
- Citizen Suits & Enforcement
- Cost Recovery & Contribution
- Civil and Criminal Enforcement and Defense
- Environmental Torts and Class Actions
- Federal and State Environmental Appeals (or Rulemaking and Permit Appeals)
- Permit Challenges
Climate Change and Sustainability. Our cross-disciplinary climate change practice covers every aspect of climate change, including assisting clients with advocacy, compliance and litigation strategies. Learn more.
Safety. Our cross-disclipinary team has a well-established reputation for working hand in hand with clients, regulators and other stakeholders on process safety, infectious disease/industrial hygiene, and occupational safety and health compliance and litigation matters. Learn more.
Coalitions. Our environmental coalitions give our clients effective tools in advocacy efforts, as well as avenues to track new legislation, regulatory initiatives and litigation trends in a time-sensitive and cost-effective manner. Learn more.
Transactions. We help our clients identify, evaluate, allocate and manage environmental risks and liabilities through due diligence and the structuring and negotiation of commercial transactions. Learn more.