Environmental Law

The Baker Botts environmental practice is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. Our environmental lawyers, many of whom previously held high-level government positions, integrate a broad array of skills to help our clients solve their environmental challenges. Our lawyers represent clients in every aspect of regulatory counseling, strategic permitting, litigation, legislative matters, rulemaking, criminal investigations, corporate crises, civil enforcement, contaminated site remediation and business transactions. Our reputation in environmental law has been built not only on our substantive expertise, but also on our knowledge of our clients’ businesses and our ability to align our legal services with their business objectives.

Baker Botts environmental lawyers assist clients in resolving issues arising in all media (air, water and waste) and under every major environmental statute and regulatory program. We have formed client coalitions that utilize effective advocacy, both in court and before the agencies, and have built strong relationships with federal and state regulatory authorities.

Environmental 2018 Stat

Much of our work relates to the environmental aspects of project development for major energy, industrial and infrastructure projects, including LNG projects, pipeline projects, electric power projects and refinery projects. Our lawyers offer substantial experience and innovative solutions to help companies confront the emerging challenges of climate change. Our reputation in environmental law is founded on an in depth understanding of the varied legal, technical and policy issues facing our clients, cost-effective staffing of environmental matters, utilizing the resources of a diverse international firm and an intimate familiarity with the energy, technology, chemical, manufacturing and life sciences companies we represent.

Our capabilities include:


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Environmental Practice was awarded Tier 1 status nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms 2014, as well as locally in Austin, TX, Houston, TX and Washington, DC.


Publications, Speeches & Presentations



Cross-Cutting Issues Group Semi-Annual Meeting

Baker Botts lawyers host this semi-annual meeting consisting of a group of electric generating companies to discuss key developments, network with key contacts, and leverage relationships in the power sector.

2015 Environmental Seminar

Baker Botts hosted its Annual Environmental Seminar on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.