Aileen Hooks combines extensive experience in the transactional and environmental arenas to help clients navigate the environmental aspects of transactions and regulatory aspects of their operations. She negotiates and manages the environmental and facilities-related aspects of client’s projects and transactions in the United States and globally. In particular, Ms. Hooks has considerable experience advising clients on environmental and safety regulatory developments and issues and liability considerations affecting the full spectrum of the energy industry. She also regularly provides legal counsel to clients on environmental, health and safety regulatory, permitting and enforcement matters. Her experience includes advice concerning the regulation and management of hazardous, toxic and radioactive materials, substances and wastes, including RCRA and TSCA compliance. She provides strategic advice to clients on matters before state and federal agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Railroad Commission of Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has worked on transactions, projects, and agreements involving power plants, solar, wind and geothermal projects, ethanol plants, upstream oil and gas assets, refineries, pipelines and terminals, as well as the chemical, paper and semiconductor industries. Additionally, her experience includes pipeline safety, fuels regulation, site and vessel decommissioning and contaminated site issues. Ms. Hooks also has extensive experience handling real estate transactions and issues, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and development matters.
Ms. Hooks has developed extensive experience advising clients on complex and sensitive negotiations in both the environmental regulatory and transaction arenas. She helps clients understand environmental liability concerns associated with their operations and with proposed projects and transactions. Her experience includes numerous transactions involving the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties and the management of issues associated with co-located facilities.
Ms. Hooks’ environmental practice also encompasses sustainability and climate change issues. She is active in the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. On a pro bono basis, she worked on the drafting and negotiation of a memorandum of understanding between the Council and the U.S. EPA on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Fields of Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development.