"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
Baker Botts has a diverse team of lawyers with decades of experience developing and implementing environmental justice programs. Drawing upon years of government experience and equipped with a keen understanding of commercial complexities that our clients may confront, our team helps companies develop robust programs that address the environmental justice goals of stakeholder communities, including the government.
Environmental and racial justice issues increasingly drive or influence major federal, state and local government action. Baker Botts has a team of attorneys who have dedicated their careers to thoughtfully and pragmatically addressing environmental justice considerations and concerns across a myriad of matters, from permitting and compliance counseling to litigation and enforcement. Our bench of former government attorneys, including high level former EPA and DOJ political appointees and career line attorneys, understand environmental justice and have a nuanced approach to handling these issues on behalf of companies. A number of them were involved in drafting the original Executive Order on Environmental Justice, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (E.O. 12898), helped with its implementation and litigated several of the earliest environmental justice cases. With that base of knowledge, we bring sound business judgment to our clients’ environmental justice concerns.
Our multi-disciplinary team brings together attorneys with sophisticated practices in the areas of climate change, sustainability and ESG. We understand that environmental justice cannot be assessed or addressed in isolation, but is interconnected to racial and social equity, including climate-based impacts. We advise organizations on creative “whole of company” approaches to equity and environmental justice that match the government’s “whole of government” philosophy for environmental justice. The corporate governance work of our monitorship team and the occupational safety and health compliance knowledge of our safety attorneys further informs our environmental justice counsel.
What We Do
Regulatory, Compliance Permitting and Litigation Strategies. We are environmental lawyers with deep regulatory, compliance, permitting and litigation experience. We combine that experience with our knowledge of environmental justice and provide strategic and pragmatic advice that helps our clients develop noteworthy programs. To learn more about our regulatory, compliance, permitting and litigation experience, click on the relevant links below.
- Air Quality
- Chemical Regulation
- Contaminated Sites
- Environmental Enforcement and Defense
- Environmental Torts and Class Actions
- Waste and Wastewater
- Water and Wetlands
Climate Change and Sustainability. Our cross-disciplinary climate change practice covers every aspect of climate change, including assisting clients with compliance and carbon reduction strategies. Learn more.
Monitorships. Our experience on high-profile monitorships informs our approach to helping clients enhance environmental compliance performance so that it is integrated into their business operations and core corporate values. Learn more.
Safety. Our cross-disciplinary team has a 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.
Wall Street Journal, The
Clean Energy Report
Environmental Enforcement Update
DOJ Announces Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy and Revives Use of Supplemental Environmental Projects: What Companies Need to KnowClient Updates
The Magazine for Environmental Managers
Under EPA Plan, Companies Should Ready for Increased Enforcement and Data Collection in Vulnerable CommunitiesClient Updates
Environmental Law Reporter
Surge in Environmental Justice Enforcement Prompts Intensified Corporate Attention to Community IssuesExternal Article
EPA Prioritizes Criminal Enforcement Activity in Environmental Justice Communities: What Companies Need to KnowClient Updates
Environmental Justice Update
Companies Should Expect Policy, Enforcement Changes After President’s EPA Budget and EPA Administrator’s Directive Spotlight Environmental JusticeClient Updates
Environmental Justice Update
Women in Environmental Law and Leadership (WELL), Environmental Law Institute
Environmental Justice Spotlight
Environmental Evolutions - Mitigating Coal Ash Litigation Risks: Finding the Right Pillow for your Sleeping GiantPodcast
Environmental Evolutions - The Water Cycle: Regulate, Litigate, Repeal, Repeat, An Interview on WOTUS with Tom Ward of the National Association of Home BuildersInterview
The Chemical Disaster Rule (aka RMP) & The Biden Administration; What is ahead for Rules, Risks and the Storage of Hazardous ChemicalsWebinar
Compliance & Enforcement Update
Finding Tool for Public Comment Letters on Carbon Capture Tax Credit Filed in Response to Proposed Regulations Under Section 45QClient Updates
32nd Annual Texas Environmental Superconference
House Passes GREEN Act: Extends Renewable Energy Tax Incentives, Adds Direct Pay Option and MLP EligibilityClient Updates
Federal Agencies Facilitate Increased Supply of Ethanol and Related Manufacture of Hand Sanitizer Due to COVID-19 Related ShortagesClient Updates