Environmental & Natural Resources Litigation

Environmental Litigation Attorneys in Texas and California

Hicks Thomas represents clients in every aspect of investigating and litigating environmental claims, including corporate investigations, cost recovery and enforcement actions, contribution and indemnification demands, citizen suits, and tort claims.

Complying with the vast array of federal and state environmental statutes, regulations, and common-law rules is a complicated and perilous task, even for the most conscientious companies. With unfortunate and increasing frequency, businesses are finding themselves the targets of investigations and claims involving environmental contamination or regulatory compliance. When you are a target of such demands, you need an experienced law firm that has successfully represented clients in a wide range of disputes in many industries. Hicks Thomas attorneys have advised clients and litigated claims involving all types of environmental media (air, water, soil, and groundwater) under every major environmental statute, regulatory program, and common-law theory.

From defending an equipment and chemical manufacturer in claims of personal injury and property damage to representing an oil and gas refiner, pipeline operator, or producer in cost recovery actions, our attorneys have a history of counseling companies through environmental crises and defending complex environmental litigation. We take on our clients’ most complicated environmental matters and, when we go to court, we win.

Hicks Thomas’ environmental law expertise includes matters involving:

  • Crisis response and preparedness, including responding to environmental incidents;
  • Investigations, including compliance and incident investigations;
  • Air quality and atmospheric emission violations;
  • Contaminated site clean-up and remediation;
  • Natural resource claims;
  • Oil and gas waste disposal;
  • Hazardous and industrial solid waste disposal;
  • Clean Water Act claims;
  • Surface and groundwater contamination;
  • General stormwater and NPDES permit violations;
  • Environmental cost recovery and contribution litigation, including claims under CERCLA and RCRA;
  • Chemical hazards and toxic substance releases; and
  • Public and private nuisance claims.