Micheal Dobbs has nearly two decades of experience in commercial, environmental and tort litigation matters, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and regulatory matters. He has served in leading roles in some of the largest and most complex environmental litigation matters in the country, and has been at the forefront of contaminated waterway issues. Micheal represents clients in a wide range of other environmental matters, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act and property-damage claims. In addition, he has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including matters involving condemnation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and contract interpretation.
Micheal also spends significant time resolving real estate and environmental regulatory matters, including negotiating and facilitating the purchase, sale, lease and cleanup of environmentally impacted properties. In connection with these transactional matters, Micheal provides particular expertise in property transfer issues, easement and leasehold negotiations, indemnity protections and the negotiation and administration of property cleanup and remediation agreements. He also handles environmental regulatory matters before state and federal agencies.
Micheal has resolved environmental claims valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Micheal serves as special counsel to the Attorney General of the state of New Jersey in pursuing remediation costs, economic damages and natural resource damages associated with the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River and Newark Bay. This decade-long litigation settled for $355 million in costs and damages, including $67.5 million in restoration projects, and up to an additional $400 million for future remediation costs. Micheal also represented the Port of Houston Authority in litigation against a neighboring pesticide plant for releases of hazardous substances into the adjacent property and navigable waters. The port obtained a settlement valued at $100 million, which the National Law Journal
named as one of the ten most significant settlements in Texas that year.
Micheal Dobbs is also an Eagle Scout and is active in the Boy Scouts of America.
Serving in lead roles as special counsel to the Attorney General of the state of New Jersey in pursuing remediation costs, economic damages and natural resource damages associated with the dioxin contamination of the Passaic River and Newark Bay. The decade-long litigation recently settled for $355 million in costs and damages, including $67.5 million in restoration projects, and up to an additional $400 million for future remediation costs, representing the largest settlement of its kind in the history of the state of New Jersey.
Representing the Port of Houston Authority in litigation against a neighboring pesticide plant for releases of hazardous substances into adjacent property and navigable waters. The port obtained a settlement valued at $100 million, which the National Law Journal named as one of the ten most significant settlements in Texas for 2003.
Representing various port authorities and maritime terminal operators in claims relating to the release of hazardous materials onto public and private properties, submerged lands and waterways, including representing the largest private port in Texas in litigation and arbitration of significant environmental contamination matters affecting its waterfront operations.
Representing several national corporations in environmental cost-recovery matters and remediation of contaminated properties.
Serving as lead counsel representing one of the largest private maritime terminal operators in successfully resolving a significant dispute over pipeline-related usage and condemnation. The litigation involved a significant legal issue with the right to take private property by pipeline companies in Texas, the competing condemnation authority of common carriers, and lost value to the remainder of income-producing property.
Representing port authorities and maritime terminal operators in significant property and dock damage claims.
Arbitrating claims regarding the construction of an oil and gas processing unit for an offshore rig.
Arbitrating corporate successor liability of an oil refining company.
Representing boards of directors, attorneys and other fiduciaries in a breach of fiduciary duty litigation.
Environmental Regulatory and Transactional Matters
Representing public and private clients with the purchase, sale and lease of contaminated or environmentally impacted properties, including former Superfund sites.
Representing the largest private port terminal operator in Texas with all transaction and regulatory matters, including several maritime terminal and tank farm leases valued in excess of $100 million.
Representing clients before federal and state environmental agencies, including representing clients in significant matters related to dredge material placement and the United States Corps of Engineers’ permitting process.
Working with transaction and corporate counsel to address environmental and liability issues involved in corporate and real estate transactions.
Representing companies in corporate and partnership structuring, management and divestiture.
Micheal was named a 2006 and 2008 “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters for Texas Super Lawyers.
American Association of Port Authorities, Law Review Committee, member
Gulf Ports Association of the Americas
Texas Ports Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
State Bar of Texas
College of the State Bar of Texas, 2007–2008
American Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation, life fellow
Texas Bar Foundation, fellow