Public Sector and Government Entities
Public Sector and Government Entities
For decades, the attorneys of Kelley Drye have represented the public sector. Today, state and local governmental entities and agencies―including quasi-governmental entities such as port authorities and airport systems―are facing an increasing number of complex environmental issues impacting public health, economic and commercial interests, scarcity of resources, and environmental quality.

At Kelley Drye, we understand the political and practical challenges unique to public sector clients, and we work closely with our public clients to develop innovative solutions that address multifaceted concerns regarding regulatory compliance, operational issues, and crisis management assistance.

Environmental and Natural Resource Damages Matters

Kelley Drye lawyers are involved in many of the most complex Environmental Litigation and Natural Resource Damages matters in the country, often navigating a unique blend of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Kelley Drye is currently representing the State of New Mexico regarding the contamination of the Animas and San Juan Rivers resulting from the Gold King Mine disaster.  Our lawyers previously served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of New Jersey in litigation associated with the contamination of – and natural resource damages to – the Passaic River, one of the most significant and high-profile water pollution cases in the country.  Kelley Drye’s lawyers also represented the State of Louisiana, the Jindal Administration, and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO) in assessing and responding to the unprecedented natural resource damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representing governmental agencies, particularly in high stakes environmental matters, has provided our attorneys with a rare understanding of the diverse concerns and perspectives that influence complex environmental and natural resource damages litigation, and the rare perspective of trustee agencies.

Regulatory and Operational Issues

As part of our Public Sector and Government practice, Kelley Drye provides needed service and advice on the laws and regulations that apply to state, municipal and county operations, including permitting, contaminated site remediation, waste water and storm water management, environmental liability, and release reporting.  We assist public sector clients in resolving regulatory and operational issues.  Our regulatory representation spans a wide spectrum including advising clients on applicable law, guidance during spills or releases, and negotiations to resolve administrative and enforcement actions.  Our attorneys have sustained experience in regulatory compliance, reporting and cleanup of contaminated sites, agency inspections and investigations, and similar issues.  Our firm also evaluates permitting requirements and secures permits for air emissions, waste water discharges, and waste generation, storage and disposal.
 

 
 

Overview

For decades, the attorneys of Kelley Drye have represented the public sector. Today, state and local governmental entities and agencies―including quasi-governmental entities such as port authorities and airport systems―are facing an increasing number of complex environmental issues impacting public health, economic and commercial interests, scarcity of resources, and environmental quality.

At Kelley Drye, we understand the political and practical challenges unique to public sector clients, and we work closely with our public clients to develop innovative solutions that address multifaceted concerns regarding regulatory compliance, operational issues, and crisis management assistance.

Environmental and Natural Resource Damages Matters

Kelley Drye lawyers are involved in many of the most complex Environmental Litigation and Natural Resource Damages matters in the country, often navigating a unique blend of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Kelley Drye is currently representing the State of New Mexico regarding the contamination of the Animas and San Juan Rivers resulting from the Gold King Mine disaster.  Our lawyers previously served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of New Jersey in litigation associated with the contamination of – and natural resource damages to – the Passaic River, one of the most significant and high-profile water pollution cases in the country.  Kelley Drye’s lawyers also represented the State of Louisiana, the Jindal Administration, and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO) in assessing and responding to the unprecedented natural resource damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representing governmental agencies, particularly in high stakes environmental matters, has provided our attorneys with a rare understanding of the diverse concerns and perspectives that influence complex environmental and natural resource damages litigation, and the rare perspective of trustee agencies.

Regulatory and Operational Issues

As part of our Public Sector and Government practice, Kelley Drye provides needed service and advice on the laws and regulations that apply to state, municipal and county operations, including permitting, contaminated site remediation, waste water and storm water management, environmental liability, and release reporting.  We assist public sector clients in resolving regulatory and operational issues.  Our regulatory representation spans a wide spectrum including advising clients on applicable law, guidance during spills or releases, and negotiations to resolve administrative and enforcement actions.  Our attorneys have sustained experience in regulatory compliance, reporting and cleanup of contaminated sites, agency inspections and investigations, and similar issues.  Our firm also evaluates permitting requirements and secures permits for air emissions, waste water discharges, and waste generation, storage and disposal.
 

Partner
Email (713) 355-5050(713) 355-5050
Bill Jackson is managing partner of the firm’s Houston and Austin offices and co-chair of the Environmental Law practice.  Bill has one of the most sophisticated and successful environm...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5024(713) 355-5024
Ann Al-Bahish litigates environmental, commercial and tort matters across the country and has tried cases in state and federal courts.  In addition to general litigation experience, Ann thoro...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5006(713) 355-5006
Kenneth Corley’s practice is focused on litigation and trial advocacy, with an emphasis on environmental and business disputes in state and federal trial courts. Kenny’s environme...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5055(713) 355-5055
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 serve...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5005(713) 355-5005
John Gilmour co-chairs the Environmental Litigation section.  His practice encompasses significant commercial, tort and environmental matters from coast to coast, including some of the larges...
Partner
Email (713) 355-5023(713) 355-5023
Will Petit represents clients in the litigation and trial of environmental, commercial and general civil matters.  He also provides practical, cost-effective legal advice on general business ...
Special Counsel
Email (713) 355-5017(713) 355-5017
Melanie McDonald’s practice includes civil and complex business and commercial litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, multiparty environmental disputes, and the defense of person...
Associate
Email (713) 355-5002(713) 355-5002
Mark Donatiello is an associate in the firm’s Houston office. His practice concentrates on environmental and natural resources law.  He also works in regulatory law. Previously, Ma...
Associate
Email (512) 391-1627(512) 391-1627
Allison Lowry is an associate in the firm’s Austin office.  Her practice concentrates on environmental and natural resources law, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and regula...
Associate
Email (713) 355-5021(713) 355-5021
Jordan Rodriguez is an associate in the firm’s Houston office and represents clients in the litigation and trial of environmental, commercial, and general civil matters. He concentrates on en...
Associate
Email (713) 355-5009(713) 355-5009
Lauren Valastro is an associate in the firm’s Houston office. She represents clients in general civil, complex commercial, and environmental litigation matters, at the trial and appellate le...