Bracewell extends environmental reach with four new partners

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP have added four partners to the firm’s environment and natural resources practice. Sara M. Burgin, Kevin Collins, Matt Paulson, and Whit Swift will work primarily from Bracewell’s Austin, Texas, office, joining the firm’s environmental team anchored in Austin, Houston, and Washington, DC.

The combined team offers Bracewell’s clients a bench of experience in air, water, wetlands, and waste issues, as well as contested case proceedings, strategic permitting assistance, infrastructure development, government investigations, enforcement defense, and crisis response.

Burgin advises industrial and municipal clients on water quality, including permitting, compliance, and enforcement matters relating to industrial and storm water discharges; surface water and ground water rights; water contracts; Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures requirements and applicability; Clean Water Act jurisdictional issues; and dredge and fill permitting.

Collins is a former assistant US attorney, and advises clients on a range of workplace safety and environmental issues. He has experience responding to major industrial accidents and conducting internal investigations in the energy and chemical sectors.

Paulson represents companies in environmental matters including strategic permitting, enforcement and compliance, investigations, litigation, and crisis response. He advises on federal and state environmental law issues arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act

Swift advises industrial companies on state and federal air quality permitting and regulations, such as Title V operating permits and New Source Review permitting. He represents clients in environmental litigation and contested case proceedings before the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Bracewell & Giuliani's environment and natural resources practice is an advisor to energy, power, and industrial clients. Based in Texas and Washington, DC, the practice provides advice, strategy, and advocacy on air quality, climate change, water quality, wetlands, and waste, and supports clients in contested case proceedings, project development, investigations, and enforcement.

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