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Jason Hutt

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Bracewell LLP

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Environmental Strategies


Jason Hutt, head of the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice, advises and defends clients in administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions (and internal investigations) related to the federal and state agencies, including EPA, DOI, DOE, CFPB and DOJ. He also counsels energy companies, manufacturers, project developers, investor groups and financial institutions about environmental risks and liabilities associated with incident response, regulatory compliance, project development, congressional hearings and corporate transactions, including current and upcoming regulatory and policy developments at the nexus of environment and energy policy. With a geology background, Jason’s practice includes focused attention on oil and gas development (including hydraulic fracturing).




J.D., magna cum laude, Vermont Law School, 1998; B.A., Colgate University, 1995

United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

Anchored in Washington DC and Texas, Bracewell LLP represents clients in contested case proceedings, project development, investigations, enforcement defence, and mass torts, covering CAA, CWA, CERCLA, and climate change, with a particular focus on the energy sector. It continued its assistance to key client Valero Energy in a lawsuit against the EPA concerning the client being defined as an obligated party under the Renewable Fuel Standard of the CAA and clarification of the regulated parties under the program. It also assisted Venoco in aspects relating to its bankruptcy, namely in terms of developing and implementing a strategy for addressing oil and gas assets with millions of dollars in liabilities related to plugging and abandonment of wells, closure or decommissioning of production and transportation facilities, and the environmental restoration of operations sites. In Washington DC, Jason Hutt leads the environmental practice; Kevin Ewing is an expert in midstream, upstream and offshore energy development; Jeffrey Holmstead is a leading CAA and climate change lawyer; and Lisa Jaeger previously worked as acting general counsel and deputy general counsel at the EPA. Houston-based Christopher Dodson co-chairs environmental litigation practice. In Austin, managing partner Timothy Wilkins is the other environmental litigation practice co-chair; Kevin Collins is a former assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas; and associate Brittany Pemberton advises energy, oil and gas, and industrial clients in environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Focused on oil and gas, Bracewell LLP advises on climate change regulation, LNG development, pipeline and other infrastructure development, and major environmental incidents. The team advises Cheniere on all environmental regulatory, permitting and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration compliance matters; it also acted for the Williams Companies in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for federal engagement on the permitting, construction and operation of pipeline infrastructure. In Washington DC, Jason Hutt is the chair of the firm’s environmental and natural resources department; Jeffrey Holmstead is a CAA and climate change specialist; and Kevin Ewing is another standout name. In Austin, Sara Burgin is a specialist on water issues; Kevin Collins is a former Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas; and Timothy Wilkins is the office managing partner. Houston-based Christopher Dodson co-chairs the environmental litigation practice.

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Environment: transactional

Within: Environment: transactional

With an established reputation in the energy sector, Bracewell LLP advises on due diligence investigations, the negotiation of environmental indemnities, environmental disclosures to shareholders, and public policy considerations. Recent highlights include acting for Canada’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider Hydro One in the $5.3bn acquisition of Avista, and acting for Venoco in relation to its bankruptcy, namely in terms of implementing a strategy for addressing oil and gas assets. The latter case was led in Washington DC by Jason Hutt, who chairs the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice; Houston-based Heather Palmer led on the former matter. Other key contacts include Timothy Wilkins in Austin, and environmental strategies group head Jeffrey Holmstead, also in Washington DC.

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