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Baker Botts L.L.P.
700 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-5692
United States

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Joshua Frank handles a wide variety of complex, high stakes environmental litigation matters arising in all media (air, water and waste) under major environmental statutes and regulatory programs. His work has included Clean Air Act litigation; cost recovery, contribution and natural resource damage litigation under CERCLA and related state statutes; Clean Water Act litigation; mass tort class actions concerning environmental property damage claims; and other toxic tort and products liability litigation. Because his work often involves complicated scientific and engineering issues, Josh draws upon his background in the sciences to help his clients defend against such claims.

Josh has extensive experience in defending government enforcement actions and citizen suits under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, as well as in representing clients in appellate challenges to environmental regulations at both the state and federal level. In addition to litigation, he also handles hazardous waste site remediation issues and regularly counsels clients regarding regulatory issues falling under a broad range of environmental statutes and regulations.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort

Combining strong national litigation strength with a standalone full-service environmental offering, Baker Botts L.L.P. is able to provide a “soup to nuts” service to energy and manufacturing companies in the defense of toxic exposure and environmental tort cases. The Houston office, in particular, has in recent years, gained a particularly strong reputation for its ability to handle large-scale crisis response work following major incidents –  including in the aftermath of chemical explosions, water and soil contamination. It can quickly mobilize resources and therefore manage reputational damage, liaise with regulators, litigate private class actions and pursue government investigations. Russell Lewis  and Kevin Jacobs  both have significant experience co-ordinating litigation, including MDLs, and exemplify this multi-faceted approach which frequently sees them fending off government actions. ‘Calm in a crisis’, Washington DC-based Kent Mayo  is particularly adept at representing clients in the aftermath of major disasters, including refinery explosions and chemical spills. Joshua Frank is also well-versed in handling chemical exposure cases and co-heads the team alongside Mayo and Houston-based elder statesman Tynan Buthod .