Mr Jeffrey Holmstead > Bracewell LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell LLP
2001 M STREET, NW, SUITE 900
WASHINGTON DC 20036
United States

Work Department

Environmental Strategies

Position

Jeff Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for Air and Radiation, is one of the nation’s leading climate change lawyers as recognized by Chambers USA (2008-2020) and heads the environmental strategies group (ESG) at Bracewell. The ESG is a multi-disciplinary group that includes environmental and energy attorneys, public policy advocates and strategic communications experts – most of whom have had high-level government experience. Under Jeff’s leadership, they work together on a daily basis to advise and defend companies and business groups confronting major environmental and energy-development challenges, both domestically and globally.

Education

J.D., Yale Law School, 1987; B.A., summa cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1984

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

With extensive experience in environmental litigation before state and federal courts across the US, Bracewell LLP is skilled at handling bet-the-company civil, administrative and criminal proceedings on behalf of clients from a range of industries, with a particular focus on the energy sector. The firm excels in assembling cross-office teams to handle major environmental cases involving air, water, waste, climate change and infrastructure development, and negotiating the resolution of enforcement cases opposite EPA and the Department of Justice. The department is jointly led by Jason Hutt  in Washington DC, whose experience covers major industrial accidents, multi-party and multi-media environmental cases and enforcement actions, and Austin-based Kevin Collins , who is counsel of choice for leading energy and petrochemical clients. Also in DC, Kevin Ewing  is another key contact for energy companies, while Jeffrey Holmstead  is singled out for his expertise in air and climate change matters. Ann Navaro  is a solid litigator who is regularly engaged in permitting and enforcement-related cases.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

Bringing together strong capabilities in legal and policy matters with knowledge in media relations and lobbying, Bracewell LLP is well positioned to provide the full-range of environmental regulatory advice across the country.  Showcasing extensive experience in issues ranging from air quality and climate change to water quality, waste, endangered species, and wetlands, the department is seen regularly acting for clients from the oil and gas, power, chemicals, mining, technology and manufacturing industries in relation to enforcement defense, major accident response, and legislative matters. Typical mandates also include regulatory advocacy related to infrastructure permitting for oil and natural gas pipelines across the US and Superfund matters. The ‘go-to practice for environmental matters‘ is jointly led by Jason Hutt , who has a wealth of experience in administrative enforcement actions, major industrial incidents and infrastructure permitting, and Clean Air Act and climate change specialist Jeffrey Holmstead . Both sit in the Washington DC office, where Kevin Ewing  stands out for his involvement in permitting-related mandates and climate change issues. Permitting, compliance and enforcement matters in association with onshore and offshore wastewater discharges are key areas of expertise for Sara Burgin  in Austin. Kevin Collins , who is also based in Austin, is counsel of choice for several energy and petrochemical clients in relation to investigations of environmental and process safety incidents. Also in Austin, Timothy Wilkins is seasoned in ESG issues, energy transition and environmental permitting.