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Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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Environmental & Natural Resources




Matthew’s practice focuses on complex regulatory counseling, remedial issues, environmental litigation, climate change, and transactional support. He frequently directs environmental, health, and safety compliance audits on behalf of clients and advises on air quality, water quality, CERCLA, RCRA, and fuel quality regulations, as well as state and federal remediation requirements. He has a particular focus on helping clients navigate property transfer statutes, such as the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act, to avoid unnecessary transaction delays. He also counsels clients on compliance with pipeline safety regulations. With respect to environmental litigation, Matthew routinely both defends and pursues environmental indemnification claims on behalf of clients, and also has experience responding to industrial incidents. In addition, Matthew has extensive experience advising clients on the resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions, including risk-counseling and assessing barriers to entry, obtaining environmental or representation and warranties insurance, and the drafting and negotiating of the environmental terms in various types of agreements. 

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

(Next Generation Partners)

Matthew Dobbins  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

Drawing on the firm’s vast internal network of experienced lawyers, Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s sizeable environmental and natural resources department acts for a number of clients in relation to the management of environmental risks in large business transactions. The team, whose experience spans an array of environmentally sensitive industries, stands out for its credentials in the permitting space, and is seen with great regularity securing and defending permits for the development of conventional and renewable energy projects and industrial establishments. The practice has a strong base in Texas, with Houston-based Larry Nettles  taking the lead in multifaceted environmental issues in connection with major transactional mandates. He jointly heads up the practice with Ron Tenpas in Washington DC. Sitting in the Houston office, Matthew Dobbins  is seasoned in every major environmental statute, and offers legal support to financial institutions, corporations and private equity clients on a regular basis. Casey Hopkins  is a contact for allocations of liability in M&A deals, while Margaret Peloso  is noted for her climate change risk management experience. Both practitioners are based in DC.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

(Next Generation Partners)

Matthew Dobbins  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP positions itself as one of the go-to firms in the United States for environmental regulatory issues arising under every major environmental statute. The firm is particularly recognised for its capabilities in securing and defending contested air, water and wetlands permits for energy and industrial developments and multi-state projects involving NEPA and federal lands. Besides complex permitting mandates, the practice is also well versed in historical contamination issues and administrative proceedings before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Former Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice Ronald Tenpas  is a recognised environmental attorney, who concentrates his activity in civil and criminal investigations related to alleged environmental violations and litigation challenging new regulatory provisions. He co-heads the department from Washington DC. Fellow co-leader Larry Nettles  is based in Houston. Other individuals to note in the Houston office include Michael Wigmore , whose permitting experience spans upstream oil and gas development, pipelines, mining and manufacturing facilities, and Matthew Dobbins , who is recommended for environmental litigation, regulation and transactional matters.