Matthew Dobbins > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
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845 Texas Avenue, Suite 4700
Houston, Texas 77002
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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 > Environment > Environment: transactional

(Next Generation Partners)

Matthew Dobbins  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

The environmental and natural resources group at Vinson & Elkins LLP acts for clients on high-value M&A, the buying and selling of assets, financings and project development, and is well versed in acquiring and defending permits pertaining to air, water and wetlands. The practice has a strong track record in handling the environmental aspects of energy transactions and is led by Ron Tenpas in Washington DC. Also in Houston, Matthew Dobbins is a name for regulatory counseling, remedial issues, environmental litigation, energy transition and transactional matters, with a focus on low-carbon ventures. Casey Hopkins in DC is experienced in securities offerings, private placements and environmental approvals. Larry Nettles has retired.

United States > Environment > Environment: regulatory

(Next Generation Partners)

Matthew Dobbins  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

The environmental and natural resources team at Vinson & Elkins LLP is active in the oil and gas, and mining industries, among others and has a strong track record in high-stakes government investigations and enforcement matters, permitting, and litigation when things go wrong. The team is led by Washington DC’s Ronald Tenpas, a key name for in civil and criminal investigations and CAA matters. Matthew Dobbins, also in Houston, handles litigation, regulation and transactional issues, with particular expertise of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects and renewable fuels. Larry Nettles has retired.