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




Larry has been practicing environmental law full-time since 1981, and has an exceptionally broad range of environmental law experience that makes him particularly well suited to advise clients with multifaceted environmental problems, such as those frequently encountered in large business transactions. He has experience in counseling, permitting, and civil and criminal litigation, and has a proven track record in negotiating settlements and liability allocation agreements to resolve complex environmental problems.

Larry currently serves as the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group Leader, Co-Chair of Vinson & Elkins’ Energy and Infrastructure practice group and Chair of the Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force. He is also a member of V&E’s Climate Change practice group.

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United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

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Larry Nettles  – 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

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.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Vinson & Elkins LLP is skilled at handling a huge variety of environmental mandates, ranging from regulatory and permitting matters to federal environmental litigation. The team is well-versed in contentious and historical contamination cases across the country, and in litigating EPA’s regulations of national importance. Larry Nettles in Houston jointly heads up the environmental group with Washington DC-based Ronald Tenpas, who stands out for his strong track record in civil and criminal matters related to alleged environmental violations. In the Houston office, George Wilkinson is experienced in litigation before state and federal courts involving a range of environmental issues, including RCRA and CERCLA. Clean Air Act expert Eric Groten is a name to note in Austin for enforcement action defense. Clients engaged in environmental litigation and regulatory matters which involve complex scientific and technical issues regularly seek Margaret Peloso‘s advice. She is based in Washington DC.