Ali Abazari represents clients in permitting and enforcement matters in the air, water, and waste media before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as in permitting and enforcement matters related to surface mining before the Railroad Commission of Texas. Mr. Abazari has significant expertise in industrial waste management, strategic environmental planning, environmental auditing, Superfund, underground storage tanks, underground injection disposal wells, transactional issues involving the sale and acquisition of contaminated properties, water utilities, and water quality. He has represented members of the mining, agricultural, energy, steel, and other manufacturing industries, as well as financial institutions, developers, and various municipal and local governments.
Mr. Abazari previously served as a Regulatory Specialist at URS Corporation, where he primarily worked on remediation projects and provided regulatory support, including providing regulatory analysis, compliance assistance, and permitting assistance. He also served as an attorney in the Litigation Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where he represented the Agency in multi-media environmental litigation matters.
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Mr. Abazari is a member of the State Bar of Texas (Section on Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law), the Austin Bar Association (Section on Administrative Law), and the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Mr. Abazari is a member of the Board of Directors of The Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area.
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Mr. Abazari was named a "Rising Star" (2006-2010) by Thomson Reuters.
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Speeches / Publications
Mr. Abazari has authored articles on site remediation, Brownfields redevelopment, environmental enforcement, and other environmental law issues and is a frequent speaker on these topics. Recent presentations and publications include:
Author, "Radioactive Materials and Wastes and Radiation-Producing Devices" (Chapter 18), Texas Practice, West Publishing (2008-Present)
Co-Author, "The Reshaping of CERCLA Liability—Are Landowners Really Better Off?," Seventeenth Annual Environmental Superconference (August 4-5, 2005)
Co-Author, "Environmental Enforcement (Chapter 4)," Texas Practice, West Publishing (2004-Present)
Co-Author, "Oil and Hazardous Substance Spill Reporting and Response (Chapter 8)," Texas Practice, West Publishing (2004-Present)
Co-Author, "Developer and City Perspectives on Municipal Setting Designations," Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas Seminar (February 2005)
Co-Author, "Environmental Due Diligence and Redevelopment Strategies," Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas Seminar (January 2004)
Author, "Brownfields Redevelopment—A Municipal Perspective," Texas City Attorneys Association (June 2006)
Speaker, "The Admissibility of Scientific Expert Witness Testimony in Environmental Litigation," SETAC Conference (November 2003)
Speaker, "Landowner Liability Defense and Funding under Brownfields Act of 2002," Lloyd Gosselink Seminar (November 2003)
Speaker, "Understanding Environmental Enforcement in Texas: Practical Tools for Navigating the TCEQ Process" (March 2004; July 2004; and October 2004)
Speaker, "Brownfields Redevelopment—A Municipal Perspective," Texas City Attorneys Association Seminar (June 2006)
Speaker, "Defending Against Environmental Enforcement Actions and Negotiating Favorable Settlements, Administrative Law in the Environmental Practice," Austin Bar Association (June 2006)
Speaker, "Accommodating Resource Protection Laws in Construction," Design Law for Texas Architects and Engineers Conference (March 14, 2008)
Speaker, "Water Law," Texas Land Law Seminar (May 30, 2008)
Speaker, "Natural Resources Protection Laws," Land Law for Civil Engineers and Surveyors (September 12, 2008)
Speaker, "State and Federal Site Contamination Law," Land Law for Civil Engineers and Surveyors (September 12, 2008)
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B.A. Economics, The University of Texas at Austin
LL.M. Energy and Environmental Law, Tulane University School of Law
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law