Administrative and Regulatory

Jackson Walker’s administrative and regulatory attorneys represent clients in matters before a wide range of local, state, and federal government agencies. We have a deep knowledge of the steps involved with successfully navigating the administrative process, whether it involves appearing before local planning or zoning commissions, handling contested case hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, or managing complex environmental hearings before the TCEQ or EPA. Several of our attorneys previously served as in-house attorneys with governmental agencies, including a team member who was an Administrative Law Judge with the State Office of Administrative Hearings for almost 19 years and who teaches Texas Administrative Law at the University of Texas and Baylor Law Schools. The combination of their experience offers clients a unique perspective into the steps involved with effectively appearing before state and federal agencies, city councils, municipal boards and commissions, and the courts.

Our team regularly advises clients concerning:

  • Licensing and permitting
  • Administrative and regulatory hearings
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Judicial review of administrative agency decisions
  • Environmental issues
  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement
  • Rulemaking
  • Open records matters
  • Rate regulations

We regularly appear or advise clients with matters before the following agencies, among others:

  • Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
  • Texas Railroad Commission (RRC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC)
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)
  • Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC)
  • River Authorities, such as the Lower Colorado River Authority or the Brazos River Authority
Power lines at sunset

July 17, 2023

Texas Supreme Court Grants ERCOT Sovereign Immunity

On June 23, in CPS Energy v. Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is entitled to sovereign immunity, concluding that ERCOT is an “arm of the state” because it is under the complete purview of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), the Legislature, and the statutory requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA).

By Craig Bennett & Tyler Self

Michael Nasi environmental hearing on June 6, 2023

June 6, 2023
Speaking Engagements

Mike Nasi Delivers Remarks During Energy and Commerce Subcommittee’s Hearing on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On June 6, 2023, Mike Nasi gave witness testimony at an Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for the power sector and the reliable delivery of electricity.

Steel pipes energy pipeline midstream with Jackson Walker logo

March 22, 2023
Attorney News

Lawdragon Lists Six Jackson Walker Attorneys Among Leading Energy Lawyers of 2023

Jackson Walker partners Leonard Dougal, Meghan Griffiths, Peter Hosey, Jesse Lotay, Michael Nasi, and Michael Pearson have been selected to “The 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyers” list. Selection is limited to those who have been in practice for at least 10 years and is based on the publication’s individual research, submissions from firms and companies, and vetting with experienced lawyers in their respective areas.

Taylor Holcomb with Jackson Walker logo

October 20, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Taylor Holcomb to Discuss Impact of New Mexico’s Ozone Precursor Rule on Upstream and Midstream Facilities

Taylor Holcomb will partner with air quality permitting and compliance specialist, Adam Erenstein, from Trinity Consultants to provide perspectives on the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) new Ozone Precursor Rule during a webinar presented by Trinity Consultants on November 3, 2022.

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