Administrative

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, taxing authorities or state agencies; handling contested case hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings; or managing complex environmental hearings before the TCEQ or EPA. Our attorneys are also adept at challenging agency decisions, rules, or actions in district courts, appellate courts, and the Texas Supreme Court. Further, we have significant experience working with agencies to get good, common-sense rules adopted by the agencies that regulate our clients.

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, and another who previously served as a Division Chief at the Office of the Texas Attorney General. 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. The relationships, reputations, credibility, and experience they have built often help our attorneys obtain favorable resolutions or results for their clients.

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
  • State tax audits
  • Economic development or incentive programs

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
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA)
  • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
  • County Appraisal Districts and Appraisal Review Boards

US Supreme Court building statue

July 8, 2024
Mentions

Travis Wussow Quoted in ‘Houston Business Journal’ About Supreme Court’s Reversal of Chevron Deference

Travis Wussow was featured in a Houston Business Journal article discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn its 40-year-old precedent in Chevron U.S.A. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

“This is one of the most consequential cases that the Supreme Court has decided in many years,” he said. “If federal agencies have less power, then those who are regulated may take a different footing when engaging with their regulators because there are other options available to them. They can go to court if they feel that the agency has stepped out of line.”

Wetlands USA Florida

February 2, 2024
Attorney News

Lawdragon Lists Eight Jackson Walker Partners Among Leading Environmental Lawyers of 2024

According to Lawdragon, “The 2024 Leaders in Environmental Law” list features “an amazing collection of attorneys, ranging from wolf advocates, to sustainable finance leaders, experts in greenwashing claims and regulatory gurus who help businesses navigate environmental regulations to successfully develop projects.”

2024 Top Texas Women Super Lawyers

January 11, 2024
Attorney News

Super Lawyers Names 31 Jackson Walker Attorneys in Texas Top Women 2024 Magazine

Jackson Walker congratulates the 31 attorneys who were included in the Texas Top Women 2024 Magazine published by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. The annual Texas Top Texas Women edition includes the highest-rated women attorneys across the “Texas Rising Stars” and “Texas Super Lawyers” lists in a given practice area.

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July 17, 2023
Insights

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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