Scott D. Deatherage

Attorney at Law

We understand the multiple issues that arise with permitting new or existing facilities.  Working with governmental agencies, state and local taxing authorities and economic development entities, and neighboring landowners raising objections, among others, we assist clients in obtaining permits and obtaining economic development incentives and tax abatement so their projects can be completed. 

Dispute resolution

Businesses require guidance on regulation and its impact on their operations.  We offer expert advice as to what the regulations require and how to develop a sound and reasonable approach to compliance.​

Disputes occur-- with governmental agencies, neighbors, and other businesses.  We understand the players, the interplay of tort law and environmental law, and how to resolve disputes.

Our Services

Permitting and Siting


We have advised clients regarding hundreds of transactions.  The experience includes due diligence, contractual negotiations involving indemnities, representations and warranties, environmental escrow and remediation agreements, review and commenting on Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Reports.  We work with clients, consultants, and counterparties to resolve issues and close transactions.


strategic Compliance

Scott Deatherage focuses his practice on the environment, energy, and water.  Often these issues overlap and require a multi-level resolution.  He advises clients how to resolve legal and business issues in what are often complex problems and transactions.

  • Enforcement actions involving local, state, and federal government agencies;
  • Manufacturing, refining, chemical, printing, and other industrial activities;
  • Permitting of power of energy and industrial projects and local property taxes;
  • Regulatory advice and negotiations on behalf of clients with government agencies;
  • Compliance counseling and auditing;
  • Advice, due diligence, and contract negotiations in corporate, real estate, and oil and gas transactions;
  • Climate change planning and strategy, greenhouses gas permitting, regulatory actions;
  • Sustainability planning and strategy;
  • Advising power generation clients on power purchase agreements, interconnection, engineering contracts, construction contracts, and other energy contracts;
  •  Texas Clean Energy Counsel: advises clients on energy efficiency, demand response, wind, solar, waste to energy, anaerobic digestion, biofuels, and other renewable and alternative energy matters;
  • Advising clients purchasing clients on power purchase agreements;
  • Water rights and water quality issues for industrial, agricultural, real estate, oil and gas. and other business activities;
  • Advises Clean Tech and environmental technology companies and startups, mentor for Clean Tech Open.

 The key for this practice is knowledge, experience, creativity, innovation, and judgment.