Legal Experience

Over the last 30 years of his career, Scott has focused his practice on energy, environment, water, and climate change.  As a partner in nationally known large law firms, he has worked with clients to solve regulatory challenges and to capitalize on emerging technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage. More recently he has become an advisor to a startup company applying blockchain and artificial intelligence technology to electricity markets. Scott is always focused on innovation in his practice and seeing what the future holds for his clients, and applying creativity to solve legal issues and advance client goals.

Scott's environmental practice includes representation of landowners, real estate developers, banks, and private equity firms in dealing with soil and groundwater contamination and management of those issues under the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program and Municipal Setting Designation Program.  He also represents clients in solid and hazardous waste, air emissions, wastewater, wetlands, endangered species, toxic substances and other areas of environmental law.  Scott represents parties in enforcement, permitting, regulatory compliance and compliance auditing, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. 

Scott represents renewable, natural gas, and distributed energy project developers, energy storage project developers, landowners, and private equity companies on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues. He has assisted in negotiating ground leases, power purchase agreements,  EPC agreements, interconnection agreements, as well as property tax exemptions and abatement.  Scott also has represented lenders in relation to the financing of renewable energy projects.  He has represented clients before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and other state and federal agencies.  Scott has advised clients in connection with carbon credits, greenhouse gas emissions and permitting, and greenhouse gas reporting requirements.

As water has become a scarce and ever more valuable resource, Scott has assisted clients with water-related projects and disputes.  Scott's experience includes water quality in terms of wastewater permitting, contaminants in groundwater, disputes as to both surface and groundwater contamination suits.  Some of these projects have included endangered or threatened species or wetlands issues.  In addition, he has worked on water supply issues, including water supply agreements, water permit applications, and water rights disputes.

Scott has also worked on developing environmental, energy, and water technologies.  These range from water treatment, energy storage, renewable energy generation, soil and groundwater remediation, energy efficiency, and more recently applications of networked and artificial intelligence (machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing) to environmental and energy issues.

Honors and Awards

• Texas Super Lawyers, Environmental;
• Best Lawyers in Dallas, Dallas Magazine;
• Best Lawyers in America, Environmental, Dallas Environmental Lawyer of the Year (2010 and 2015);
• America’s Leading Lawyers for Business;
• Who's Who Legal: Texas.

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