Jeff is a principal in both the Air and Waste Practice Group and the Compliance and Enforcement Practice Group. Jeff’s practice focuses on solid waste management, permitting, and enforcement; air permitting and enforcement; site remediation (including use of the Texas Risk Reduction Program, “TRRP”); spill reporting; and environmental due diligence in significant real estate transactions. He also assists clients in enforcement actions and in conducting audits under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Privilege Act.

Jeff has been actively involved in the Air and Waste Management Association, where he served in several leadership roles, including serving as chair of the Central Texas Chapter in 2013. He is also a frequent speaker and author on solid waste and air issues.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jeff worked as a civil engineer for almost a decade, and received his professional engineering license in 2000. He graduated from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2006.

Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, cum laude (2006)
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas (1993)
Professional Licenses
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2006)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer No. 86356 (inactive) (2000)

Representative Experience
  • Represents clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Environmental Protection Agency in obtaining permits, permit amendments, and registrations
  • Represents clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Environmental Protection Agency in enforcement actions
  • Assists clients in evaluating spill reporting requirements and air emission reporting requirements and applying those requirements to the clients’ specific situation
  • Assists clients in performing environmental due diligence in real estate transactions
  • Assists clients in performing environmental audits under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Privilege Act
  • Assists clients in obtaining grants under the Texas Emission Reduction Program (“TERP”)

Publications & Presentations
  • Co-author, “Clean Air Act General Duty Clause: The Murky Card Up EPA’s Enforcement Sleeve,” The Lone Star Current, October 2017
  • Co-author, “The Texas Cement Apocalypse,” The Lone Star Current, July 2015
  • Author, “Everyone Claims Victory: Greenhouse Gas Regulation After Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA,” Vol. 35, Issue 5, Westlaw Journal Environmental, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Renewable Energy,” Chapter 27 Vol. 46 Texas Practice, Environmental Law, 2013-2017
  • Co-Author, “Solid Waste,” Chapter 10 Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law, 2013-2017
  • Co-author, “Smoke and Mirrors: A Municipality’s Ability to Protect Its Air Quality in Light of Preemption and the Texas Clean Air Act,” The Lone Star Current, 2012
  • Author, “The Contract Behind the Flux Capacitor: Contractual Risk Allocation in Waste-to-Energy Projects,” SWANA Waste-to-Energy Tech News, March 2012
  • Author, “Greenhouse Gases — The Next Chapter,” The Lone Star Current, 2011
  • Author, “Texas and EPA Arm-wrestle Over Clean Air,” The Lone Star Current, 2010
  • Speaker, “Greenhouse Gases — To Control or Not to Control”, AWMA & AAEE Environmental Law & Texas Regulatory Seminar 2010
  • Co-Author, “Carbon, Carbon Everywhere,” The Lone Star Current, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Green for Being Green: Carbon Credits and Other Financial Incentives for Biosolids Programs” Odor and Biosolids Management Conference & Expo, 2009
  • Co-Author, “The Three Branches of Carbon Regulation,” The Lone Star Current, 2009
  • Speaker, “Control of Greenhouse Gases” Solid Waste Association of North America, Lone Star Chapter Annual Conference 2009
  • Co-Author, “Reducing Carbon Emissions – An Opportunity Today,” The Lone Star Current, 2008
  • Author, “TxSWANA Comments On Proposed Changes to Chapters 305 and 330,” The Lone Star, 2008
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Allows Flow Control For Publicly Owned Landfills,” The Lone Star Current, 2007
  • Author, “Good Critters vs. Bad Critters – A New Landfill Dilemma,” The Lone Star Current, 2006

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
    o Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
  • Central Texas Chapter – Air and Waste Management Association,
    o Chair (2013)
    o Vice-chair 2012
    o Membership Chair 2011
  • Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi
Honors & Awards
  • Selected for inclusion by Thomson Reuters in Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2010


As a young man, Jeff was privileged to serve in the U.S. Army, where he was promoted to sergeant (E-5) in less than four years. While stationed in Berlin, Germany, Jeff served in President Reagan’s honor guard when he gave his famous “take down this wall” speech. When Jeff isn’t working, he’s at home with his wife and two children, or working in the yard.