Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, a Houston-based law firm, has deepened its experience in environmental regulatory and litigation matters with the addition of another former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) director to its Austin office.
Paul C. Sarahan joins the Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs (JGD) Austin office from Thompson & Knight LLP, and will focus on environmental and workplace safety issues, as well as property tax and legislative issues related to environmental concerns. Sarahan was an attorney with the TCEQ from 1994 to 2005 and served as the Director of the Litigation Division at TCEQ from 1998 to 2005. Paul joins John Riley, who also previously served as a Director of the Litigation Department at TCEQ, in the firm’s Austin office.
“Paul brings more than 20 years of environmental regulatory experience to our firm, and his tremendous skills will serve to deepen and enhance the services we offer our clients,” said Bill Jackson, a founding partner at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs.
Sarahan’s experience includes representing clients in civil environmental enforcement actions and emergency response activities related to multi-agency investigations. He has advised on various oil and gas operations before the EPA and TCEQ regarding enforcement processes, as well as various pipeline operations on Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) enforcement matters.
Sarahan is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Laws in Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Environmental Law Section, Administrative Law Section, and Legislative and Campaign Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.