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ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY at City of Houston, TX
City of Houston, TX
Houston, TX, USA
$70.900 - $72.000
14 Sep → 14 Oct
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the “OCA”) provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees.
Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys working in 10 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.
Every member of the OCA must be committed to “Service Through Law.”
The City of Houston Legal Department is seeking an efficient, and solutions-focused environmental attorney to handle matters related to a myriad of environmental law matters, including air, water, and/or waste regulatory compliance, permitting and enforcement matters.
- Providing guidance and counsel to various City departments about possible environmental infractions and enforcement requirements.
- Engaging with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other environmental organizations to forge relationships, update client departments regarding current environmental regulations and requirements, and keep the needs of the City of Houston on the forefront of future federal and state environmental changes and regulations.
- Negotiating and drafting agreements, including settlements, with commercial businesses and private property owners related to contamination, regulations, and the clean up of contaminated sites.
- Drafting ordinances related to various environmental legal matters including Municipal Settings Designations and Code of Ordinance amendments.
- Reviewing and commenting on proposed environmental laws and regulations.
- Rendering legal advice to various City of Houston departments regarding environmental permitting, monitoring, and enforcement of City environmental codes.
- Drafting, reviewing, and/or revising city policies to further the City’s goal of preventing and remediating environmental contamination in the City of Houston.
- Working in collaboration with various attorneys on purchase and sale agreements, easements, deeds, and litigation to ensure the City of Houston is protected against environmental contamination.
- Supporting a senior environmental attorney in day to day activities including attending client meetings, assisting in proposed legislation review during legislative session, and assisting client departments with various environmental activities including enforcement of City of Houston environmental policies and procedures.
Requirements / Qualifications
Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.
Must be a member of the Texas State Bar on or about the first day of employment. If selected for this position, official proof of a J.D. degree and membership in the Texas State Bar is required and a condition of employment.
At least two years of experiencing practicing environmental law.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience working with TCEQ, EPA, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
Experience drafting, negotiating, and reviewing environmental sections of contracts and property restrictions.
Solid legal research and analytical skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Familiarity with Texas real property statutes and Federal, State and local environmental laws.
A strong understanding of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource and Conservation and Recovery Act, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, and the Endangered Species Act, among others.
Familiarity with municipal or public law.
Willingness to work extended hours as needed to accommodate workload demands.
Proficiency with the Office 365 suite of programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, OneDrive Business, as well as other Microsoft collaborative platforms such as SharePoint; and proficiency with electronic legal research tools such as Westlaw Edge, Practical Law, and Drafting Assistant
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