Jim Morriss is the Austin Office Leader and the Firm-wide Practice Leader of the Government and Regulatory Practice Group. He focuses his practice on environmental permitting; compliance counseling; facility siting, including wetlands and endangered species work; legislative lobbying; and administrative and judicial litigation before local, state, and federal environmental agencies and state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in counseling clients in environmental risk management, including the design and implementation of environmental auditing programs and environmental management systems, and in the investigation and disclosure of environmental liabilities and contingencies.
Jim has significant experience in litigation involving the investigation and remedy of complex sites including the development and presentation of risk based solutions to contamination.
Jim "is creative in developing the approach to complicated issues and is a persuasive advocate" according to clients quoted by Chambers USA. He represents clients in a variety of industry and commercial sectors including steel, metals recycling, organic and inorganic chemicals, petroleum refining, plastics, cement, oil and gas exploration and production, transportation, and real estate development.