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White Collar Environmental Criminal Defense

Thompson & Knight has extensive experience defending federal and state white collar criminal prosecutions and assisting clients in the investigatory stages of potential criminal matters. Furthermore, our attorneys have represented clients in environmental litigation matters for more than 30 years, including criminal actions.

Overview

Thompson & Knight has extensive experience defending federal and state white collar criminal prosecutions and assisting clients in the investigatory stages of potential criminal matters. Our attorneys have represented individuals and business entities in many different forums where criminal issues have been raised, including internal investigations that raise potential criminal exposure, white collar criminal defense, regulatory and administrative proceedings, forfeiture, and grand jury compliance. Furthermore, Thompson & Knight attorneys have represented clients in environmental litigation matters for more than 30 years, including criminal actions.

Thompson & Knight is “well respected for its deep environmental expertise” and “boasts a strong litigation bench.” – Chambers USA 2019

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More than 50 years of experience representing clients in environmental legal issues

Received a top national ranking for Environmental Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Honored among the top firms in the nation for Environment: Litigation and Environment: Regulatory in The Legal 500 US 2018 by Legalease

Experience

  • Represented a company in an ongoing criminal investigation into possible records manipulation related to leak detection monitoring required by the Clean Air Act
  • Represented the vice president of a company in a criminal prosecution in the Western District of Texas for alleged violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Represented an individual and a related company in their appeal of a criminal conviction for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and in the resentencing, after obtaining a partial reversal, the trial court reversed its previous decision to incarcerate the individual, instead putting him on probation
  • Represented a company in a criminal investigation of the alleged improper disposal of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; investigation did not lead to an indictment
  • Represented a company in a criminal investigation regarding whether asbestos containing material was properly handled under the Clean Air Act; investigation did not lead to an indictment.
  • Currently involved in the representation of a large publicly traded independent energy company and its subsidiary in a criminal investigation of alleged violations of federal Endangered Species Act and federal Clean Water Act and defense of threatened federal criminal action; case involves the construction of gathering lines and other pipelines in the Fayetteville Shale Play in North Central Arkansas, and streams in the area of the construction are home to the endangered Speckled Pocketbook Mussel; representation has included extensive settlement negotiations with the United States Department of Justice
  • Represented the same large publicly traded independent energy company in a voluntary production of documents to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior in connection with an investigation into the development of mineral interests on federal lands
  • Represented a company in a debarment proceeding instituted as a result of a criminal conviction