March TALB Meeting and Luncheon

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Date(s) - 03/28/2018
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Woodrose Winery

Douglas G. Caroom, attorney with Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado, Acosta, LLP, will be our speaker on March 28, 2018.  Doug practices in the areas of water and environmental law, administrative law, and public law. He assists municipalities, river authorities, and water districts in all phases of regulation, including use and development of surface water rights and groundwater regulation, and water utility service and regulation. Doug also represents governmental, industrial, commercial and private clients in litigation matters and administrative proceedings involving the Endangered Species Act, Environmental Impact Statements, water quality permitting and enforcement, industrial and municipal solid waste, hazardous waste disposal and cleanup, and air quality.

Representative Experience

Doug has assisted municipalities, water districts, and river authorities on matters related to water rights permits, including indirect reuse permits and interbasin transfers before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Having been involved in six of the State’s water rights adjudications at both the agency and state court levels, Doug has advised clients on water management and system operations issues and represented them in efforts to obtain or amend water rights. He has also negotiated and drafted wholesale water contracts, and assisted in the sale and purchase of groundwater and surface water rights.

Through representation of both public and private clients, Doug has advised clients on remediation projects, counseled potential responsible parties about liability issues related to Superfund sites, and assisted clients with regulatory requirements for permitting municipal, hazardous, and radioactive waste disposal sites. Doug has also represented clients before the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and in federal court on matters relating to the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specializations for Administrative Law, Doug has counseled clients on open meetings and open records law, and represented numerous clients in administrative hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, as well as before state and federal courts. He has experience in contested case hearings concerning water rights applications, water and sewer rates, municipal and hazardous waste permits, and wastewater permits.