Environmental Law

Mr. Ramirez also maintains an active practice in the field of Environmental Law; he began his professional career as an EPA Attorney.  He has developed a particular proficiency in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), especially regarding transportation projects. He has provided advice and counsel on approximately 40 NEPA documents (Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements), and has represented clients in at least six separate judicial challenges to NEPA documents in federal district courts, prevailing in all of them.  He has spoken numerous times on the legal fundamentals of the NEPA document (and the NEPA process) to working professionals in that field. 

He also practices in the intricacies of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  He has advised clients through formal and informal consultation under Section 7 of the ESA, and, on behalf of an industrial trade association intervening in support of the State, actively participated in the TAP v. Shaw lawsuit, where plaintiffs sued the State of Texas alleging a “take” of an endangered species (Whooping Cranes) because of lawful diversions of surface water under state-issued water permits.  While plaintiffs prevailed in U.S. District Court, the 5th Court of Appeals (5th. Cir, 13-40317, December 2014) reversed because of proximate cause.

Mr. Ramirez began his legal career working on hazardous waste issues especially matters pertaining to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and remains active in those areas today.