Robert “Bob” Holden | Partner in Jones Walker’s Litigation Practice Group and is co-team leader of the firm’s environmental litigation team
He counsels clients on environmental regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, and related commercial litigation and represents businesses in the energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and other industries with significant operations across the southeastern United States and in the Gulf of Mexico. He regularly counsels clients on a broad range of environmental and regulatory requirements in relation to air (including Clean Air Act Title V, Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), and New Source Review (NSR) Standards); wastewater (including the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) and Gulf of Mexico General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit programs); hazardous waste (with a particular focus on generator issues); and solid-waste (including permitting and closures). He also provides advice to OCS operators on Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) operational rules. Bob has represented numerous clients in enforcement proceedings before EPA headquarters, EPA Regions 6 and 8, and before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
Jim Noe | Partner in Jones Walker’s Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Industry and Government Relations Teams
Jim splits his time between the firm’s Washington DC and Houston offices. Jim has a robust government relations practice and has developed extensive, deep relationships in the oil and gas, maritime, and construction industries. Among recent, high-profile engagements, he was appointed as primary advocate and spokesman for energy-industry participants following the Macondo oil spill. Jim also has extensive, global experience representing the interests of major, multinational corporations as well as industry groups with respect to major transactions, contracts, and disputes. He has acted as lead negotiator and senior attorney in numerous transactions, including multibillion-dollar sales, acquisitions, and mergers. He routinely conducts internal investigations and represents clients facing agency inquiries and law enforcement investigations involving Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), securities law, and other regulatory compliance matters.
Meghan Smith | Partner in Jones Walker’s Litigation Practice Group and is co-team leader of the firm’s environmental litigation team
She focuses her practice on environmental/toxic tort, energy, and construction litigation and arbitration. Meghan also advises clients on regulatory compliance and permitting issues at the state and federal level for both active facilities and remediation projects. Meghan has worked in defense of numerous major corporations, including oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturers, and engineering/construction firms in state and federal litigation and private arbitration. Recent examples include representing various clients in defense of claims arising from an industrial brine mine collapse; releases from refineries and other petrochemical manufacturing facilities; alleged onshore contamination and coastal erosion from historical and active oil and gas exploration and production operations; personal injury claims related to workplace and secondary exposure to raw materials and byproducts, sudden-occurrence incidents in industrial settings, and offsite injuries; design defect claims; professional negligence claims; and construction defect claims. Meghan is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas.