Scott D. Deatherage

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Dallas, TX

S Deatherage Law, PLLC
 | 325 N. St Paul Street, Suite 3400
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-356-0979
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1987
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Environmental (50%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Environmental Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Over the last 30 years of his career, Scott has focused on environmental issues, energy, water, and climate change.  As a partner in nationally known large law firms, he has worked with clients to solve regulatory challenges and to capitalize on emerging technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage.

 

Environment

His environmental experience over the years is extensive and varied.  He has advised clients in matters involving regulatory issues, transactions, and brownfield re-development.  As climate change has become a significant corporate issue, he has advised clients on greenhouse gas regulation, climate risk and policy, and carbon trading. His experience includes client counseling, enforcement actions, litigation, permitting and siting, and due diligence and contract drafting in transactions.   His experience advising entities in various industries includes:  oil and gas, chemical, refining, pipeline, manufacturing, private equity, real estate, banking, electricity generation.

The areas of his experience are broad:

Clean Air Act and air emissions;
Clean Water Act and wastewater issues;
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and solid and hazardous Waste Issues;
Comprehensive Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and hazaradous substance matters;
Endangered Species Act, habitat, and other species issues;
Wetlands and wetlands mitigation banking/trading;
Brownfield, Voluntary Cleanup, and property remediation and re-development;
 

Energy

In the energy context, Scott has worked with clients on generation more than $5 billion in electricity generation projects, including:

Solar projects, including the Webberville Solar Project near Austin – at the time, the largest solar project in Texas.
Wind projects in west Texas and other states.
Natural gas-fired power plants, designed to be the lowest emitting plants in the market.
Energy efficiency and storage contracts, including negotiation on behalf of an energy efficiency company with a multi-national company for deployment of client technology in over 15 countries.
 

Water

As water has become a scarce and ever more valuable resource, Scott has assisted clients with water-related projects and disputes.  His water experience includes water quality in terms of wastewater permitting, contaminants in groundwater, disputes at to both surface and groundwater discharge or contamination suits.  Some of these projects have included endangered or threatened species or wetlands issues.

In addition, he has worked on water supply issues, including water supply agreements, water permit applications, and water rights disputes.

 

Technology

With respect to the areas above, Scott has also worked on developing environmental, energy, and water technologies.  These range from water treatment, energy storage, soil and groundwater remediation, energy efficiency, and more recently applications of networked and artificial intelligence (machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing) to environmental and energy water issues.  

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Environmental (50%): Environmental Law

Energy & Natural Resources (30%): Energy Law, Natural Resources Law

Business/Corporate (10%): Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

Environmental Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Environmental Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011

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About Scott Deatherage

Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://sdeatheragelaw.com/about-environmental-attorney-scot...

Honors/Awards:

  • Who's Who Legal: Texas
  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental, Dallas Environmental Lawyer of the Year (2010 and 2015)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Dallas Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Environmental

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Dallas Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee
  • Member, Principal Solar Advisory Board
  • Former Texas Representative, State Law Advisory Committee for the Bureau of National Affairs Environmental Due Diligence Guide
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
  • American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources Section
  • Former Chair, IEL Power and Alternative Energy Committee
  • Member, Institute for Energy Law
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Executive Council and various officer positions 1991-1997
  • Program Co-Chair, Dallas Bar Association, 1996-1997
  • Chair, Environmental Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Administrative Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Former Chair, Environmental Disclosure Committee, American Bar Association
  • Board of the Environmental Committee, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 1998-2001
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Climate Change Law Course
  • “Oil and Water: The Relationship of Groundwater and Oil and Gas Exploration and Production,” Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law (June 2008)
  • “Environmental Regulation of Shale Gas Development,” Ecology and Environment seminar on the; Marcellus Shale, October 2009
  • “Environmental Factors in Oil and Gas Operations," 2010 Advanced International Program in Oiland Gas Financial Management, University of Texas at Dallas (May 2010)
  • Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Drilling, Bureau of National Affairs Webinar, May 3, 2011
  • Financing Shale Development: Managing Environmental Issues, Financier Worldwide, May 2012
  • Managing Environmental Risk for Successful Oil and Gas Shale Investment, EUIC Webinar, February 23, 2012
  • View from the Defense, Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Defending or Pursuing Private TortActions, Strafford Publishing Webinar, July 12, 2012
  • Wetlands Challenges and Use of Mitigation Bank Credits, Webinar, Lorman, May 17, 2013
  • Vapor Intrusion Regulation in Texas, EDR Seminar, April 2016
  • Carbon Trading Law and Practice (Oxford University Press 2011)

Educational Background:

  • University of Oklahoma, B.A.,Honors: Highest Honors, 1984
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., Honors: Cum Laude 1987

Industry Groups

  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil And Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for Scott D. Deatherage

325 N. St Paul Street
Suite 3400
Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-356-0979

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