With public attention focused on catastrophic environmental and industrial events in the energy industry, such as those caused by natural disasters, explosions, accidents and other incidents, how companies respond to catastrophic incidents is critical. This session will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to successful legal response for these types of events. Topics to be addressed range from effectively working with regulators (CSB, OSHA, NTSB, EPA, ATF, and many others), defending governmental enforcement actions and the many inevitable personal injury lawsuits, coordinating external and internal investigations, preserving evidence, the environmental duties of a company’s incident response team, and public relations.
Webinar begins at 12:30 pm Central
Duration: 60 minutes
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Lauren's practice focuses on energy, environmental, toxic tort, and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, including class action and multi-district litigation. Lauren represents energy clients in connection with disputes related to industrial accidents, hydraulic fracturing, disposal and injection wells, chemical exposure, product liability, federal and state environmental statutes, royalty payment practices, and contractual disputes. Lauren also handles a variety of general civil litigation matters involving causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, nuisance and contractual and common law indemnity.
Lauren is actively involved in pro bono work, having served as a past Chair of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers and having successfully represented dozens of clients in divorce, child custody, and domestic violence disputes.
US Co-Head of Energy, Infrastructure and Environmental
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Eddie Lewis, who joined in 1993, is a partner in the Houston office. He focuses his practice in the environmental law area, including the defense of major litigation and governmental enforcement actions that result from catastrophic industrial incidents. Eddie personally responds to the scene of industrial incidents, usually on the day of the event, where he assists clients in coordinating incident response activities, in managing interactions with the many governmental authorities (e.g., CSB, OSHA, ATF, EPA, fire marshals, state and local environmental agencies, police) that respond to and investigate industrial incidents, and working on matters such as public communications, evidence preservation, incident investigation and the defense of private party and government lawsuits. He takes a hands-on approach to work with clients to formulate overall legal strategy related to each incident. Previously, Eddie worked as a chemical engineer which contributes to his knowledge of environmental issues and industrial processes, as well as his ability to work effectively with facility engineers, operators and environmental and safety personnel. His practice frequently involves legal issues in which catastrophic incidents and/or complex technical issues are at the forefront.
- $0 - IEL Member
- $0 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
- $50 - Non-Member
Texas Course Number 174113503. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.
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