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Aileen Hooks regularly provides legal counsel to clients on regulatory and permitting matters relating to environmental, health and safety issues, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, pipeline safety regulations and fuel regulations. She has advised clients on issues related to state and federal Superfund sites and other contaminated properties since the 1980s. She regularly works on environmental issues affecting the upstream, midstream and downstream energy industry sectors. Ms. Hooks has experience working with a number of state and federal environmental agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Additionally, Ms. Hooks works on the environmental and facilities-related aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including international matters. She has managed and participated in the assessment and management of environmental risks and negotiation of environmental terms for transactions involving upstream oil and gas assets, refineries, pipelines and terminals, wind projects, ethanol plants and nuclear power plants as well as the chemical, paper and semiconductor industries.
Ms. Hooks has extensive experience handling complex and sensitive contract negotiations, performing environmental, health and safety site assessments and compliance audits, and evaluating and resolving environmental liability concerns. She has helped clients in a variety of industries design and implement audit and compliance programs and policies related to environmental, health and safety issues.
Ms. Hooks’ environmental practice also encompasses sustainability and climate change issues. She is active in the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. On a pro bono basis, she worked on the drafting and negotiation of a memorandum of understanding between the Council and the U.S. EPA on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Fields of Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development.
Aileen Hooks has a multidisciplinary practice encompassing technology and real estate transactions, in addition to environmental law. Her wide-ranging experience in corporate and real estate matters includes mergers and acquisitions and commercial real estate purchase, sale, leasing and financing transactions.