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Suzanne Wilson has practiced environmental law in the public and private sectors for over 20 years. She counsels her clients in major areas of environmental law, including government investigations, acquisitions, rule challenges, permitting, compliance audits, fuels, enforcement actions, crisis management and emergency response, climate regulation, and carbon trading matters. Suzanne represents companies of varying sizes in multiple industries including refining, energy, chemicals, real estate, agriculture, financial services and retail.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Suzanne was an environmental partner at an AmLaw 100 firm for over six years. Before that, she had a distinguished 18-year career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency including as the general counsel for Region 6 responsible for all regulatory and enforcement matters in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Region 6 is home to  the most diverse and complex environmental issues in the U.S., including the largest universe of petrochemical sources in the country, 67 tribal communities, uranium mining, oil and natural gas exploration, and federal facilities operations.

Suzanne is well-versed in all federal environmental statutes, with a particular focus on CAA, CWA, RCRA, CERCLA, OPA, TSCA, NEPA and FIFRA (including pesticidal claims and registration). She has successfully represented clients before the DC Circuit in climate related rule challenges and is an expert in fuels regulation.  She has negotiated more than 50 judicial and administrative cases for EPA and as special counsel for DOJ, and has substantial experience drafting and negotiating NOVs, FOVs, administrative and judicial complaints, consent decrees, and consent orders. Suzanne regularly counsels clients on Title V permitting requirements, deviation reporting, the development of compliance plans, responses to Title V objections and various other permit challenges. She represents clients in all aspects of water permitting, underground injection, RCRA permits and cost recovery, removal and remedial actions under Superfund laws, and re-development under federal and state Brownfields programs, as well as state and federal audit policies.

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • “Texas Environmental Law,” co-author, Volumes 45-46, Chapter 32 Citizen Suits and Public Participation, Thomson Reuters, 2020-2021.
  • “Developments in Federal and Texas Environmental Law,” speaker, HalfMoon Education’s Engineering Law and Ethics Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, September 6, 2019.
  • “Water Issues Facing Cities – Going with the Flow,” panelist, EarthX Law Symposium, Dallas, Texas, April 26, 2019.
  • “It’s Not Dead, It’s Mostly Dead – CD Termination,” speaker, 2018 4C Health, Safety, and Environmental Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 3, 2018.
  • “Texas Environmental Law,” co-author, Volumes 45-46, Thomson Reuters, 2017 and 2018.
  • “Facilitating Resolution of Environmental Disputes Associated with Development,” comoderator, Environmental Law & Policy Legal Symposium - Earth Day TX 2017, Dallas, Texas, April 21, 2017.
  • "New Owner Audits," presented at the 4C HSE Conference, Austin, Texas, February 24, 2016.
  • "Environmental Enforcement and Next Gen Enforcement Tools: Views from Enforcement Defense Counsel," webinar, presenter, Air & Waste Management Association, December 8, 2015.
  • “Confronting Climate Change: Policies and Opportunities,” moderator, the French Americ-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS), Rice University, October 2, 2015.
  • “Views from Enforcement Defense Counsel: What to Make of EPA’s NextGen Enforcement,” panelist, the 2015 Air & Waste Management Association – 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 24, 2015.
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Credentials

J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law

B.A., Trinity University

New York

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Intern, Michael H. Dollinger, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Intern, Reena Raggi, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Advisory Board, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas

Advocacy for people with cognitive disabilities

Chair, American Ireland Fund, Emerald Ball, 2014

Girl Scout leader for more than 10 years

Member Angels of Charity, Catholic Charities of Dallas

Pro-bono Representation for San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA)

Texas Horse Park Foundation Board – Board Member 2015-2019

Ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Environment, Texas


2020-2021

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law


2021

Recognized in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 for Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers


2021

Recognized by San Antonio Scene for Best San Antonio Female Lawyers


2021

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Recognition

Ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Environment, Texas


2020-2021

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law


2021

Recognized in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 for Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers


2021

Recognized by San Antonio Scene for Best San Antonio Female Lawyers


2021

Matters

Successfully represented the Small Retailers Coalition in the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia in a challenge to the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Represented Bank of America in assisting a large forest management group monetize carbon offsets.

Represented Carbon Black facility in the designation process for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for So2.

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Successfully represented the Small Retailers Coalition in the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia in a challenge to the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Represented Bank of America in assisting a large forest management group monetize carbon offsets.

Represented Carbon Black facility in the designation process for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for So2.

Defeated class action bid for AT&T in a suit in federal court in Houston brought by property owners alleging that AT&T telephone cable buried underneath their properties — pursuant to easements that had been granted to AT&T in the 1950s — were contaminating their properties.

Matters

Successfully represented the Small Retailers Coalition in the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia in a challenge to the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Represented Bank of America in assisting a large forest management group monetize carbon offsets.

Represented Carbon Black facility in the designation process for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for So2.

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Matters

Successfully represented the Small Retailers Coalition in the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia in a challenge to the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Represented Bank of America in assisting a large forest management group monetize carbon offsets.

Represented Carbon Black facility in the designation process for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for So2.

Defeated class action bid for AT&T in a suit in federal court in Houston brought by property owners alleging that AT&T telephone cable buried underneath their properties — pursuant to easements that had been granted to AT&T in the 1950s — were contaminating their properties.

Credentials

J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law

B.A., Trinity University

New York

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Intern, Michael H. Dollinger, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Intern, Reena Raggi, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Advisory Board, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas

Advocacy for people with cognitive disabilities

Chair, American Ireland Fund, Emerald Ball, 2014

Girl Scout leader for more than 10 years

Member Angels of Charity, Catholic Charities of Dallas

Pro-bono Representation for San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA)

Texas Horse Park Foundation Board – Board Member 2015-2019

Ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Environment, Texas


2020-2021

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law


2021

Recognized in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 for Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers


2021

Recognized by San Antonio Scene for Best San Antonio Female Lawyers


2021

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Recognition

Ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Environment, Texas


2020-2021

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law


2021

Recognized in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 for Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers


2021

Recognized by San Antonio Scene for Best San Antonio Female Lawyers


2021