HEATHER PALMER has extensive experience in energy-related environmental issues. She advises energy, petrochemical and pipeline companies and clients in the power and utility sector on environmental compliance and the allocation of environmental liabilities in mergers and acquisitions.
Heather’s practice focuses on environmental law, advising clients on regulatory requirements, assisting them in the evaluation and negotiation of corporate and real estate transactions and representing them in environmental enforcement matters. Her industry experience includes onshore and offshore oil and gas regulation, solid and hazardous waste, oil and gas waste, coal combustion residuals (coal ash), environmental remediation, water quality, water rights, wetlands, endangered species, Superfund litigation and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. She plays a major role in advising clients on the environmental issues surrounding shale play development, hydraulic fracturing and the permitting, construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) import/export facilities in the U.S.
Heather has been acknowledged in numerous industry publications. She was featured in Chambers USA for Texas Environment (2006–2012, 2016–2017). The Legal 500 United States recognized her for Energy: Transactional (2015–2016) and Environment: Litigation (2014) and in Best Lawyers for Environmental Law (2009–2018). She was featured in Texas Super Lawyers (2010–2015) and named a Rising Star (2006–2008). Heather was recognized as a leading lawyer by Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in the United States (2010–2011). She was named a Houston Top Lawyer by H Texas in 2007.
Admissions & Certifications
- Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1994
- Rhodes College, B.A., 1991 (cum laude)