Carie Goodman McKinney


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Education and Clerkships

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1987, Note Editor, Cornell Law Review

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1984

B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1978





Carie Goodman McKinney is licensed in both Texas and California and concentrates her practice in the regulatory and transactional areas of Environmental Law. Her practice includes compliance counseling and representing clients in permitting and regulatory enforcement actions related to federal and state regulation of solid and hazardous waste, Superfund negotiations, water and waste discharges, and federal regulations related to toxic chemicals. Working closely with environmental consultants, Carie assists clients with compliance auditing and with remediation of contaminated property under the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program and Superfund. Carie also counsels clients on environmental aspects of real estate, corporate, bankruptcy and other transactions, including environmental due diligence, contract negotiations, and restructuring or liquidation in bankruptcy.

Prior to going to law school, Carie was as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She first worked in Region 6 with municipal and industrial waste water permitting and enforcement. Subsequently, she worked at the EPA's National Enforcement Investigation Center in Denver, Colorado, where she managed enforcement investigations in support of both civil and criminal air and hazardous waste enforcement cases.

Carie was recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Environmental Law, 2009-2012.

Client Focus

Haynes and Boone Team Successfully Sells Prison Investment

Haynes and Boone Team Successfully Sells Prison Investment

A large interdepartmental Haynes and Boone team achieved an extraordinary result in a unique transactional matter that started with a prison riot in a private prison in Willacy County, Texas, in February of 2015.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association (Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Section)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar
  • California State Bar (Environmental Law Section)

Selected Client Representations

Carie has recently represented:

  • A chemical manufacturing facility in a TSCA enforcement action brought by EPA Region 6.
  • A chemical manufacturing company regarding TSCA compliance related to the R&D exemption and health effects reporting.
  • A major manufacturing company in an enforcement action brought by EPA Region 6 involving waste imported from South America.
  • The owner of a waste treatment facility in a Clean Water Act criminal enforcement action in federal District Court.
  • A variety of clients in remediating contaminated property under the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • Multiple clients in negotiating settlements at Superfund sites.
  • A manufacturing company conducting an environmental audit under the Texas  Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act.
  • Regulated industries in permit and enforcement proceedings before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • A capital investment firm in reorganization and liquidation of companies coming through bankruptcy.
  • Power companies in due diligence and permitting related to construction of new power plants.

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