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Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law, 1994, Natural Resource Law Reporter, Editor, 1993-1994

B.A., Trinity University, 1990

  • Intern to Reena Raggi, Eastern District of New York, Spring 1994
  • Intern to Michael H. Dollinger, Southern District of New York, Spring 1994

Admissions

Texas

New York

Court Admissions

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

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

Profile

For more than 20 years, Suzanne Murray has enjoyed the practice of environmental law in the public and private sectors. She is a strategic thinker committed to achieving results who has experience as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, as an in-house counsel and in large law firms in Texas and New York. Through this practice, Suzanne has proven results in all major areas of environmental law, and has built strong and productive relationships with State and Federal partners, the regulated community, environmental advocacy groups and communities which benefit her clients and help them achieve win-win outcomes in complex, multi-faceted environmental resolutions.

Suzanne draws on this real world experience to help clients achieve their objectives in acquisitions, rule challenges, government investigations, permitting, defense of enforcement actions, crisis management and emergency response, compliance audits, fuels, climate regulation and carbon trading matters. She currently represents many Fortune 50, mid-cap and small companies in the energy, industrial, finance, real estate, agricultural and retail sectors.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Suzanne served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was the Regional Counsel for Region 6 from 2008 to 2015. As Regional Counsel she was the general counsel for the EPA Region responsible for all regulatory and enforcement matters in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This universe includes 75 percent of the Petrochemical production in the nation, 50 percent of the refinery capacity, 58 percent of the oil production, 68 percent of natural gas production, 60 percent of the country’s hazardous waste and the country’s largest beef and poultry-producing states. During her time at the EPA, Suzanne was awarded several commendations for “Outstanding Performance” by the EPA and DOJ. Under her leadership, her office also constantly produced 20 percent of the Nation’s environmental results with only 8 percent of the national resources.

As a result, Suzanne had a seat at the table for policy and enforcement matters in every major environmental issue over the last 10 years, including the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the US Rule, Regional Haze and the EPA National Enforcement Priorities. She has substantive experience in all federal environmental statutes, particularly the CAA, CWA, RCRA, CERCLA, OPA, TSCA, NEPA and FIFRA. Suzanne personally negotiated more than 50 judicial and administrative cases as counsel for EPA and as special counsel for DOJ, including several global settlements under the refinery initiative. She drafted and negotiated NOVs and FOVs and administrative and judicial complaints, consent decrees and consent orders. She was responsible for referring cases to DOJ and has a deep understanding of the law and process for both civil and criminal matters.

In this capacity she represented EPA in high profile matters such as the “Deepwater Horizon” response, Hurricane Katrina response and EPA’s enforcement of all national enforcement priorities, including Next Generations Enforcement, the Refinery Initiative, the Power Plant Initiative, Energy Extraction, Hazardous Waste Enforcement including Mineral Processing, Clean Water Act, including drinking water, NPDES and OPA programs, and Clean Air Act initiatives involving NSR, Title V and Air Toxics. Most of these major cases involved multi-year litigations and negotiations.

On the counseling side, she has a comprehensive understanding of Title V permitting requirements, deviation reporting, the development of compliance plans and Title V objections and permit challenges. She also has a first-hand understanding of the reporting requirements for excess emissions and emergency response. She supervised the issuance of GHG permits in the state of Texas and successfully defended two challenges to GHG permits at the EAB. She also has experience in all aspects of water permitting, underground injection, RCRA permitting and cost recovery, removal and remedial actions under Superfund laws and re-development under federal and state Brownfields programs and state and federal audit policies.

Suzanne also serves on the advisory board for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas.

Environmental

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Contribute to Sixth Edition of Texas Environmental Law Treatise

Six Haynes and Boone updated chapters in the recently released 2016-2017 edition of the Texas Environmental Law treatise published by Thomson Reuters as Volumes 45 and 46 of its Texas Practice Series.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Texas Horse Park Foundation Board – Board Member
  • Chair, American Ireland Fund, Emerald Ball, 2014
  • Girl Scout leader for more than 10 years
  • Advocacy for people with cognitive disabilities
  • Member Angels of Charity, Catholic Charities of Dallas
  • Advisory Board, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas

Honors

2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone Named on the 2017 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News

Haynes and Boone again has been featured in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey in both metropolitan and national rankings for 2017.


Published by U.S. News Media Group in 2016

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Facilitating Resolution of Environmental Disputes Associated with Development,” co-moderator, 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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