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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



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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


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. 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Environment, Texas, 2020-2021
  • Recognized The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Environmental Law, 2021
  • Recognized in the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers listing, Lawdragon Inc., 2021
  • Recognized by San Antonio Scene in Best San Antonio Female Lawyers, Scene Monthly LLC, 2021

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Contribute to Texas Environmental Law Treatise

Nine Haynes and Boone lawyers led by Austin Senior Counsel Jeff Civins updated chapters in the recently released 2017-2018 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


Best Law Firms

Haynes and Boone Makes U.S. News 2018 “Best Law Firms” Listing

Haynes and Boone again has been featured in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, with national rankings in 34 practice areas and regional rankings in 88 practice areas for the 2018 edition.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “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,” 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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