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.
Selected Publications and Speeches
- “Texas Environmental Law,” co-author, Volumes 45-46, Thomson Reuters, 2017 and 2018.
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.
- American Bar Association (Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Section)
- State Bar of Texas
- Travis County Bar
- California State Bar (Environmental Law Section)
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
Nine Haynes and Boone, LLP 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. This comprehensive two-volume project comprising almost 2,000 pages, contains contributions from about 50 members of the State Bar of Texas Envi [...]