Mark L. Farley is managing partner of Katten's Houston office, co-head of the Environmental practice and head of the Workplace Safety practice. He advises clients on a wide range of environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues, and focuses on internal investigations and crisis response. Mark routinely counsels companies in connection with major industrial accidents, whistleblowers, process safety incidents and workplace fatalities. He served in lead attorney roles for the most significant refinery accidents in the United States in the last 20 years.
Mark has helped clients respond to investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state regulatory agencies. He was one of the lead partners supporting the work of the BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel, which investigated the corporate safety culture and oversight at BP's North American refineries on behalf of an independent panel of experts chaired by former US Secretary of State James A. Baker III.
A significant part of Mark’s practice involves counseling companies on EHS culture and the management of process safety. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident, he advises energy companies with upstream operations on emerging regulatory requirements and systems for overseeing EHS performance.
Mark has also worked as in-house environmental counsel for a chemical manufacturer and for a major transportation company, serving as its legal representative on crisis response teams.