Matt Paulson is managing partner of Katten's Austin office, head of Katten's Environmental Aspects of Energy Production practice, and co-chair of the Katten Environmental Advisory Group. He represents companies and trade organizations in the areas of environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, investigations, enforcement, litigation and crisis response. He counsels clients on issues under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, among other federal and state environmental laws, and has broad experience in the areas of Superfund and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act liability.
Matt practices before the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, among other federal and state agencies, on environmental issues. He represents clients in complex matters before state and federal courts.
Clients describe Matt as "extremely efficient, capable and reliable" and "insightful and very good analytically" (Chambers USA). He regularly advises clients at the early project planning stages, assisting with scoping a broad array of regulatory and permitting requirements across all media and disciplines, from environmental and safety, to US Coast Guard and US Department of Transportation requirements, to land use, local registration and licensing obligations, and other federal, state and local requirements that can affect project timing and viability.
Matt co-chairs the Katten Environmental Advisory Group. The group covers key developments in the following eight substantive areas: air; water; waste and remediation; climate change; release reporting; species and resources; emergency response, investigations and compliance; and environmental litigation and enforcement. He is "very well informed and up on the issues" (Chambers USA).
Matt also counsels clients on crisis management and prevention, including conducting internal investigations associated with allegations of criminal and civil wrongdoing, helping clients develop risk management plans and prepare for inspections and searches and coordinating responses to government investigations in the immediate aftermath of major incidents.
Shown below is a selection of Matt’s engagements.