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, and workplace safety regulatory compliance, investigations, enforcement and litigation. 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 Occupational Safety and Health Act 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, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the US Chemical Safety Board and the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, among other state and federal agencies, on environmental and workplace safety issues. He represents clients in complex matters before state and federal courts.
Working closely with state and national trade associations, Matt advises clients on legislation, litigation, permitting and regulation affecting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Following the development of a GHG permitting program at EPA Region 6 in Texas, Matt has represented multiple permit applicants seeking to authorize GHG emission sources. He assists clients in every aspect of the process, from pre-application counseling and application development, to best available control technology analyses and cross-cutting issues such as the development of biological assessments under the Endangered Species Act and cultural resource requirements.
Before permitting, comes project scoping. Matt 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, an issues and discussion forum designed for in-house environmental professionals and counsel at member companies. 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. 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.