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Katie Bennett Hobson

Austin Office

Catherine "Katie" Bennett Hobson advises clients on environmental issues, focusing on environmental regulatory matters with an emphasis on compliance obligations under federal and state air quality, water quality and waste rules. She also counsels clients on workplace safety and health matters, particularly where workplace safety issues and environmental issues intersect. Her representation includes a broad range of environmental permitting, compliance, transactional and litigation matters. 

Prior to joining Katten, Katie served as a law clerk for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Office of Legal Services in both the Litigation Division and the Environmental Law Division. She also worked for an environmental and energy firm in Austin, Texas, focusing on state environmental permitting and oil and gas issues. Additionally, Katie interned with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Office of Public Interest Counsel as well as with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

In 2012, Katie received the Jimmy Alan Hall Student Note Award for her note on Texas groundwater legislation. She is a frequent contributor to the Katten Environmental Advisory Group and Katten Safety Advisory Group.

Shown below is a selection of Katie’s engagements.

  • Representation of a municipal utility district in successfully negotiating settlement of administrative proceedings, involving a contested case hearing, on an application for a municipal wastewater discharge permit.
  • Regulatory compliance counsel for major chemical and midstream energy companies, including refineries, chemical manufacturers, and gas plants and terminals, regarding air, water and waste rules, workplace safety rules, environmental permitting matters, and environmental due diligence on potential transactions.
  • Representation of energy companies in an assessment of the scope of environmental remediation associated with the potential acquisition of real property with soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Representation of major chemical company in settling federal Superfund litigation involving a former barge-cleaning facility.
  • Representation of integrated energy companies and industry groups in process safety and environmental regulatory rulemakings by federal and state agencies.
  • Representation of applicants for a water quality discharge permit for a residential housing development in an administrative contested case that was referred by the TCEQ to SOAH for a hearing. The matter settled, but not before applicants prepared and filed full, direct pre-filed written testimony in the case. After settlement, SOAH referred the case back to TCEQ for approval of the application and issuance of the permit.
  • Pro bono representation of an individual before the Social Security Administration (SSA) in an overpayment case, successfully reinstating social security income benefits after demonstrating the SSA’s miscalculation of assets.
  • Representation of companies in citation actions by federal and state occupational, safety and health agencies.
  • Representation of a pipeline company in relation to potential EPA enforcement actions and involving consideration of jurisdiction issues under the Waters of the US Rule and prior law and guidance.
  • Representation of a recycled crushed concrete supplier and demolition contractor in an administrative contested case hearing on an application for a concrete batch plant standard permit under the Texas Clean Air Act.
  • Representation of a major oil company regarding RMP and PSM applicability and compliance issues at a refinery.
  • Representation of an industry trade association for US chemical companies on developing materials related to the myriad permitting requirements necessary to authorize the construction and operation of new chemical plants in the United States for use in legislative advocacy before Congress regarding a pending bill to expedite the environmental permitting process.
  • Pro bono representation of an individual in a tax fraud and identity theft case before the Western District of Texas resulting in imposition of a significantly lower sentence than the recommended US Sentencing Guideline range.
August 19, 2013
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