Constance Courtney Westfall

SERVICE AREAS

Energy Oil & Gas
Environmental

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1985, with honors
  1. Order of the Coif
  2. Texas Law Review, Research Editor
  3. Chancellors
  • The University of Texas, B.S.,1982, with highest honors

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

SUPPORT STAFF

Tracy Willis
Legal Administrative Assistant
T: 512.499.3668
E: tracy.willis@strasburger.com

SECONDARY OFFICE

909 Fannin Street, Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77010
Tel: 713.951.5600
Fax: 713.951.5660

Constance Courtney Westfall

Partner

720 Brazos Street
Suite 700
Austin, Texas 78701
T: 512.499.3616
F: 512.539.5724
E: connie.westfall@strasburger.com

    
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Connie Westfall concentrates her practice in the environmental area. She represents industrial and institutional clients on a wide range of environmental matters. She has advised clients on environmental issues arising from the acquisition/sale of business enterprises and improved and unimproved real property, including contracts, environmental site assessments and other environmental due diligence.

Connie has defended clients in administration enforcement actions before federal and state agencies involving the Toxic Substances Control Act, Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Texas Water Code. She has assisted companies in the development of their permitting strategies (including major petroleum refineries, steel manufacturing facilities, and a commercial hazardous waste facility), and represented companies with permitting issues before the federal and state agencies, including an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals.

Connie also has extensive experience in counseling industrial facilities on the investigation and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

Prior to joining Strasburger, Connie served as Judicial Clerk for Jerre S. Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1985-1986).

EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained 2/3rd reduction of penalty in federal hazardous waste enforcement action against commercial waste facility
  • Developed and implemented a strategy for a major oil company in connection with soil and groundwater contamination from historic refinery operations
  • Handled environmental aspects of major banking acquisitions
  • Obtained an acquittal within an hour in a federal criminal water and hazardous waste prosecution
  • Developed and implemented an RCRA audit program for a major oil company refinery
  • Obtained a receiver for a federal Superfund site, novel solution for obtaining access and cooperation from the owner/operator
  • Developed and implemented an multi-media audit program for a major daily newspaper
  • Defended multiple state and federal Superfund claims for potentially responsible parties from the transportation, recycling, aviation, construction, commercial waste and manufacturing industries.
  • Resolved comprehensive water and solid waste enforcement action brought against steel manufacturing facility
  • Lead counsel for Goodner Brothers in United States v. Goodner Brothers Aircraft , 966 F.2d 380 (8th Cir. 1992) where criminal convictions based on RCRA “mixture” and “derived from” rules were overturned
  • American Bar Association
  1. Member
  • State Bar of Texas
  1. Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Chair
  • Dallas Bar Association
  1. Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • U.S. Oil Recovery Federal Superfund Site Potentially Responsible Party Group
  1. Co-Chair
  • Air Quality Hot Topics: Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production, State Bar of Texas Conference (January 2014)
  • Moderator. Hydraulic Fracturing Panel, Texas Environmental Superconference (August 2012)
  • Hazardous Wastes/RCRA: What You Have to Do With Your Wastes, U.S. Environmental Laws & Regulations Compliance Course (1997)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes and Challenges to It: Examination of a RCRA and Clean Water Act Case, The Nuts and Bolts of Defending Environmental Crime Cases, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference (1996)
  • Clean Air Act Exercise, ABA Section of the Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Law Conference (1995)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes – Who Tests For What and How? The Use of Experts, The Nuts and Bolts of Defending an Environmental Criminal Case, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference (1994)
  • Chapter Author. Water Resource Jurisdiction – State and Federal Governmental Entities, Essentials of Texas Water Resources, TexasBarBooks (May 2016)
  • Co-author. Navigating Water Use and Pollution Laws: Leading Lawyers on Federal and State Regulations of Consumption and Contamination, Thomson Reuters (2014)
  • Co-author. Essentials of Texas Water Resources, State Bar of Texas-Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section (2014)
  • Co-author. Texas Environmental Laws, Thomson West Texas Practice Series (2014-2015)
  • Co-author. Environmental Compliance in the Oil Patch, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists Quarterly (November 2012)
  • The Long and Winding Road: The EPA’s Amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rules, Texas Bar Journal (May 2011)
  • Co-author. EPA and Range Resource May Decide Constitutionality of Penalities for Violations of Unilateral Administrative Orders, Strasburger Environmental Blog (April 2011)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law: Top 10 Developments in 2003, Texas Bar Journal (January 2004)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes. 9 Toxics Law Reporter 846 (1995)
  • Author. Joint and Several Liability: A New Day for Environmental Counsel, The Texas Lawyer (August 1995)
  • Co-author. What to Do When the Environmental Client Calls, ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (1994)

Connie Westfall concentrates her practice in the environmental area. She represents industrial and institutional clients on a wide range of environmental matters. She has advised clients on environmental issues arising from the acquisition/sale of business enterprises and improved and unimproved real property, including contracts, environmental site assessments and other environmental due diligence.

Connie has defended clients in administration enforcement actions before federal and state agencies involving the Toxic Substances Control Act, Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Texas Water Code. She has assisted companies in the development of their permitting strategies (including major petroleum refineries, steel manufacturing facilities, and a commercial hazardous waste facility), and represented companies with permitting issues before the federal and state agencies, including an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals.

Connie also has extensive experience in counseling industrial facilities on the investigation and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

Prior to joining Strasburger, Connie served as Judicial Clerk for Jerre S. Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1985-1986).

EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained 2/3rd reduction of penalty in federal hazardous waste enforcement action against commercial waste facility
  • Developed and implemented a strategy for a major oil company in connection with soil and groundwater contamination from historic refinery operations
  • Handled environmental aspects of major banking acquisitions
  • Obtained an acquittal within an hour in a federal criminal water and hazardous waste prosecution
  • Developed and implemented an RCRA audit program for a major oil company refinery
  • Obtained a receiver for a federal Superfund site, novel solution for obtaining access and cooperation from the owner/operator
  • Developed and implemented an multi-media audit program for a major daily newspaper
  • Defended multiple state and federal Superfund claims for potentially responsible parties from the transportation, recycling, aviation, construction, commercial waste and manufacturing industries.
  • Resolved comprehensive water and solid waste enforcement action brought against steel manufacturing facility
  • Lead counsel for Goodner Brothers in United States v. Goodner Brothers Aircraft , 966 F.2d 380 (8th Cir. 1992) where criminal convictions based on RCRA “mixture” and “derived from” rules were overturned

ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  1. Member
  • State Bar of Texas
  1. Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Chair
  • Dallas Bar Association
  1. Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  1. Fellow
  • U.S. Oil Recovery Federal Superfund Site Potentially Responsible Party Group
  1. Co-Chair

PRESENTATIONS

  • Air Quality Hot Topics: Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production, State Bar of Texas Conference (January 2014)
  • Moderator. Hydraulic Fracturing Panel, Texas Environmental Superconference (August 2012)
  • Hazardous Wastes/RCRA: What You Have to Do With Your Wastes, U.S. Environmental Laws & Regulations Compliance Course (1997)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes and Challenges to It: Examination of a RCRA and Clean Water Act Case, The Nuts and Bolts of Defending Environmental Crime Cases, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference (1996)
  • Clean Air Act Exercise, ABA Section of the Natural Resources, Energy, Environmental Law Conference (1995)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes – Who Tests For What and How? The Use of Experts, The Nuts and Bolts of Defending an Environmental Criminal Case, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference (1994)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Chapter Author. Water Resource Jurisdiction – State and Federal Governmental Entities, Essentials of Texas Water Resources, TexasBarBooks (May 2016)
  • Co-author. Navigating Water Use and Pollution Laws: Leading Lawyers on Federal and State Regulations of Consumption and Contamination, Thomson Reuters (2014)
  • Co-author. Essentials of Texas Water Resources, State Bar of Texas-Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section (2014)
  • Co-author. Texas Environmental Laws, Thomson West Texas Practice Series (2014-2015)
  • Co-author. Environmental Compliance in the Oil Patch, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists Quarterly (November 2012)
  • The Long and Winding Road: The EPA’s Amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rules, Texas Bar Journal (May 2011)
  • Co-author. EPA and Range Resource May Decide Constitutionality of Penalities for Violations of Unilateral Administrative Orders, Strasburger Environmental Blog (April 2011)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law: Top 10 Developments in 2003, Texas Bar Journal (January 2004)
  • The Science of Environmental Crimes. 9 Toxics Law Reporter 846 (1995)
  • Author. Joint and Several Liability: A New Day for Environmental Counsel, The Texas Lawyer (August 1995)
  • Co-author. What to Do When the Environmental Client Calls, ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (1994)

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