Bryan helps industrial, commercial, and oil and gas industry clients navigate and resolve contested environmental permitting proceedings, compliance audits, enforcement actions, and litigation so they can construct, operate, and expand their facilities.
Whether in the substantive area of waste, water, or air regulation, Bryan provides comprehensive representation and strategic counseling from the agency permitting process to the administrative hearing and, ultimately, before the court to which an appeal may be taken. Bryan represents clients in matters arising under nearly every major federal and Texas environmental program in state and federal courts, as well as before agencies including the U.S. EPA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Railroad Commission of Texas. He chairs the firm’s Waste Management and Recycling groups.
Bryan’s litigation successes include:
- Securing a ruling from the Texas Third Court of Appeals, upholding a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for a power plant facility. The case was one of first impression in Texas concerning the requirements for “cooling water intake structures” for existing power plants.
- In three separate appellate cases, securing rulings from the Texas Third Court of Appeals and Seventh Court of Appeals upholding permits authorizing the expansions of three Central Texas municipal solid waste landfill facilities. These expansions provide much needed waste disposal capacity for the rapidly growing Central Texas area.
- University of Alabama (B.A., magna cum laude, 1997)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Tulane University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
- Certificate in Environmental Law
- Order of the Coif
- Phi Delta Phi
- Editor in Chief, Tulane Environmental Law Journal
- Haber Joseph McCarthy Environmental Law Award
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Austin Bar Association
- Air and Waste Management Association
Honors & Awards
Bryan is recognized in the 2011-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in environmental law.
He was elected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of environmental law, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2016-17 “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin Environmental Law, having previously received this recognition in 2014-2015.
“Emerging Contaminants: A Primer for EHS Professionals,” 31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar, June 5, 2018
“New Frontiers in Chemicals Liability: Litigation Risk from Emerging Contaminants,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Chemicals in the Americas Conference, November 30, 2017 (co-presenter with Bina Reddy and Judi Durda)
“What In-House Counsel Need to Know Now About Recent U.S. RCRA Developments,” Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Quick Hit Webinar, September 14, 2017
“RCRA Update: Hazardous Waste Generator and Export/Import Rule Revisions,” 30th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar, June 6, 2017
“Environmental Litigation: Staying Ahead of the Plaintiffs’ Bar and Citizen Groups,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Texas Environmental Law Roundtable, November 10, 2016 (co-presenter with Bina Reddy)
“CCR Enforcement and Regulatory Issues Affecting Ash Fills and Basins,” Ecology and Environment, Inc., Coal Ash Beneficial Use Symposium, September 13, 2016
“EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Rule: An Overview of the Rule with a Focus on Implementation & Enforcement,” Texas Environmental Superconference, August 6, 2015
“The Definition of Solid Waste & the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule,” The Auditing Roundtable, South Central Regional Meeting, August 5, 2015
“Litigating Your Cases: Corporate Representative Depositions and Developments in Contested Case Hearings,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Texas Environmental Law Roundtable, June 4, 2015 (co-presenter with Edward Grauman)
“EPA’s New Coal Combustion Residuals Rule: Implications for Future Litigation, Landfills and Impoundments, and Beneficial Use,” Gulf Coast Power Association, March 26, 2015
“Coal Combustion Residuals and New Regulation by EPA: Implications for Future Litigation, Landfills and Impoundments, and Beneficial Use,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, February 11, 2015 (co-presenter with Pamela Marks and Don Patterson)
“Crisis Management Part I – Response,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Texas Environmental Law Roundtable, April 10, 2014 (moderator)
“Fracking and the Environment: What Corporate Counsel From Energy and Non-Energy Sector Companies Need to Know,” Association of Corporate Counsel’s Annual Meeting, October 28, 2013 (panelist)
“It’s the Will to Prepare to Win that Matters: Contested Cases & Appeals,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Texas Environmental Law Roundtable, June 6, 2013
“EPA’s Use of Administrative Compliance Orders Post-Sackett,” Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Quick Hit Webinar, October 11, 2012
“Hot Off the Press: Legislative & Contested Case Developments,” Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Texas Environmental Law Roundtable, October 5, 2011
“Environmental Considerations in the Acquisition and Operation of Oil and Gas Properties,” Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Foundation, Continuing Legal Education Course, 2007 - 2009
“EPA’s March 2007 Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste,” Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, May 17, 2007