Environmental Law


McAfee & Taft’s Environmental Practice is an excellent resource for all facets of environmental law that arise in the normal course of business and corporate transactions of all kinds. The firm’s lawyers include recognized experts in the field that draw on prior careers in the fields of regulation and policy development, industrial permitting and compliance, and environmental remediation. McAfee & Taft’s expertise has proven especially adaptable to recent developments in environmental and energy law, including regulation of nanotechnology manufacturing, and the profound impacts of greenhouse gas emission regulation, including uncertainty in future power infrastructure and water resources, as they effect current business models.

Representative Experience

  • Provides counsel to clients subject to regulation regarding emissions of air pollutants including greenhouse gases, solid and hazardous waste management, water/stormwater discharges, wetlands development and NEPA.
  • Representation of parties to environmental real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions.
  • Representation of affected parties in state and federal enforcement actions, rulemaking, and adjudicatory proceedings pursuant to state and federal air, hazardous waste, solid waste, water/stormwater, emergency planning, underground and above ground storage tank, wetlands, risk-based environmental remediation, groundwater and surface water use, mining, and worker safety regulatory programs.

Representative Clients

  • Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities
  • Metal fabrication and coatings facilities
  • Weapons destruction contractors for the Department of the Army
  • Ethanol manufacturing plants
  • Oil and natural gas exploration and production
  • Oil and natural gas processing
  • Oil field services facilities
  • Construction sites
  • Concentrated animal feeding operations
  • Hazardous waste fuel waste blenders
  • Hazardous waste combusting cement kilns and incinerators
  • Oil and other hazardous material recyclers
  • Solid waste landfills
  • Power plants
  • Steel mills
  • Petroleum marketers, distributors and bulk storage plants
  • Developers of contaminated property under voluntary cleanup
    regulations and Brownfields
  • PRP entities for Superfund sites (remediation plan development
    and liability allocation)
  • Automobile, pulp and paper, specialty chemical,
    pharmaceutical, pesticide, fertilizer and nanotechnology manufacturers
  • Wood treaters
  • Metal, solid waste, and chemical recycling facilities
  • Quarry operations and gravel mills
  • Demolition contractors
  • Hospitals
  • Bakeries
  • Real estate developments
  • Convenience stores
  • Underground and above ground storage tank owners and operators
  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Waste tire recyclers

Environmental Law Team

Vickie J. Buchanan

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader, Industry Group Leader

(405) 552-2331

Thomas P. Goresen Jr.


(405) 552-2279

J. Derek Hardberger

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader

(405) 552-2327

Robert J. Joyce


(918) 574-3040

Garry L. Keele, II


(918) 574-3037

Jennie M. Mook


(405) 270-6087

Ross Plourde


(405) 552-2277

Jennifer B. Puckett


(405) 270-6069

Jeff L. Todd

Of Counsel

(405) 552-2269

J. Todd Woolery

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader, Industry Group Leader

(405) 552-2333


Annette Strother


(405) 228-7631