Laura L. Whiting

Partner

Overview

Over her 30-year legal career, Laura Whiting has enjoyed navigating the complex interface of business, industry, and natural resources for a wide range of enterprises. Laura is a partner in Foley Gardere’s Environmental Practice Group, where she advises clients on all aspects of environmental regulatory compliance and permitting for heavily regulated industries, oil and gas producers, as well as real estate developments. Her practice covers state and federal enforcement, and compliance counseling under the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Laura has extensive experience handling incident investigations, regulatory advocacy, and product stewardship requirements, as well as strategies for conducting thorough due diligence, cost-effective remediation and cost recovery.

Laura is committed to achieving her clients goals through leadership, teamwork, advocacy, and precise documentation, particularly in the environmental and process safety areas for chemical manufacturing, oil and gas production, pipeline, airline, and real estate clients. She is a trusted advisor, who is adept at communicating effectively at all levels of the client organization and with outside stakeholders.  Her practice is increasingly focused on helping clients navigate the complex new world of ESG and climate risk disclosure.

Prior to joining the firm, Laura held the position of senior counsel at Occidental Chemical Corporation for 11 years, where she was the primary counsel responsible for environmental, health, process safety, product stewardship, quality assurance, and security functions (HESS), as well as transactional risk management. Additionally, along with prior law firm experience, Laura served for four years as an assistant regional counsel/enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 in Dallas, specializing in hazardous waste and multi-media enforcement.

Laura has held leadership positions in several professional and civic organizations, including the City of Dallas’ Environmental Health Commission. She has served for over 20 years on the state boards and advisory committees of the Dixon Water Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, 1988
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Former In-house Counsel Committee, Environment, Energy & Resources Section (2015)
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
    • Former Executive Committee member, Environmental Law Section (2002-2005)
  • Former co-chair and member, Dallas Environmental Committee, Texas Association of Business (2002-2004)
  • Former chair and member, Environmental Health Commission, City of Dallas (1998-2003)
  • Former member, Environmental Task Force, Dallas Chamber of Commerce (1999)

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Dixon Water Foundation (2005 - Present)
  • State Board and Dallas Advisory Board member, Nature Conservancy of Texas (2002 - Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “ESG Disclosure: Transparency, Transformation, and Risk,” Dallas Bar Association, Environmental Law Section (Aug. 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Environmental, Social and Governance ('ESG') Reporting - Legal Risk," 31st Annual Texas Environmental Super-Conference, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas (Aug. 2, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Sustained Risk: Lingering Liabilities in the Age of Reuse,” CHWMEG, Inc. 2019 Annual Meeting (May 1, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Medicine or Hazardous Waste? EPA's New Rule for Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals," Webinar (April 16, 2019)
  • Speaker, "ESG in the Boardroom," Panel Moderator, NDI Executive Exchange (Oct. 25, 2018)
  • Speaker, "International Law on Climate Change and Its Impact on the Global Economy," 30th Annual International Law Institute, State Bar of Texas (April 6, 2019)
  • Speaker, "U.S. Administrative Law of Offshore Exploration and Production," University of Texas at Austin - Petroleum Extension (Oct. 24, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Energy for Change Regulatory Reform and the Environment in the First 63 Days," Association of Corporate Counsel Houston - Energy Practice Group (March 23, 2017)
  • Guest lecturer, "The Client is Always Right - Except When He's Wrong..." & Practice Foundations, University of North Texas Law School (Feb. 2017)

Publications

  • Co-author, "Oilfield Operators Take Note: EPA Hearing on Proposed Methane Rule that Would Relax Vapor Monitoring Deadlines and Streamline Your Bureaucratic Layers," Pratt's Energy Law Report, Vol. 19-5 (May 2019)
  • Co-author, "U.S. EPA Releases Long-Awaited PFAS Action Plan," Legal News: Environmental (Fed. 18, 2019)
  • Co-author, "Medication or Hazardous Waste? EPA Creates Significant New Requirements for Managing unused Pharmaceuticals," Health Care Law Today (Jan. 9, 2019)
  • Co-author, "Oilfield Operators Take Note: EPA is Poised to Relax Your Vapor Monitoring Deadlines and Streamline Your Bureaucratic Layers," Legal News: Environmental (Oct. 17, 2018)
  • Co-author, "U.S. EPA Expands Mobile Source Enforcement Initiative Targeting Operators of Heavy-Duty Trucking Fleets," Legal News: Environmental (June 21, 2018)

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (1988)
    • Research assistant for Professor Ernest Smith
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin (1984), with honors
    • International Business (Concentration in Economics)
    • Work study in France and Italy (1984-1985)

Admissions

  • Texas (1988)

Capabilities