As in nature, the ideal environment for business enterprises entails the balance of their operations and transactions with the laws and rules that govern them. Nowhere is this principle more relevant than in the field of environmental protection.
Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C. was established in 1991 with the mission of providing businesses and individuals with high quality legal services centered on environmental law. From the start, we have been dedicated to assisting clients balance their business and environmental goals. When necessary, that dedication includes protecting client rights in state and federal courts.
Our environmental lawyers provide services to clients in the planning, strategy-setting, and execution of their business objectives within the complex maze of environmental laws, including regulatory compliance counseling, deal structuring, transactional negotiations, and litigation.
The firm has extensive experience with environmental law that ranges from current issues such as sustainability, climate change, brownfield redevelopment, indoor air quality, and soil and groundwater contamination lawsuits to more traditional fields such as air and water (including storm water) pollution control, waste management, and permitting.
In all cases, it remains our goal to protect our clients' rights and help our clients attain a healthy balance between the laws of nature, the laws of the marketplace, and the laws of government.
We offer legal services dealing with the environmental aspects of:
Our firm provides legal representation and services to business clients and individuals who are involved with, impacted by, or dependent upon the environment. Our attorneys have a broad range of knowledge and experience dealing with environmental law and its application and interpretation under a wide diversity of circumstances. We also have the expertise to handle lawsuits that deal specifically with property contamination.
Our capabilities include experience in:
We pride ourselves on our unique dedication to our clients’ goals, and on rendering services in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Mr. Guida, the founding principal of the firm, has practiced environmental law since 1979. He has a diversified, national environmental law practice covering air and water quality control, solid and hazardous waste management issues, toxic substances, and state and federal Superfund (CERCLA) matters. He has represented clients in a vast array of industrial and commercial settings.
Mr. Slavich, a shareholder in the firm, has a diversified environmental law practice where he provides strategic advice to clients on a broad range of environmental issues, including the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate, and commercial transactions, remediation matters, brownfield redevelopment, risk management, compliance matters, and sustainability. He enjoys structuring deals that resolve issues at environmentally-impacted properties to get those properties back into productive use. His environmental practice is complemented by more than a decade of prior experience practicing corporate finance and commercial law.
Ms. Flores, a founding shareholder in the firm, has practiced exclusively environmental law since 1987. Ms. Flores has developed a diversified national environmental law practice covering air and water pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management issues. She routinely counsels and represents clients in a vast array of settings, including permitting, EPA and state regulatory enforcement actions, litigation, and has special focus on civil penalty analysis and reduction. Ms. Flores has extensive experience in environmental issues associated with construction, start-up, and operation of industrial facilities. She has defended numerous significant EPA enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program and General Duty Clause, RCRA, as well as EPA and citizen suit actions under the Clean Water Act. Ms. Flores regularly represents the petroleum refining industry and the construction industry in regulatory compliance and enforcement. Ms. Flores is past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, and past Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Environmental Law Sections.
Mr. Payne, a fifth generation Texan, is a shareholder in the firm and is the firm’s senior trial attorney. His practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on cases involving environmentally-impacted properties. Mr. Payne has been the lead attorney for plaintiffs and defendants in hundreds of lawsuits, and he has tried numerous jury, bench and administrative cases to verdict. Mr. Payne has been lead trial counsel in cases filed in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Wyoming, New York, Illinois, and California.
David E. Whitten, a shareholder in the firm, practices in the areas of environmental law, environmental litigation, environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and federal, state and local governmental affairs. Whitten previously served as counsel to the Chairman of the Water Resources Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He lobbied on behalf of a major chemical trade association during consideration of the enactment of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He was also Legislative Director and Counsel to then-Congressman Tom Vandergriff of Arlington.
Paul Seals, a shareholder in the firm, has over 35 years of experience in environmental regulatory matters. His practice includes environmental public law and policy, licensing and compliance matters. In addition to providing environmental counseling on numerous project development, liability and compliance issues, including environmental due diligence associated with corporate and real estate transactions, he has experience in both administrative and judicial litigation.
Mr. Ballard is experienced in a wide array of environmental compliance, remediation and permitting issues concerning air, water and solid and hazardous waste. Mr. Ballard regularly advises clients with respect to environmental issues associated with real estate and corporate transactions. Mr. Ballard also represents clients in environmental litigation matters involving claims for property damage and personal injury.
Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
5956 Sherry Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225
TEL – 214.692.0009
FAX – 214.692.6610
106 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
TEL – 512.476.6300
FAX – 512.476.6331
Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.