Jim Smith Joins Crain Caton & James

I am pleased to announce that as of February 1, 2018, I am a shareholder at Crain Caton & James, P.C.  I am especially excited to join with Robert E. “Robin” Morse, Kelly D. Brown, and Cory R. Thornton; together, we bring over 100 years of environmental law experience.  More about them, below.

My new contact information:
Crain Caton & James P.C.
1401 McKinney St., Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77010
713.752.8620 Direct
713.658.2323 Main
jsmith@craincaton.com

Kelly D. Brown P.E., Shareholder
Kelly Brown has practiced Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) law since 1991.   Kelly’s legal practice is a broad-based one as he handles EHS-related litigation, transactional matters, remediation projects, and compliance counseling. He defends corporate clients in various personal injury and toxic tort lawsuits and administrative proceedings brought by governmental agencies and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental cost recovery litigation and property damage lawsuits.  Kelly works with the firm’s corporate and real estate attorneys to allocate risk in various mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions.

Robert E. (Robin) Morse III, Shareholder & Mediator
Robin Morse has over forty years of experience in commercial litigation and environmental law.  He assists clients on regulatory and transactional matters, representing them in the courtroom, and in administrative proceedings, from inception through trial and appeal.  While environmental law and regulations continue to expand, Robin’s deep experience guides clients through the various forums, and before the various governmental bodies.  From Superfund and Brownfield property redevelopment to toxic tort cases, Robin deals with the full gamut of environmental law issues.

Cory R. Thornton, Senior Associate
His practice focuses on various areas of environmental, health and safety law, including litigation, permitting, regulatory compliance, and real estate counseling.  He routinely deals with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other regulatory agencies, assisting clients with air, waste, and water permitting and compliance matters.   He also represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings, involving such issues as violations of state and federal law, cost recovery actions under Superfund laws, and tort claims for property damage and personal injury.

About Crain Caton & James
Crain Caton & James provides legal counseling and client-focused solutions locally and around the world.  Our attorneys are recognized for their contributions to the legal community, their practical expertise, and their legal scholarship by contributing to standard legal texts and presenting papers and speeches to lay and legal audiences.
The firm is over 105 years old and was started by a self-taught lawyer, Thomas M. Kennerly, in 1912.  Most of our clients are referrals from other clients, large organizations or other law firms.  While we began as an energy and real estate firm, practice areas have grown to also include environmental, health and safety, banking, trusts & estates, commercial litigation and mediation, fiduciary litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy and corporate.

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