Fact Sheet

A Balanced Approach

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.

Areas of Focus

We offer legal services dealing with the environmental aspects of:

Industries Served

  • Aerospace
  • Alternative Energy
  • Ceramic Tile Manufacturing
  • Chemical
  • Chemical Distribution
  • Commercial/Residential Property Owners
  • Compressed Gases
  • Concrete Products
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Electric Power
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Explosives Manufacturing
  • Fertilizer Production
  • Foundries
  • Insurance
  • Investment and Commercial Banking
  • Materials and Used Oil Recycling
  • Metal Fabrication and Plating
  • Oil and Gas
  • Paint Manufacturing
  • Pesticide Formulation
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Pipelines
  • Plastic Sealant Manufacturing
  • Printing And Graphic Arts
  • Property Managers
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Real Estate Investment and Development
  • Remedial Contracting
  • Wood Product Manufacturing

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:

  • Environmental litigation
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund)
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act
  • Other federal, state and local environmental, health and safety programs.
  • State common law relevant to environmental damage and remediation.

We pride ourselves on our unique dedication to our clients’ goals, and on rendering services in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Attorney Profiles

  • Joseph F. Guida, Managing Shareholder

    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.

  • John Slavich, Shareholder

    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.

  • Jean M. Flores, Shareholder

    Ms. Flores, a shareholder in the firm, has practiced environmental law since 1987. Her broad range of experience in the field includes solid and hazardous waste management issues, Clean Water Act issues, Clean Air Act issues, Superfund (CERCLA) defense and liability issues, and pollution control regulation. Ms. Flores routinely advises clients on compliance, enforcement and permitting issues, and represents clients in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State environmental agency enforcement actions. She also has extensive experience in the environmental issues associated with real estate and other commercial transactions, construction and development.

  • Howard L. Gilberg, Shareholder

    Mr. Gilberg, a shareholder in the firm, has been practicing environmental law since 1981, concentrating in air quality and hazardous waste-related issues affecting manufacturing industries and economic development interests. Mr. Gilberg regularly handles complex and contested air, water, stormwater and waste-related permitting issues, surface and subsurface contamination problems, and regulatory enforcement actions. A significant part of his practice also includes strategic environmental counseling and risk management in the purchase and sale of business interests and real estate. Ambient and indoor air quality, water quality and availability, toxic substances, and matters involving the Texas State Department of Health Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also an important part of his practice.

  • James D. Payne, Shareholder

    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, Shareholder

    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.

  • Tonya L. Meier, Shareholder

    Tonya L. Meier, a shareholder in the firm, has practiced civil litigation since 1996. Ms. Meier's practice is focused on commercial litigation on the behalf of businesses in the areas of contract disputes, environmental issues, fraud, employment, and DTPA violations. Ms. Meier has maintained an active trial practice in both State and Federal Court.

  • Carrick Brooke-Davidson, Shareholder

    Mr. Brooke-Davidson is a shareholder in the firm’s Austin, Texas office. He has practiced environmental law since 1985, when he received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. His practice has included all facets of environmental law: he has experience with all the significant federal environmental laws and their Texas counterparts; his practice has involved litigation, arbitration, enforcement, permitting, transactions, and counseling; he has worked with various industries including chemicals, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and real estate; and he has practiced in government as well as in private firms.

  • Paul Seals, Shareholder

    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.

  • Patricia Finn Braddock, Shareholder

    Ms. Braddock is a shareholder in the firm. Her practice focuses on permitting and enforcement matters before federal and state regulatory agencies, and associated litigation, in all environmental media, but primarily in the field of air pollution control.

  • Michael R. Goldman, Shareholder

    Mr. Goldman, a shareholder in the firm, has focused his practice on environmental litigation. He represents public and private clients in cases arising under the federal, state, and local environmental laws. Mr. Goldman has successfully represented clients in cost recovery and contribution actions and negotiated settlements in complex hazardous waste cleanup matters. He has also represented clients in commercial litigation as well as insurance defense matters. Mr. Goldman has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in many diversified areas, including:

  • Kyle Ballard, Of Counsel

    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.

  • Sally A. Longroy, Of Counsel

    Ms. Longroy, Of Counsel to the firm, offers legal advice to clients on a wide variety of environmental matters involving an array of federal, state, and municipal regulatory programs, often related to commercial real estate, corporate, or capital transactions. She helps clients effectively manage environmental risks, address environmental contamination, and comply with environmental laws. Ms. Longroy has extensive experience in dealing with solid and hazardous waste, hazardous substances, water, and pesticide issues. She also defends enforcement actions brought by the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, typically in the administrative context. In addition, she often provides substantive advice in federal and state environmental litigation, including toxic tort, cost-recovery actions, citizen suits, and environmental insurance defense. Prior to commencing her law practice, Ms. Longroy was first an analytical chemist then gained extensive regulatory experience with laws governing the registration and manufacturing of pesticides and animal drugs.

  • John Dugdale, Of Counsel

    Mr. Dugdale, Of Counsel to the firm, has comprehensive experience handling all aspects of environmental remedial and regulatory compliance issues, including the formulation and implementation of strategies relating to permitting and compliance oversight of regulated facilities, the defense of permit challenges, and the negotiation and oversight of corrective action and voluntary clean-up projects. His Superfund practice includes work on all aspects of simple and complex Superfund emergency response and remediation sites, cost recovery and contribution matters, and the negotiation and resolution of natural resource damages among state, federal, and Native American trustees. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Dugdale served as the hazardous waste consultant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters’ Criminal Enforcement Program, and served as the Senior Attorney in the Superfund Division of the Dallas Regional Environmental Protection Agency Office. Mr. Dugdale has also contested and resolved environmental regulatory matters and enforcement actions before federal and state agencies. In addition to his environmental regulatory and Superfund practice, Mr. Dugdale also practices conservation and natural resources law.

Contact Information

Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
info@gsfpc.com

Dallas
750 N. St. Paul Street
Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75201
TEL – 214.692.0009
FAX – 214.692.6610
Austin
816 Congress Avenue
Suite 1500
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.