Michael R. Goldman
Michael R. Goldman
Shareholder
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214.692.0025 (Direct)
214.692.6610 (Fax)
goldman@gsfpc.com
Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
750 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75201

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:

  • Litigation relating to property damage claims and cleanup costs;
  • Litigation relating to alleged contamination from underground storage tanks (“USTs”) and petroleum products;
  • Citizen’s suit defense;
  • CERCLA, RCRA and the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act;
  • Clean Water Act;
  • Commercial litigation;
  • Cost recovery/contribution actions;
  • Defense of enforcement actions;
  • Endangered Species Act;
  • Insurance defense and coverage litigation;
  • Nuisance litigation;
  • Real estate and land use litigation; and
  • Toxic torts.

A sampling of his experience includes:

  • Tried a breach of contract matter to a Dallas jury in the 101st Judicial District Court, Dallas County in which client received a favorable verdict;
  • Defended a large municipality in a citizen’s suit concerning multiple violations of the city’s storm water management plan. The city was ultimately dismissed on summary judgment and the citizen’s group was denied its attorney’s fees;
  • Defended a former property owner in Harris County concerning alleged arsenic contamination which occurred over twenty years ago. Worked in parallel with the TCEQ concerning clean-up obligations for the ultimate closure of the property;
  • Represented a property owner in Tarrant County whose property was contaminated by a neighboring property owner with Benzene and other hydrocarbons due to a leaking UST;
  • Defended a manufacturer in Grayson County concerning nuisance and related claims by adjacent property owners;
  • Defended a property contamination case in Yoakum County in which the property was contaminated by a leaking UST. The TCEQ was a party in the lawsuit and was involved in the ultimate clean-up obligations.

Education

  • J.D. - South Texas College of Law - 1999
  • B.S. Microbiology - The University of Texas at Austin - 1995
  • Briefing Attorney for Justice Bill Vance with the Tenth Court of Appeals of Texas

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Honors and Affiliations

  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation in 2013 and as a Rising Star for 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Thompson Reuters Services published in Texas Monthly magazine
  • Traveled to New Delhi, India to assist the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government with its Draft Policy for Exploration of India‚Äôs Shale Oil and Gas
  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2013
  • Chairman’s Task Force for the State Fair of Texas (2012-present)
  • Program Chair of Dallas Bar Energy Law Section (2013)
  • Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Big Tex Golf Classic (2012-2013)
  • Vice-President of the Environmental Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association (2011-present)
  • Co-Chairman of the State Fair of Texas Raffle (2011)
  • Committee of the First Annual Big Tex Golf Classic (2011)
  • Selected for the 2010 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Leadership Class
  • Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, Class of 2008
  • Secretary of the North Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (2008)
  • Board member of the Dallas Electric Club (2010-present)
  • Co-Chairman, Ask-A-Lawyer Committee with Dallas Young Lawyers Association (2005)
  • Member, ADAM Energy Forum (2011-present)
  • Member, Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas (2010-present)
  • Member, Energy & Environmental Law Sections of the Dallas Bar Association (2006-present)
  • Member, Society of Texas Environmental Professionals (2008-present)

Authoring and Presenting

  • Mr. Goldman has given numerous presentations on a variety of environmental law topics and has authored numerous articles.