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Brandon M. Tuck

Brandon M. Tuck Senior Associate, Environmental & Natural Resources

Brandon’s practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, environmental litigation, and enforcement defense.

Brandon also advises clients on obtaining permits and authorizations for a variety of energy, manufacturing, and development projects, including approvals from agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Before law school, Brandon worked in natural resource management for the federal government, where he focused on water resource management for hydropower generation, irrigation, and fish and wildlife preservation; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; and Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation.

Additionally, Brandon is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), has been a certified professional sign language interpreter for almost twenty years, and is active in the deaf community. The following is a list of representative matters in which Brandon has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Acted as environmental counsel on several strategic land and pipeline acquisitions supporting a multinational energy logistics company’s development of midstream and downstream assets in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Prepared detailed comments for a national trade association’s use in agency rulemaking regarding agency procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Assisted in counseling a major oil company regarding a federal investigation relating to refinery emissions, including managing the collection, review, and production of documents, and preparing witnesses for depositions
  • Assisted in defending small businesses and small business owners charged with water pollution and hazardous waste disposal violations
  • BP in the $2.4 billion sale of its Texas City refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the Southeast United States to Marathon Petroleum
  • Managed collection, review, and production of documents, and assisted in drafting discovery responses, and preparing corporate representatives and expert witnesses for depositions, for a major mining company in a civil suit involving claims for nuisance and property damages arising out of the historical operations of a metal smelting facility
  • Representing a home developer in a citizen suit involving allegations of wetlands destruction without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act

Land Use & Natural Resources Development

  • Prepared detailed comments for a national trade association’s use in agency rulemaking regarding agency procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Representing a home developer in a citizen suit involving allegations of wetlands destruction without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act
  • Assists with environmental aspects of preparing, filing, and prosecuting certificate applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving expansion projects and new projects for major interstate natural gas pipelines, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act

Environmental Enforcement Defense

  • Assisted in counseling a major oil company regarding a federal investigation relating to refinery emissions, including managing the collection, review, and production of documents, and preparing witnesses for depositions
  • Assisted in fact discovery, and managing collection, review, and production of documents for an energy company, regarding a governmental inquiry relating to an explosion at an offshore facility
  • Assisting in counseling and defending a meat packing operation relating to wastewater discharge issues
  • Assisted in defending small businesses and small business owners charged with water pollution and hazardous waste disposal violations

Transactions & Counseling

  • Performs environmental due diligence reviews and evaluations for acquisitions, divestitures, financing, equity and debt offerings, and development projects, and advises clients on environmental provisions in transaction agreements
  • Acted as environmental counsel on several strategic land and pipeline acquisitions supporting a multinational energy logistics company’s development of midstream and downstream assets in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Riverstone Holdings on environmental matters in connection with its acquisition of a refinery, terminal, and related railcar fleet in the Pacific Northwest

Litigation

  • Managed collection, review, and production of documents, and assisted in drafting discovery responses, and preparing corporate representatives and expert witnesses for depositions, for a major mining company in a civil suit involving claims for nuisance and property damages arising out of the historical operations of a metal smelting facility
  • Assisted with witness deposition preparation activities for a major oil company in a civil suit involving claims of lost royalties resulting from alleged improper pipeline maintenance and pipeline releases
  • Representing a home developer in a citizen suit involving allegations of wetlands destruction without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2271
F +1.713.615.5048
btuck@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Brandon's Practices

  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D. cum laude, 2010 (Comments Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Certificate in Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Environmental Studies)
  • Boise State University, B.A. summa cum laude, 1999
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Other Language: Fluent in American Sign Language
  • Natural resources technical writer and collateral-duty project manager, Pacific Northwest Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1998–2007
  • Texas Civil Rights Project, Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Board Member: Bayou Land Conservancy
  • Vice Chair: North Houston Association Environmental Committee (2015 and 2016 terms)
  • Co-Chair: Texas Wetlands Conference (2015, 2016)
  • Vice Chair: State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee (2015-2016)
  • Member: Houston Bar Association Environmental Law Section
  • Certified American Sign Language Interpreter (CI; CT; NIC): Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf