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Austin J. Pierce
Austin J. Pierce
Associate — Environmental & Natural Resources
Associate — Environmental & Natural Resources

Austin J. Pierce

Austin J. Pierce

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Austin J. Pierce


  • Large American investment bank in preferred investment in metals processing company

  • Multiple companies in strategic acquisitions and divestitures, including environmental and ESG due diligence and negotiations

  • Multiple companies with environmental and ESG disclosures for debt and equity offerings, as well as ongoing reporting obligations

  • Utility company in review of board policies and corporate governance documentation and integration of ESG oversight into same

  • EV infrastructure company in development of board policies and related corporate governance matters

  • Mining company on environmental and tribal matters

  • Evaluate both environmental and human rights laws and regulations to advise on strategic project development in Latin America (including work in English, Spanish, and Portuguese)

  • Multiple companies with review and defense of environmental assessments prepared for projects

  • Multiple companies in benchmarking of ESG policies and strategy & development of same

  • Multiple companies in preparation of ESG reports

  • Several industry trade associations and companies in response to agency requests for input regarding climate and ESG disclosure regulation

  • Several private equity firms on best practices for environmental and ESG standards and due diligence

  • Large American multinational investment bank in the preparation of Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report

  • Several energy companies in assessment of climate risks, including review of climate scenario analyses and legal trends

  • Mining company in consideration of regulatory risks associated with findings of climate change scenario analysis

  • Upstream oil & gas company in development of human rights and indigenous rights policies

  • Mining company in assessment of cultural resources and indigenous community opposition risk

  • Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation on environmental and ESG considerations in business combination with Hyzon Motors Inc.

  • Gas utility on regulatory considerations for hydrogen blending in existing gas supply operations


  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M., International and Comparative Law, 2018
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., , 2018 (Executive Editor, Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law; President, Hispanic & Latino Law Students Association)
  • Washington & Lee University, B.A., Economics and Philosophy cum laude, 2015
  • Member: Steering Committee, International Law Section, International Human Rights Committee, American Bar Association, 2021
  • Member: Working Group for Climate Change and Human Rights: International Law Section, International Human Rights Committee, American Bar Association, 2020–2021
  • Member: International Human Rights Committee: International Law Section, Texas Bar Association, 2020–2021
  • Texas
  • Fluent – Spanish
  • Proficient – Chinese (Mandarin), French, Portuguese, Sorbian (Lower and Upper)
  • Basic – Arabic, Chinese (Wu), Danish, Dutch, German, Japanese