Fran E. Phillips

Of Counsel-Foley Gardere, Dallas at Foley & Lardner LLP

Fran E. Phillips

Fran E. Phillips

Of Counsel-Foley Gardere, Dallas at Foley & Lardner LLP


Fran Phillips is a leading environmental lawyer who handles complex regulatory matters throughout the United States and offers years of high-level Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experience and credentials to her corporate clients. Before joining Foley Gardere, Fran served more than 15 years with the EPA – as the deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 6 in Dallas; the associate general counsel for grants, contracts and general administration in Washington, D.C.; and the regional counsel for EPA Region 4 in Atlanta.

Because of Fran’s years of experience and extensive background with the EPA, her practice emphasis is broad and extends to all areas of environmental law and policy. This includes:

* Business transactions
* Risk transfer
* Air, climate change, water, wetlands, stormwater and hazardous waste permitting and compliance
* Munitions remediation and cost recovery
* Administrative advocacy
* Environmental regulatory compliance
* National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance
* Administrative, civil and criminal enforcement matters

Her industry focus comprises aerospace, refineries, chemical, manufacturing, construction, warehousing and commercial leasing, and transportation. In addition to her work with EPA and Foley Gardere, Fran practiced law in Houston and Washington, D.C., and she was a visiting scholar at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1988 and 1989.

Professional Affiliations

* Member, American Bar Association
* Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee
* Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section
* Former Vice Chair, Special Committee on Global Warming

* Member, State Bar of Texas
* Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
* Former Chair, Environmental and Natural Resources Section

* Member, District of Columbia Bar
* Member, Dallas Bar Association
* Founder and Former Chair, Environmental Law Section
* Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

* Member, Women Lawyers Alliance
* Member, EPA Alumni Association
* Board of Directors (2013-2014)
* Vice President (2013)

* Charter Member, Senior Executive Service (1979-1989)

Community Involvement

* Board Member, Cleng Peerson Institute (Fostering cultural and economic interests between Texas and Norway)
* Charter Member, Corporate Partners for the Dallas Public Library
* President and Board Member, Keep Dallas Beautiful
* Trustee and Board Member, The Kilby International Awards Foundation (Named for Jack Kilby, inventor of the monolithic integrated circuit, this international foundation is dedicated to recognizing imaginative contributions to society through science, medicine, technology, invention and education)
* Trustee, The Dallas Opera
* Member, Dallas FORUM and International Women's Forum (IWF)
* IWF Leadership Foundation Liaison
* Membership Committee

* Class Representative, Dallas Regional Chamber®, Leadership Dallas (2006)
* Member, Barnabas Circle, Baylor University
* Advisory Board Member, Baylor University Women's Council
* Host Committee Member, "Art of Film" benefiting the Dallas Film Society and promoting the City of Dallas (2012, 2014)

Honors & Awards

* Recipient, Corporate LiveWire, Global Awards, Energy & Natural Resources (2015)
* Recipient, The National Law Journal Top 50 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers (2015)
* Recipient, InterContinental Finance Magazine (ICFM) 100 Leading Female Lawyers Award (2014)
* Recognized in the Environmental area:
* ??Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
* Environmental Law (2016, 2017)

* Dallas Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2012)
* AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
* Who's Who Legal, Law Business Research Ltd (2014)
* Named in the Best Business Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2008-2009)
* Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
* Environmental (2003-2011)
* Environmental Litigation (2003-2011)
* Criminal Defense: White Collar (2003-2011)

* Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
* Environment (Texas) (2007-2017)

* The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (23 years)
* Environmental Law (1995-2018)
* Litigation – Environmental (1995-2018)?

* Recipient, Rose of Distinction Award for Community Service (2007)
* Recipient, Bronze Medal, Establishment of the EPA's Minority Business Enterprise Program
* Awarded, Rank of Meritorious Executive, Senior Executive Service of U.S.A. (1989)
* Recipient, Distinguished Government Service Award (1985)
* Recipient, Arthur S. Flemming Award, George Washington University (One of 10 outstanding federal civil servants in the country) (1985)


* J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, (1972)
* B.A., Baylor University, (1969), cum laude


* Texas (1972)
* Texas State Courts (1972)
* U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (1994)
* U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1975)

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Director at United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Controller, Office of the Chief Financial Officer at United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Director of Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention at United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Chief Executive Officer at Water Capital Partners LLC

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Former Head-Operations & Technology at NationsBank Corp.

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Director at The Dallas Opera

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Former Associate Principal at The Dallas Symphony Association

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Trustee at The Dallas Opera

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Partner at Baker Botts LLP

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Chair, Securities & Class Action Practice at Haynes and Boone LLP

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Of Counsel-Foley Gardere, Dallas at Foley & Lardner LLP
Class of 1969

Baylor University, a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, provides a vibrant campus community for more than 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship.

Career History
Of Counsel-Foley Gardere, Dallas

Foley & Lardner LLP provide legal services. It provides corporate governance, compliance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor, employment, intellectual property, IP litigation and tax services. The firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Diego, Del Mar, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach. The company was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

Co-Chair, Environmental

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP was founded in 1909, it provides legal services. The firm services to private and public companies and individuals in areas of government affairs, energy, litigation, corporate, tax, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property and financial services.

Boards & Committees
2012 - Current

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.

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Since its glittering 1957 inaugural concert with the legendary Maria Callas, the Dallas Opera has made a national and international name for itself by discovering new world-class talents and enhancing the careers of important artists, directors and designers.

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Mayor at Dallas, TX, Office of the Mayor, Eric L. Johnson


Former Senator from New York

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