Larry W. Nettles

Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP

Larry W. Nettles

Larry W. Nettles

Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Vinson & Elkins LLP Larry W. Nettles Biography Larry has been practicing environmental law full-time since 1981 and has an exceptionally broad range of environmental law experience that makes him particularly well suited to advise clients with multi-faceted environmental problems, such as those frequently encountered in large business transactions. He has experience in counseling, permitting, and civil and criminal litigation, and has a proven track record in negotiating settlements and liability allocation agreements to resolve complex environmental problems. Larry has been recognized as the top environmental lawyer in the United States for the past five years by U.S. Lawyer Rankings. He has also been recognized as one of the best environmental lawyers in the nation in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America®; one of the best environmental law attorneys in Texas on the "Texas Super Lawyers" list published in Texas Monthly, and by Chambers & Partners in its recent guidebook on America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Larry currently serves as V&E's Energy Industry Group Leader, and is a member of V&E's Environmental and Climate Change practice groups. Larry also currently serves on the Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council. Representative Experience Transactions View All Provides advice on structuring transactions to allocate known environmental liabilities and to reduce the risk of unknown environmental liabilities Represents clients in negotiating agreements addressing environmental matters, including many non-traditional environmental risk management agreements Performs or coordinates environmental due diligence evaluations for acquisitions, divestitures, financings, equity and debt offerings, and development projects Enforcement Defense and Litigation View All Represents clients before state and federal agencies in defending and negotiating settlements of environmental enforcement proceedings Represents clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings to resolve disputes concerning environmental matters Provides strategic advice on structured settlements to resolve civil litigation and criminal proceedings relating to environmental matters Counseling and Permitting View All Represents clients before the state and federal agencies to secure agency approval of environmental permits and site remediation projects Provides advice on project design and implementation to reduce environmental risks and speed up the process for obtaining environmental approvals Provides advice on environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategies for new and brownfield development projects Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Education and Professional Background The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1981 (Order of the Coif) Rice University, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1978 Admitted to practice: Texas, 1981; U.S. District Courts of the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Professional Recognition View All Named the number one lawyer in Environmental Law, U.S. Lawyer Rankings, 2008 - 2012 "Top 10 Lawyers in Environmental Law," U.S. Lawyer Rankings, 2006 - 2012 Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Environmental Law, 2004 - 2012 Activities and Affiliations View All Member: Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Founder: Environmental Law Section, Houston Bar Association Chair and Past President: The Park People, Inc. Publications and Presentations View All "For Now, Durban Platform Is Just A Stepping Stone," Law360, January 4, 2012 (co-author) "Environmental Regulation of Marcellus Drilling," Hart Marcellus Handbook, June 2011 (co-author) "Abbreviated Guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, June 2009 Industries/Practices Climate Change Energy Environmental Litigation and Enforcement Environmental Regulation and Permitting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Real Estate

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Education
J.D. with Honors, Order of the Coif
Class of 1981

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

B.S. in Civil Engineering
Class of 1978

Rice University is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking and is set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

Houston Bar Foundation was established in 1982 as a charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association. Since that time, the Foundation has supported programs that help provide legal representation to the indigent, promote community understanding of our legal system and foster the administration of justice. Through the generosity of its many contributors, the Foundation has been able to make a difference in the greater Houston community.

Member, Environmental Law Section
Current

HBA Constitution, Article 1, Section 2: The object of the Association shall be to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Texas by educating both attorneys and citizens of their legal, civic and ethical responsibilities; to promote the administration of justice by educating the public about the qualifications of judicial candidates; by providing alternative, cost effective means for citizens to resolve their disputes, and by providing access to legal services for all; to improve the law; to uphold the honor and dignity of the profession by providing charitable and legal services to all; to promote professional ethics among its members through education; to improve community relations through charitable service and education; and to promote fellowship among its members.

Fellow
Current

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation. Membership is composed of the most elite Texas attorneys. The Foundation’s members are nominated because of their dedication to the administration of justice and high professional standing among his or her peers. For more than four decades, the Texas Bar Foundation has helped organizations to: * Educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law * Provide legal services to the poor * Assist those who turn to the legal system for protection Since 1965, the trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation have awarded more than $15 million in grants to charitable organizations across Texas. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to our mission…Advancing Justice in Texas…by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.

Career History
Partner
Current

Vinson & Elkins LLP provides legal services. The firm maintains civil practice, covering areas such as litigation, public policy, transaction, and energy law. The firm serves the clients including companies from the aviation, energy, financial services, health care, and technology industries. The company was founded in 1917 by James A. Elkins and William A. Vinson and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

Trees For Houston grows, plants and maintains trees throughout the greater Houston area. Mission related activities include outdoor and in-class educational programming, volunteer projects, and urban forestry information, as well as the management of six tree farms.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$2,500 - $4,999
2015

Trees For Houston grows, plants and maintains trees throughout the greater Houston area. Mission related activities include outdoor and in-class educational programming, volunteer projects, and urban forestry information, as well as the management of six tree farms.

$5,000 - $10K
2014

Rice University is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking and is set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

$1,000 - $2,499
2011

Trees For Houston grows, plants and maintains trees throughout the greater Houston area. Mission related activities include outdoor and in-class educational programming, volunteer projects, and urban forestry information, as well as the management of six tree farms.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at United States Department of State

$1,000
1999

Former President of United States

Transactions
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Talos Energy, Inc. purchases Castex Energy 2005 LP /Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Assets from Castex Energy Partners LLC

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WPX Energy, Inc. purchases Felix Energy Holdings II LLC from EnCap Investments LP, EIG Global Energy Partners

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Talos Energy, Inc. purchases ILX Holdings LLC from Riverstone Investment Group LLC

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