Areas of Practice

Health, Safety & Environmental

The U.S. chemical and oil and gas industries are some of the most highly regulated business sectors in the world. Companies in the industry must comply with a veritable alphabet soup of HSE regulations, including NEPA, ESA, RCRA, CERCLA, CAA, CWA, OSHA and numerous others. Companies that want to succeed must have a thorough understanding of what their responsibilities are under each of these and many other laws if they want to stay in business and stay out of trouble.

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Oil, Gas & Energy Contracts

One of the main reasons I became a lawyer is because I knew that the energy industry needed someone who not only knew the law, but knew the business and the science to represent them. I decided I could be that someone, and consequently I get to help America’s energy companies meet their legal needs.

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is created by the human mind. The creativity element distinguishes it from personal, intangible or real property. Unlike protecting other assets, when handling intellectual property, attorneys must consider how to preserve the value of concepts, designs, ideas and innovations, rather than merely tangible items. The Law Office of C. William Smalling, PC safeguards and maintains the value of books, music, art, inventions, slogans, branding and business secrets through copyrights and trademarks.

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Due Diligence Reviews

When you are looking to make a deal, you have to know three things --- the quality, what sort of money is involved, and what kind of risk you are opening yourself up to.At the Law Office of C. William Smalling, P.C., we have all of these areas covered. William Smalling worked for a number of years as an engineer in the Texas chemical and energy industry before obtaining his law degree. This combination of skills means you can have someone on your team who knows the industry, knows the financial side of things, and can tell you what legal risks you are facing if the deal is done.

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Representations before TCEQ

This explains the various phases of action that can occur when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) finds environmental violations, such as notices of violation, notices of enforcement, agreed orders. By any state’s standards, the TCEQ is a large agency. It has a biennial budget of over one billion dollars, a large Austin headquarters and 16 regional offices. The TCEQ should not be taken lightly.

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Appellate and Trial Law

What happens if you are unhappy with a verdict or ruling from a trial court? Whether the decision was made by a judge or a jury, any party can appeal the case to a higher tribunal. Generally, if the case was initially heard in state court, it should be appealed to the state appellate court. The federal circuit courts of appeals hear cases appealed from the U.S. District Courts. Additionally, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit can hear appeals from cases across the country, in specialized areas such as patent laws or cases decided by the Court of Federal Claims.

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