• Biography

    Carie Goodman McKinney is licensed in both Texas and California and concentrates her practice in the regulatory and transactional areas of Environmental Law. Her practice includes compliance counseling and representing clients in permitting and regulatory enforcement actions related to federal and state regulation of solid and hazardous waste, Superfund negotiations, water and waste discharges, and federal regulations related to toxic chemicals. Working closely with environmental consultants, Carie assists clients with compliance auditing and with remediation of contaminated property under the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program and Superfund. Carie also counsels clients on environmental aspects of real estate, corporate, bankruptcy and other transactions, including environmental due diligence, contract negotiations, and restructuring or liquidation in bankruptcy.

    Prior to going to law school, Carie was as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She first worked in Region 6 with municipal and industrial waste water permitting and enforcement. Subsequently, she worked at the EPA's National Enforcement Investigation Center in Denver, Colorado, where she managed enforcement investigations in support of both civil and criminal air and hazardous waste enforcement cases.

    Carie was recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Environmental Law, 2009-2012.

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “Texas Environmental Law,” co-author, Volumes 45-46, Thomson Reuters, 2017 and 2018.
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1987, Note Editor, Cornell Law Review
    • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1984
    • B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1978
  • Admissions

    • California
    • Texas