• Biography

    Mary Mendoza is a trusted advisor to companies in finding solutions to their environmental issues. Whether the issue is environmental compliance, site cleanup, environmental enforcement or toxic tort litigation, Mary helps clients successfully navigate the complex area of environmental law. Mary brings this practical knowledge of environmental law to corporate, real estate and other transactions, to assist clients in identifying environmental risks and manage those risks to a successful conclusion.

    During her career, Mary has counseled clients from most every industry on environmental risks. Mary’s representations stretch from the oil patch to your local shopping center, and all types of businesses in between.

    Mary earned her undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where much of her course work focused on environmental issues. Mary uses the technical background to explain complex environmental issues in clear, concise terms for clients.

    Mary’s experience includes many significant and high profile matters. For example, Mary recently assisted a private equity fund in the acquisition of five papers mills throughout the eastern US and Canada and also assisted a private equity fund in the purchase of a recycling facility out of bankruptcy, using the bankruptcy court to settle substantial Superfund and state environmental liabilities from historic operations. She regularly represents a major U.S. retailer on environmental issues associated with the acquisition and development of new store locations. In addition, Mary regularly appears before state and federal agencies on enforcement matters, including representing an oil and gas exploration and production company in a two week UIC permitting contested hearing and a manufacturer of consumer products in Clean Air Act enforcement action. She also represents clients on significant superfund matters. Mary’s technical background is of particular value in addressing the complex technical issues for site remediation, such as her recent representation of a major retailer in the remediation of an urban site for the development of a new retail store.  

    Mary frequently speaks and writes on environmental issues and is a co-author of the Thomson Reuters Texas Practice 2 –volume treatise on Texas Environmental Law.

    Mary is a former chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Mary’s community involvement focuses on early childhood charities and education at the youngest levels, as shown by her involvement in Any Baby Can of Austin where she has previously served as the chair of the board of directors.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D. , University of Texas at Austin, School of Law , 1994 , with honors, Order of the Coif
    • B.S. , Civil Engineering , University of Texas at Austin , 1991 , with highest honors; Tau Beta Pi
  • Admissions

    • Texas , 1994