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Alex Prochaska
Special Counsel
Suite 1600
600 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.593.7616 tel
337.593.7763 fax

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Alex Prochaska is special counsel in the firm’s Business & Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Practice Groups in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge offices. Mr. Prochaska’s practice focuses on environmental law, including regulatory issues involving permitting and compliance, transactions, and environmental litigation.

Prior to joining Jones Walker, Mr. Prochaska spent six years as an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) with the last two as Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services.  In this role, he represented LDEQ in dealings with permit applicants and consultants from the initial pre-permit meetings and through other stages of the application review process, decisions, and defense of judicial challenges to LDEQ permit decisions.  Mr. Prochaska frequently attended public hearings related to draft permits and reviewed Environmental Assessment Statements and associated "IT Questions."  He worked with LDEQ permit writers and legal staff in drafting Responses to Comments (RTCs) and Basis For Decisions (BFDs) in connection with permits for both "greenfield" projects and major modifications and expansions of existing facilities. 

While at LDEQ, Mr. Prochaska also served on several teams that worked on large multi-facility and multi-state consent decrees resulting from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement initiatives and on special projects ensuring facilities comply with closure and post-closure permit requirements involving close coordination with federal, state and local government agencies.

Mr. Prochaska has significant experience with LDEQ's rulemaking process having drafted air quality regulations.  He often coordinated with other state and federal agencies in environmental and administrative matters, including the EPA, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana Economic Development (LED), State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO).    Mr. Prochaska also frequently worked with legislators and committee staff on environmental and fiscal legislation affecting the department.  He drafted legislation, amendments, resolutions and prepared testimony for LDEQ officials before committees of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana and United States Senate. 

Prior to his work at LDEQ, Mr. Prochaska served as a law clerk for the Honorable James P. Doherty, Jr. in the 27th Judicial District Court in Opelousas, Louisiana, and also worked as a law clerk for the Criminal Investigation Division of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association (Member, Public Law Section)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Environmental Law and Public Law Sections)