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  • University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude,1978; Order of the Coif; Member, University of Florida Law Review
  • Florida State University, B.S. in Engineering Science, 1972
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  • Florida, 1979
  • Louisiana, 1978
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Robert "Bob" Holden
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8139 tel
504.589.8139 fax

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Robert Holden is a partner in the firm's Environmental Practice Group. Drawing on his deep understanding of the law and fortified by decades of experience in the field, he provides clients with practical, lawful solutions to environmental and other legal challenges, including regulatory compliance and enforcement actions, responses to spills and other industrial accidents, and commercial litigation. Mr. Holden's clients include energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and other clients with significant operations across the southeastern United States and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Holden regularly counsels clients on a broad range of environmental and regulatory requirements in relation to air (including Clean Air Act, Title V, Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), and New Source Review (NSR) Standards); wastewater (including the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) and Gulf of Mexico General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit programs); hazardous waste (with a particular focus on generator issues); and solid-waste (including permitting and closures). He also provides advice to OCS operators on Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) operational rules. Mr. Holden has represented numerous clients in enforcement proceedings before EPA Regions 6 and 8 and before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).

Among his representative matters, Mr. Holden currently represents a major chemical company on Clean Air Act and Louisiana air control matters related to the acquisition of a Louisiana Neoprene plant, and on post-acquisition claims against the former owner. In 2010 - 2013, Mr. Holden led a firmwide team of attorneys on behalf of BP in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has in-depth experience with the Oil Pollution Act, similar state statutes, and Oil Spill Financial Responsibility requirements. He has also worked on major oil spills caused by Hurricane Katrina and other pipeline spills.  

Among noteworthy engagements, Mr. Holden serves as lead industry counsel at the Combustion and Dutchtown Superfund sites. Mr. Holden had a lead role in preparing industry comments on the EPA's PVC MACT rulemaking in 2012. Mr. Holden served as lead environmental counsel for the permitting of chemical plants in St. James and Iberville Parishes and of a commercial hazardous waste incinerator located in St. Mary Parish. He also was lead environmental counsel of permitting under the Deep Water Port Act of the Freeport Main Pass Energy Hub in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

In his litigation practice, Mr. Holden represents natural resources, petrochemical, and industrial companies facing high-exposure environmental litigation, including environmental enforcement and regulatory matters, oil spills and oil spill insurance claims, and energy litigation. Numerous international, national, and local corporations alike rely on his keen legal insights and network of industry and government contacts to provide effective responses to disputes that arise in relation to their operations in Louisiana and on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Noteworthy

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, and Litigation - Environmental (listed annually since 2010)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as the 2017 New Orleans "Lawyer of the Year" in Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as the 2011 New Orleans "Lawyer of the Year" in Environmental Law
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Environment (listed annually since 2006)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Environmental (listed annually since 2009)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine in the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law and Environmental Law (2012-2016)

News

Presentations

  • "The Lawyer’s Role in Oil Spill Planning", October 9, 2013, Houston Bar Association, Environmental Luncheon
  • "NPDES Upset and Bypass Defenses", June 2, 2010, ExxonMobil, 2010 Water Workshop

Memberships

  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Chairman, Environmental Law Section, 1991-1992)
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (Adjunct Professor, Clean Air Act Seminar, 2006-2008)
  • New Orleans Bar Association