Frances E. Phillips - Gardere

Frances E. Phillips

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Fran Phillips is a leading environmental lawyer who handles complex regulatory matters throughout the U.S. and offers years of high-level Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experience and credentials to her corporate clients. Before joining Gardere, Fran served more than 15 years with the EPA – as the deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 6 in Dallas; the associate general counsel for grants, contracts and general administration in Washington, D.C.; and the regional counsel for EPA Region 4 in Atlanta.

Because of Fran’s years of experience and extensive background with the EPA, her practice emphasis is broad and extends to all areas of environmental law and policy. This includes:

  • Business transactions
  • Risk transfer
  • Air, climate change, water, wetlands, stormwater and hazardous waste permitting and compliance
  • Munitions remediation and cost recovery
  • Administrative advocacy
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance
  • Administrative, civil and criminal enforcement matters

Her industry focus comprises aerospace, refineries, chemical, manufacturing, construction, warehousing and commercial leasing, and transportation. In addition to her work with EPA and Gardere, Fran practiced law in Houston and Washington, D.C., and she was a visiting scholar at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1988 and 1989.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1972)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (1994)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1975)
  • Baylor UniversityBA 1969The University of Texas School of LawJ.D. 1972
    American Bar Association Dallas Bar AssociationWomen Lawyers AllianceKeep Dallas Beautiful

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States


    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2012 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Dallas Metro Area
    Frances E. Phillips has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

    Practice Areas

    Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Counseling, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Crimes, Litigation, Munitions and Unexploded Ordnance Cleanup, Permitting, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)
    Litigation - Environmental