James C. Morriss  III - Thompson & Knight LLP

James C. Morriss III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Jim Morriss is Thompson & Knight's Austin Office Leader and the Firm-wide Practice Leader of the Environmental Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice on environmental permitting; compliance counseling; facility siting, including wetlands and endangered species work; legislative lobbying; and administrative and judicial litigation before local, state, and federal environmental agencies and state and federal courts. 

Jim has extensive experience in counseling clients in environmental risk management, including the design and implementation of environmental auditing programs and environmental management systems, and in the investigation and disclosure of environmental liabilities and contingencies. He also has significant experience in litigation involving the investigation and remedy of complex sites including the development and presentation of risk based solutions to contamination.

Jim represents clients in a variety of industry and commercial sectors including steel, metals recycling, organic and inorganic chemicals, petroleum refining, plastics, cement, oil and gas exploration and production, transportation, and real estate development.

Southern Methodist UniversityBS 1973The University of Texas at AustinJ.D. 1976
Austin Bar Association; Administrative Law Section; Environmental, Natural Resources, and Water Law SectionDallas Bar Association; Environmental Law Section, Chairman, 1986State Bar of Texas; Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Chairman, 1988-1989United States Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentCenter for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, The University of Texas School of LawTexas Task Force on Waste Management Policy, a Joint Senate-House Committee that evaluated the need for changes to laws governing solid waste management in Texas

Client Comments

"Jim Morriss has a strong command of the full range of environmental legal issues that a business encounters when operating in the United States. Jim is easily accessible and has a terrier's tenacity when addressing a legal challenge. His firm offers the necessary breadth of resources needed to address other areas of the law, from IP to international."

-Andrew Mangan
Executive Director
United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

Office Location

98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Suite 1900
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Regulatory Law
Environmental Law
Litigation - Environmental