Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its Environmental and Natural Resources practice with the addition of new counsel Carrick Brooke-Davidson, who brings to the firm more than three decades of experience as a private practitioner and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice handling a wide range of environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.
Brooke-Davidson, who comes to V&E from environmental law boutique Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C., is based in the firm’s Austin office.
“Carrick is a welcome addition to the firm whose experience and knowledge will immediately benefit V&E and its clients,” said V&E Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group Leader Larry Nettles. “He is an outstanding attorney whose ability to provide top-shelf client service is a major asset.”
Brooke-Davidson has significant experience in all areas of environmental litigation, counseling and representation, especially in civil environmental litigation under the major environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and their Texas counterparts.
He also has more than a decade of experience working for the United States Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, which he joined through the Attorney General's Honors Program upon graduating from law school in 1985.
Brooke-Davidson served as a trial attorney, senior attorney and assistant section chief (acting) over the course of his 11-year career with the DOJ. As a government attorney, Brooke-Davidson served as a trial attorney or supervisor for civil enforcement litigation originated by several EPA offices, with the primary focus on Region 6 (Dallas).
Among his notable matters, Brooke-Davidson was lead counsel for the federal government in U.S. v. Vineland Chemical Co., which resulted at the time in one of the highest civil penalties under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He also received several awards while at DOJ, including a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service.
Prior to joining Guida, Slavich & Flores as a shareholder in 2008, Brooke-Davidson was a senior attorney with Jenkens & Gilchrist, PC from 1997 to 2002 and a counsel at Andrews Kurth, LLP from 2002 to 2008.
“V&E is a natural fit for me and my clients,” said Brooke-Davidson. “The firm is home to many of the top energy and environmental lawyers in the country and has a strong global platform. I am very happy to be a part of V&E and am ready to continue in the firm's tradition of providing outstanding legal service.”
In addition to his active law practice, Brooke-Davidson serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee. Brooke-Davidson holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a master’s degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985.
V&E’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice is among the best in the United States, receiving national recognition in Chambers USA (2017) and Legal 500 U.S. (2017). The firm counsels a wide array of clients on state and federal environmental laws and represents them in complex environmental litigation as well as administrative, civil and criminal enforcement matters in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies.