Our Professionals


Paul C. Sarahan focuses his practice on environmental, transportation, and safety issues. Since 1994, his work has focused on environmental policy, enforcement, remediation, auditing, and permitting. Following his service as Director of the Litigation Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, he returned to private practice in 2005, and has represented clients in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, transportation, and retail industry sectors before federal, state, and local agencies. His key experience includes providing regulatory counseling, advising clients on environmental auditing, and representing clients in cost recovery and remediation cases.
Paul is well-versed in handling administrative, civil and criminal enforcement, permitting, auditing, litigation, workplace safety, air quality, water rights, water quality, waste handling and disposal, and Superfund matters. He represents clients before TCEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as before state environmental agencies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Wyoming. Paul also has handled matters before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and Federal Railroad Administration.
Paul graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his LL.M. in Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center.
Paul is active in his community where he is focused on economic development, transportation, and racial reconciliation issues. He is a proud member of the Gilbert’s Gazelles running group and is training for his second marathon.
Paul is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section, in which he serves on the Section’s council, and the Administrative & Public Law Section.


  • Advises companies on environmental audits; air, water, and waste compliance issues; environmental regulatory interpretations; and transportation-related regulatory interpretation (PHMSA and Texas Railroad Commission).
  • Assisting on a series of environmental issues, including electronic manifesting for waste transportation and disposal, and defense of an enforcement action by the TCEQ in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Representing clients in contested air, water, and waste permitting hearings.
  • Serving as a subject matter witness on environmental compliance history issues.
  • Representing clients in Superfund matters.
  • Represented a shipping company to address environmental issues with the U.S. Coast Guard and TCEQ in response to a maritime accident.
  • Successfully defending a concrete company against criminal charges alleging unauthorized discharges to water.
  • Represented a chemical company in handling a criminal investigation; succeeded in avoiding criminal charges and all civil and administrative enforcement actions were dropped.
  • Represented a petrochemical facility in emergency response activities related to multi-agency investigations and enforcement actions.
  • Representing clients with respect to Texas Public Information Act requests, requirements, and exceptions.
  • Assisting buyers, sellers, and lending institutions in evaluating environmental issues, assessing potential liabilities, and creating solutions that provide a path for transactions to proceed to closing.

  • Ranked: Chambers USA, Environment – Texas, 2017, 2019-present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2016, 2018-present
  • Litigation–Environmental, 2016, 2018-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Environmental Law, 2014-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Energy: Regulatory, 2015