Stephen C. Dickman is an attorney who specializes in the practices of environmental, water, and administrative law. Utilizing eighteen years of experience in working for or practicing before state administrative agencies, Mr. Dickman is certified in the practice of administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in accounting (magna cum laude) from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 1975 and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978, Mr. Dickman began his legal practice working for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and then in private practice, specializing in tax, corporate and commercial law from 1979 to 1985.
Mr. Dickman's experience in environmental law began as a hearings examiner for the Texas Water Commission (now the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission) where he adjudicated several high profile contested case permit proceedings, including a major dam and reservoir project and a commercial hazardous waste incinerator project. Mr. Dickman also adjudicated numerous water and wastewater permitting cases, as well as water and sewer rate cases. From 1988 through 1991, he worked as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Division of the Texas Water Commission, working primarily on solid and hazardous waste permitting, enforcement, and superfund matters and interfacing with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During 1991, Mr. Dickman served as the Senior Attorney for all solid and hazardous waste matters at the Texas Water Commission.
In 1992 to 1996, Mr. Dickman was a shareholder with the Austin law firm of Clark, Thomas & Winters where he practiced in their environmental law section, gaining significant experience in matters involving the permitting of municipal and industrial solid waste facilities. Beginning in 1998, Mr. Dickman took an of counsel position with the law firm of Kelly, Hart & Hallman, P.C. in Austin where he continues to advise and represent clients in environmental and water permitting, enforcement and regulatory compliance matters, especially those matters within the jurisdiction of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Mr. Dickman also has significant experience in water and sewer service and other land development issues, superfund site cleanup and cost recovery litigation, environmental enforcement actions, toxic tort litigation, Clean Air Act regulatory issues, underground storage tank matters, and environmental liabilities associated with real estate transactions.
Mr. Dickman is a member of the Travis County Bar Association, and the Environmental Law and Administrative Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Dickman has been a speaker at several environmental law seminars and is co-author of a chapter in the West Publishing Company Texas Practice Series on Environmental Law.
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