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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


As a former staff attorney, Cindy Smiley has great respect for this agency and its mission. Through her ongoing relationships with many of its dedicated professionals, Cindy assists clients in communicating with agency staff. A deep understanding of TCEQ's governing laws and policies enables the Smiley Law Firm to effectively represent its clients before the agency.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Cindy Smiley has a collaborative style proven successful in over 25 years of resolving regulatory, permitting and enforcement issues for her clients.

EPA Region 6, located in Dallas, has responsibility for the states of AR, LA, NM, OK and TX.

Welcome!

The Smiley Law Firm, P.C., located in Austin, Texas, represents a wide variety of clients in environmental matters. The firm is dedicated to serving its clients as they participate in regulatory processes, including:

A large part of the firm's practice centers on regulatory counseling and assistance in identifying and addressing environmental issues and concerns. The firm's founder has more than 25 years of wide-ranging experience in environmental and administrative law.

Practice Areas:

For business and industry:

representation in obtaining environmental permits and authorizations for projects; defending enforcement actions; counseling on regulatory issues; participating in agency rulemaking activities; monitoring federal, state and local government activities; and identifying and evaluating potential environmental liabilities associated with transactions.

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For property owners:

representation in identifying and evaluating potential environmental liabilities and obligations; counseling on regulatory issues; participating in government rulemaking and other activities; monitoring activities of federal, state and local government entities; obtaining authorizations and permits; and addressing enforcement concerns.

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For local government entities:

representation in reviewing and negotiating environmental agreements and contracts; counseling on regulatory issues; obtaining permits and authorizations for projects; and maintaining environmental permits and approvals.

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Cynthia Cooke Smiley's Experience

Firm Tenure
Attorney/Owner–Smiley Law Firm 2012—Present
Partner–Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP 2004—2012
Special Counsel–Baker Botts LLP 1994—2004
Senior Attorney–Jones Day, Reavis & Pogue 1988—1994
Attorney–Texas Water Commission 1983—1988
Attorney–Exxon Company, USA 1981—1983
Admitted to Practice in Texas October 1981
Education Date
UT Austin School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1981
UT Austin, Bachelor of Arts (Plan II) with highest honors 1978

Honors and Recognitions:

Professional Service:

Recent Publications:

Forward Thinking in a Regulatory World, Cindy Smiley, EM Magazine, November 2013, pp. 40-41. EM Magazine is a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; http://www.awma.org). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.

Lessons Learned from Public Meetings, Cindy Smiley, EM Magazine, August 2013, pp. 42-43. EM Magazine is a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; http://www.awma.org). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.

Contributing Author to Chapter in Essentials of Texas Water Resources, 2nd Ed., (Texas Bar Books: Austin, 2012), "Dredge and Fill Permits under Clean Water Act Section 404."

Contributing Author to Chapter in Party Talk: Answers to Everyday Legal Questions for Texas Lawyers, 2nd Ed., (Texas Bar Books: Austin, 2012).

Contributing Author to Chapter in Essentials of Texas Water Resources (Texas Bar Books: Austin, 2009), "State Water Planning."

State Bar Activities

In August 2012, Cindy was presented with a plaque recognizing her service as the Chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar from the Section's incoming Chair, Cindy Bishop.

She was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2011 and selected as a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas in 2013.

She is active in the planning of the Texas Environmental Superconference, a "SXSW for environmental professionals" that will celebrate its 25th anniversary in August 2013.

A Dallas Client Says:

"Cindy is very intelligent, thorough, thoughtful, and exceptionally effective in Environmental Law. She is most pleasant to work with (even when the legal issues are not); she is definitely a team player. We have great confidence and trust in her judgment, as well as her ability, and would highly recommend her to anyone needing her expertise in the environmental arena."

President
Dallas, Texas Facility

A San Antonio Client Says:

"Cindy works in a very demanding field. She is without a doubt the finest and foremost environmental attorney I have ever worked with. She makes her clients feel at ease and keeps hours to a minimum, but, above all, she delivers results with the agencies, both state and federal. Her knowledge of environmental law and her expertise are astounding. Her demeanor is always professional but friendly. She is simply an outstanding attorney."

Retired Environmental Manager
San Antonio, Texas Facility

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