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The sixth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture

The Law of Climate Change Mock Oral Argument

Richard O. Faulk (Respondent)

Richard O. FaulkRICHARD FAULK chairs Gardere's Litigation Department and the Firm's Environmental Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in complex toxic tort and environmental litigation, including class actions and other "mass tort" cases involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants. He has significant expertise in cases with international implications and comparative mass tort procedures.

Mr. Faulk also leads Gardere's Climate Change Task Force. He and his partner, John Gray, have authored one of the major scholarly papers in the area, Stormy Weather Ahead: The Legal Environment of Global Climate Change. This comprehensive article has been presented at conferences of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in media events at the Washington Legal Foundation, and at various professional development seminars for lawyers, engineers, and businessmen. Since climate change is a multi-disciplinary issue that affects clients in a variety of ways, Mr. Faulk has assembled a Task Force that includes not only trial and appellate lawyers, but also lawyers from the corporate, environmental, tax, and intellectual property areas, as well as respected experts in the field.

In over 35 years of practice, Mr. Faulk has served as lead counsel for toxic tort and environmental litigation in Texas and other jurisdictions. He has defended claims for a variety of injuries and illnesses, including various forms of cancer and neurotoxic effects, and has assembled a group of highly qualified medical, safety, and engineering experts to assist in defending his clients.

Mr. Faulk is also experienced in environmental litigation, including groundwater contamination cases, cost recovery and contribution actions under CERCLA and state environmental laws, and "neighborhood" exposure cases alleging residential toxic exposures and property value diminution from alleged pollution released by manufacturing facilities.

Mr. Faulk received the 2003, 2009, and 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards presented by The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. He is regularly recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Media Inc., and since 2004 has been annually listed in  Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2005, Mr. Faulk addressed the National Academy of Sciences regarding the reliability of admissibility of scientific evidence in the courts.

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