“My chemical engineering background combined with my 30 years in the industry gives clients a big technical edge in the legal context. I speak the language of environmental regulators and other experts in the field.”
Greg Johnson is an environmental lawyer with a long record of helping companies with the environmental aspects of complex, large-impact transactions, litigation, and regulatory compliance issues in Louisiana as well as nationally and internationally. A significant focus of Greg’s practice is representing domestic and international corporations in the environmental permitting for major, high-profile industrial facility projects, including renewable projects, and in the resolution of often-controversial, high-exposure, oil and gas or energy-related disputes, such as claims in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also is often engaged in environmental criminal matters, several of which he has resolved without the imposition of criminal charges.
Greg draws heavily on his real-world experience and training as a chemical engineer when he counsels clients with transactions involving technical issues, most commonly in spotting latent environmental issues with sales or purchases of industrial or manufacturing sites in the chemical, petrochemical, inorganic, and industrial sectors. During law school and prior to starting his law practice, Greg was a consulting environmental engineer concentrating on permitting, emissions estimation, reporting, modeling, and compliance issues in the oil and gas, chemical, and energy sectors.
Greg often works on the leading edge of environmental matters. For example, in the representation of a large acquisition of a Louisiana industrial facility, Greg obtained the first-ever confirmation of Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser status in favor of the client, offering it as a statutory defense to federal and state cleanup liability. In addition, Greg helps companies with environmental audits, the pursuit of various environmental permits, and disclosure of enforcement issues to federal and state governmental agencies. More recently, Greg has been involved in renewable and alternative energy projects ranging from CCUS to solar, wind, hydrogen, and battery initiatives.
Additionally, Greg is the long-serving General Counsel to the International Carbon Black Association, an industry trade group comprising all of the manufacturers of carbon black in North America and Western Europe. Greg has helped the association with regulatory matters, including the negotiation and review of Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards for the industry and the procurement of key Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) interpretations. In addition, Greg provides antitrust surveillance and negotiates sponsored-research contracts for the group.
Greg is a co-chair of the environmental practice group at Liskow and is a past chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. He is a frequent speaker, sought-after as a thought leader on energy and environmental topics.
Greg serves as the General Counsel to the International Carbon Black Association, an industry trade group whose members include all of the manufacturers of carbon black in North America and Western Europe.
“I primarily work with Greg Johnson at Liskow & Lewis, who is excellent in all aspects!” – Best Lawyers Client Comment, Environmental Law, 2021