Keith Hopson


Keith began his legal career in Austin, Texas as the Senior Law Clerk to former U.S. District Judge Jack Roberts, from 1978-1980. Since then Keith has devoted over thirty years assisting clients in resolving their environmental issues.  He counsels clients in environmental matters involving solid waste, hazardous waste, Superfund, underground storage tanks, remediation, environmental litigation and permitting, environmental auditing, Brownfield issues and environmental aspects of commercial transactions.

Keith represents clients in matters involving waste management, waste reclamation, the manufacturing and distribution of chemicals, petroleum, petrochemicals and primary and secondary metals. He also defends and advocates on behalf of clients in the following areas: agribusiness, consumer products, metal plating, traditional and renewable electric power generation and cement production.

Keith served as common counsel for a group of six companies involved in a federal Superfund removal action. The removal action was successfully completed under budget resulting in group members receiving refunds of a portion of their money contributed for the removal action. He represented a Fortune 500 client in obtaining a Texas municipal-setting designation and voluntary cleanup program certificate of completion that concluded long and expensive remediation efforts at a former facility. Keith successfully argued to the Texas Railroad Commission that a previous site owner was solely responsible for investigating and remediating environmental releases on client’s property. Client’s consultants estimated the remediation costs to be approximately $10M.

In 2013 Keith was named a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. At the time he joined DuBois Bryant & Campbell he was one of less than 10 active private practitioners in Texas to be so honored.

B.A., Austin College, 1973

M.P.A., University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1978

J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1978

American College of Environmental Lawyers, Fellow, 2013 – present

Air & Waste Management Association, Central Texas Chapter

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

Brownfields Task Force, Vice Chair, 1996 – 1997

Budget Officer, 2006 – 2009

Council, 2004 – 2006

Education Service Group, 2011 – 2015

Finance Subcommittee, Vice Chair, 2015 – present

Liaison, Texas Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section 2009 – 2011

Secretary, 2009 – 2010

Section Fall Meeting Planning Committee, Chair, 2002

Special Committee on Quick Teleconferences, Co-Chair, 2010 – 2011; Chair, 2011 – 2012

Superfund and Hazardous Waste Committee, former Chair and Vice Chair

Austin Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

State Bar of Texas, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section

Co-author, LexisNexis Matthew Bender Environmental Law Practice Guide: State and Federal Law, Texas Section, 2003

Author, “Source Reduction,” Environmental Protection, January 2000

Co-author, Wiley Environmental Law Update, 1997

Consultant, Brownfields Law and Practice, Texas chapter, 2002 – 2008

Speaker, “Municipal Setting Designations: They’re Not Just for Developers Anymore,” Texas Chemical Council, 2008

Speaker, “Historic Contamination – Reporting and Beyond,” Texas Environmental Superconference 2005

Speaker, “Overview of the Regulation of Waste in the United States of America,” Mexican, Canadian and American Bar Associations, Mexico City, August 2004

Speaker, “The Limits of Science & Technology in the Environmental Decision Making Process: Experiences & Reflections of a Technically Challenged Attorney, Air & Waste Management Association, 1996

Speaker, “Land Disposal Restrictions Update,” Texas Chemical Council, 1995

Speaker, “RCRA/Superfund Update: Blue Suede SWMU’s,” Texas Environmental Superconference, 1995

Speaker, “RCRA Update,” American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, 1995

Speaker, “Recent RCRA Developments,” Texas Chemical Council, 1994

Austin College “L” Association, President, 2002 – 2005

Austin College Center for Environmental Studies, Advisory Board, 1999 – present

Austin College National Alumni Association, Board of Trustees, 1994 – 2001

City of Austin Water Quality Review Board, 1981 – 1982

Cub Scout Pack 91, fundraising Co-Chair, 2012 – 2014

Rosedale Neighborhood Association, former President

American College of Environmental Lawyers, Selected as a Fellow in 2013

Austin College, Haywood C. Clemons Volunteer Service Award, 2001

The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, 1999 – 2017

Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2003 – 2016

International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers, 2004 – 2010

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Texas Super Lawyers, Environmental/Land Use Law, 2004 – 2017