Laura LaValle is the Managing Principal and co-founder of Beveridge & Diamond’s Texas office. She is past chair of the Firm’s Air Practice Group. Her practice has focused on Clean Air Act matters for over twenty years. Ms. LaValle’s air quality experience includes advising and representing entities on a broad range of permitting, compliance, and policy issues. She has represented chemical manufacturing operations, electric utilities, petroleum refineries, oil and gas pipelines and terminal facilities, alternative/renewable energy operations including solar energy projects, landfills and waste combustors, steel manufacturing facilities, mining operations, and other facility types regarding federal and state permitting and compliance issues.
Ms. LaValle’s comprehensive NSR and Title V permitting practice includes counseling on the varied and often complex issues associated with federal NSR (prevention of significant deterioration/PSD and nonattainment) and Title V permitting, including single source/aggregation analyses to determine applicability of those programs. Ms. LaValle assists clients with Title V permitting, including counsel regarding required reasonable inquiry, deviation reporting and compliance certification. Her Clean Air Act practice also includes assistance with MACT/NESHAP and NSPS standard compliance, and responding to Section 114 requests.
Ms. LaValle advises clients regarding compliance audits and disclosing violations pursuant to EPA and state audit programs, including the Texas Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Privilege Act. She also provides counsel and representation on enforcement matters, and represents regulated entities in administrative hearings. She has represented individual entities and trade associations on federal and state policy issues. Ms. LaValle also provides counsel regarding fire prevention requirements and equivalency determinations.
Before entering private practice, Ms. LaValle served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. She also worked for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or “TCEQ”), where she rose from the position of staff attorney in the Air Quality Section to senior attorney. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. LaValle served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. As a Judge Advocate, she acquired extensive litigation experience prosecuting military criminal trials by court-martial and representing the Air Force in administrative hearings. Her Air Force practice also included providing counsel on environmental issues and assistance with environmental compliance audits at various Air Force bases.
Ms. LaValle is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Austin Bar Association. She previously served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Public and Administrative Law Council. She studied piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before transferring to Duke University, from which she received a B.A. in political science. She was awarded a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, where she was a member of and assistant articles editor for the University of Florida Law Review.