Title: Toxic Tort


John R. Eldridge



John Eldridge

Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP
Address:1 Houston Center
1221 McKinney, Suite 2100
Houston, Texas 77010
United States of America
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John Eldridge has 30 years of experience in environmental litigation and regulatory practice, with an emphasis on Superfund, property contamination and toxic tort litigation. He has argued several CERCLA appeals before the Fifth Circuit and tried cases in various courts.

John frequently represents buyers and sellers of contaminated properties and assists clients in assessing and addressing environmental risks associated with various business transactions. Internal investigations, environmental crimes, enforcement defense, Clean Water Act permitting and risk based "closure" certifications of contaminated real estate are also significant aspects of his practice. He advises clients on the property and liability issues associated with oil and gas drilling and sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2).


Joined the Law Firm in: 1998


Areas of Practice


Main Focus: Environmental

  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Joint Ventures
  • Litigation/Trial Practice
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Won a five-week trial in a multiparty contamination case; Won summary judgment and appeal in a multiple-party nuisance/trespass action in Atlanta, Georgia; Advised an energy service company in acquisition involving contaminated properties in several states; Successfully argued several Fifth Circuit appeals of CERCLA liability issues, including statute of limitations; Advised a European client regarding major steel manufacturing acquisition; Represented an Asian buyer of a U.S. chemical company; Won a jury trial involving a shopping center in Houston contaminated with dry cleaning solvents; Resolved felony indictment of company for alleged Clean Water Act violations; Negotiated complex indemnity and cleanup agreement with the City of Houston involving a contaminated maintenance facility, allowing a multi-million dollar real estate acquisition to proceed; Defended and resolved toxic tort suit involving 1,300 plaintiffs; Assisted several companies by performing internal investigations of alleged criminal violations; Obtained risk based closure certificate for large contaminated Houston industrial plant, allowing multi-million dollar asset sale by bankruptcy trustee; Renegotiated the environmental responsibilities stemming from a major refinery and chemical plant transaction; Represented a major herbicide manufacturer in a West Coast arbitration.

Bar Admission

District of Columbia; Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern District of Texas;



  • J.D., The University of Texas, 1980, Senior Articles Editor Texas International Law Journal
  • B.A., Rice University, 1975