Eddie Lewis, who joined in 1993, is a partner in the Houston office. He focuses his practice in the environmental law area, including the defense of major litigation and governmental enforcement actions that result from catastrophic industrial incidents. Eddie personally responds to the scene of industrial incidents, usually on the day of the event, where he assists clients in coordinating incident response activities, in managing interactions with the many governmental authorities (e.g., CSB, OSHA, ATF, EPA, fire marshals, state and local environmental agencies, police) that respond to and investigate industrial incidents, and working on matters such as public communications, evidence preservation, incident investigation and the defense of private party and government lawsuits. He takes a hands-on approach to work with clients to formulate overall legal strategy related to each incident. Previously, Eddie worked as a chemical engineer which contributes to his knowledge of environmental issues and industrial processes, as well as his ability to work effectively with facility engineers, operators and environmental and safety personnel. His practice frequently involves legal issues in which catastrophic incidents and/or complex technical issues are at the forefront.