Scott A. Sherman (pictured) says he joined Bracewell as senior counsel on Nov. 5 and will be working with the firm’s environmental strategies group.
Sherman, a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, says he first became interested in environmental law in 1996 after Barry McBee, then chairman of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, a predecessor agency of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, contacted him about working for the TNRCC.
“I was interested in civic affairs and quality of life issues, but I had not studied environmental law,” Sherman says. “There is no better place to learn environmental law as a young lawyer than at a state agency.”
Sherman says that immediately prior to joining Bracewell, he served as the corporate environmental affairs director at the Hess Corp. in Houston, a job he began in 2011. Before joining Hess, Sherman served as senior environmental counsel for Occidental Petroleum Corp., he says.
From October 2006 to November 2008, Sherman says that he served as associate assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Also during his tenure at EPA, he served as the agency’s associate general counsel for solid waste and emergency response, Sherman says.
Sherman says that before beginning his work at the federal agency, he served as associate general counsel at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and also was a senior advisor to Tony Garza, then chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, beginning in 1999.
“I worked with Tony building up environmental programs at the Railroad Commission,” Sherman says.
-- Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.