Timothy J. Poche


Taylor Porter Partner Tim Poché’s practice focuses on advising and defending clients on environmental issues across a broad range of industries including energy, petrochemical, wastewater, public utility, transportation, and solid and hazardous waste treatment and disposal.

Tim counsels clients on a variety of compliance and permitting issues, with special emphasis on waste and water compliance and permitting, environmental remediation, and due diligence. He has extensive experience counseling and defending clients in regulatory enforcement actions before federal and state regulatory agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources/Office of Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Department of Health.  Tim has experience defending zoning challenges to exploration and production activities and industrial operations.

Tim has also represented clients in complex civil litigation involving environmental damage and remediation claims in both state and federal courts and has successfully defended clients against citizen suits under both federal and state environmental laws.

Tim is ranked by his peers and clients in Best Lawyers in America and also Chambers USA as "Leaders in their Field" in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation.

Tim received a B.S. in geology from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1988 and his J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1992. He served as chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.  He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the federal district courts for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tim’s representative work includes: 

  • Environmental permitting of oil and gas exploration, production, and transmission projects/facilities.
  • Environmental counsel in greenfield manufacturing/industrial facility start-ups.
  • Buyer’s/Seller’s environmental counsel in industrial facility/unit transfers.
  • 404 permitting/Wetlands.
  • Legacy site litigation and oil-field remediation.
  • Class action/mass action litigation arising from alleged environmental pollution both chronic and acute.
  • Defense of regulated industries against USEPA enforcement actions in both administrative proceeding and Federal Court.
  • Negotiation of Federal Consent Decrees, CAFOs and ACOCs with USEPA.
  • Defense of regulated industries on regulatory matters before state agencies including LDNR, LDEQ, and LDH in both State Court and administrative proceedings.
  • Defense of federal and state permitting decisions in both State and Federal Court.    

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