Attorneys
Allan Gates

Allan Gates

Member
Email:agates@mwlaw.com
Phone:(501) 688.8816
Office: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas, District of Columbia

Mr. Gates currently practices in the areas of environmental, environmental & toxic tort, and commercial litigation.  Defense counsel in hazardous waste and Superfund actions before state agencies, EPA, and in state and federal court. Counsel in air pollution, water pollution, toxic tort, wetlands, environmental impact statement and coastal management disputes and litigation. Counsel for applicants for hazardous waste permits and closure plans, pesticide registrations, water, air, and solid waste permits.

Counsel for affected parties in state and federal rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings under air, water, solid waste, hazardous waste, and toxic substance control legislation.

Experience

Defense counsel in hazardous waste and Superfund actions before state agencies, EPA, and in state and federal court. Counsel in air pollution, water pollution, toxic tort, wetlands, environmental impact statement and coastal management disputes and litigation. Counsel for applicants for hazardous waste permits and closure plans, pesticide registrations, water, air, and solid waste permits. Counsel for affected parties in state and federal rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings under air, water, solid waste, hazardous waste, and toxic substance control legislation. Counsel to private parties, public interest groups, and trade associations in non-environmental regulatory matters. Lead counsel in complex commercial disputes and litigation. Appears regularly before state agencies, including Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.

Education

  • Vanderbilt Law School J.D. 1972
  • Yale University B.A. 1969

Involvement

Treasurer of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, Serves on the Board of Regents and the Executive Committee of American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Served as law clerk to Chief Judge Pat Mehaffy, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, United States Supreme Court; Adjunct professor of Environmental Law, UALR Law School; Guest lecturer on environmental law, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, UALR graduate and undergraduate classes; Panelist and speaker in national, regional and state seminars on environmental law and litigation;  Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity,  Charter Member; Old State House Museum Associates, original incorporator and Chairman of the Board; Board of Trustees, Arkansas Nature Conservancy, Charter Secretary and Member of the Board.  Named to The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.) in the area of Litigation - Environmental Law, in Little Rock, for the years 2011-2016. Ranked by Chambers & Partners USA for Litigation - Environmental, 2015. Named in to Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research LTD) in the area of Environmental Law.

Publications

Co-Author, Environmental Law Practice Guide (Matthew Bender & Co. 1992); Contributing Author, Brownfields, A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property (2nd ed. 2002).