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Houston Shaner

Washington, D.C.

Houston Shaner

Houston Shaner helps companies achieve cost-effective environmental compliance, and he defends their interests before federal courts and agencies. Houston’s practice embraces a wide range of emissions, resources, and safety statutes, with a particular emphasis on stationary and mobile sources under the Clean Air Act.

He has helped clients through all phases of the compliance and enforcement process: advocacy during the formulation of agency rules and guidance, analysis of regulatory requirements, identification of compliance issues and development of solutions, disclosure and reporting to authorities, and defense of the company during investigations and enforcement actions.

Houston also maintains an active transportation practice, including rulemakings and litigation before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration and the Surface Transportation Board. Prior to his time at Hogan Lovells, Houston served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Representative experience

Advised a major automotive manufacturer on an international mobile source emissions audit.

Representing an electric utility in a Clean Air Act enforcement action and termination of an existing consent decree.

Representing trade association and shippers in rulemakings and administrative litigation involving crude-by-rail.

Assisted auto parts supplier in negotiating targeted emission-related remedial action with EPA and avoiding an unnecessary and costly nationwide recall.

Represented automotive OEMs and aftermarket suppliers in EPA investigations and enforcement actions.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2014
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2009

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Alabama

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

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