John B. King
Partner— Baton Rouge
John B. King represents companies and trade associations in environmental regulatory matters including permitting, compliance assurance, enforcement actions, toxic tort defense, and litigation. He focuses on manufacturing and energy sectors, including oil and gas production facilities and pipelines, liquid and bulk tank terminals, chemical facilities, sugar mills, waste disposal sites, and construction projects. Mr. King has been involved in a variety of regulatory matters with state and federal agencies (such as the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Corps of Engineers). He has negotiated enforcement settlements, obtained favorable determinations in permitting and compliance matters, litigated enforcement and permit matters, and advised clients in a variety of industries on compliance, enforcement, and permitting issues. Formerly, Mr. King was Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for a large oil and gas waste disposal company and responsible for its environmental and safety programs. He also served, for many years, as Chief Attorney for Enforcement with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. While with the LDEQ, Mr. King personally prosecuted, or oversaw the prosecution of, enforcement actions issued by the LDEQ, handled major permitting matters, and successfully litigated matters in state courts, federal courts, and administrative tribunals. Mr. King has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Timothy W. Hardy
Partner— Baton Rouge
Timothy W. Hardy is a Partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. His area of concentration is Environmental Law. He serves as part of the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He previously served as the top advisor on environmental affairs for a former Louisiana governor, as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and as a Division Director for the Louisiana Department of Justice. He was formerly a Partner of the Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister law firm.
Prior to attending law school, he held several technical laboratory and research positions. He was employed in the laboratory at a water purification and a wastewater treatment facility in Shreveport, Louisiana where his primary duty was quality control. He was employed by Pennzoil Research where he performed research on the stabilization of transformer oils. He was employed as a laboratory technician for Allied Chemical where he performed quality control for the manufacture of high-density polyethylene.
He currently serves on the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, having served on the Board since 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), an education organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community and technical colleges in the United States. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center, teaching Environmental Law for more than 20 years. His professional career also includes, in 2003, being named as an Executive Vice President of the Shaw Group, one of only two Fortune 500 Companies based in Louisiana at that time.
He holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Department of Chemistry in 2008. He was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Law Center in 2009 and was named to the Southern University Law Center Hall of Fame in 2012.
Jené C. Clayton
Associate— Baton Rouge
Jené C. Clayton has joined the firm’s Environmental Group in its Baton Rouge Office. Jené has experience assisting clients in litigation matters involving energy and environmental law.
Jené received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern University in 2016 and her Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center in 2019. After that, Jené went on to obtain her Master of Laws in Environmental and Energy Law at Georgetown University Law Center.