of counsel

Victor L. Cardenas Jr.

Houston Lawyer Victor Cardenas

Telephone 713.951.4116
Facsimile 713.652.2419

1980 Post Oak Boulevard,
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77056

areas of practice

Environmental Litigation (Regulatory and Transactional)

Commercial Litigation

Oil and Gas

Premises Liability

Victor L. Cardenas Jr.

Mr. Cardenas joined Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP after more than 8 years with a nationally recognized environmental and litigation law firm, where he was a founding member and shareholder. Mr. Cardenas has been instrumental in helping clients recover historic settlements in watershed environmental cases and successfully litigated multi-million dollar CERCLA contribution actions, railroad cases, contamination cases, and complex commercial disputes.

Mr. Cardenas represents public entities, transportation companies and commercial businesses in complex matters arising under virtually every major federal environmental statute, particularly including the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), in jurisdictions from coast-to-coast. He has extensive experience in Superfund and hazardous substance sites, including negotiation of consent decrees, agreed orders, and settlements, cost-recovery and contribution actions, contaminated property damage and devaluation claims, NRD assessment and litigation, third-party and citizen suits, and other matters relating to contamination or impaired real property. He has also represented commercial landowners in enforcement and administrative proceedings concerning the release and migration of hazardous materials in all environmental media, and coordinated remedial process among various stake-holders.

Mr. Cardenas also advises international and domestic midsize energy, industrial, and transportation sector clients manage their environmental risk through appropriate environmental indemnity clauses, environmental due diligence, and regulatory compliance in cross-border transactions.

Victor uses his diverse business background in the public sector, IT industry, client services, and as a solo practitioner to offer pragmatic and cost effective solutions to complex problems facing his clients. Additionally, Victor’s substantial experience regarding e-discovery in complex litigation matters ensures that his clients are effectively navigating the constantly evolving e-discovery landscape.

Houston Lawyer Victor Cardenas has a long history of active involvement in the Hispanic community as well as other professional and civic organizations.


Texas Southern University, J.D. (with honors) 1999

University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Government 1991

Bar & Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Professional Affiliations & Activities

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association

Mexican American Bar Association

US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Chapter

Houston Buildings and Standards Commission

  • Commissioner, 2006-present

Houston Young Lawyers Association Adopt-an-Angel Program

  • Firm Coordinator

HBA Bilingual Pro Bono Services Program

Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity

Recognition & Awards

Member of the 2012 Sedona Conference Working Group Series

Honored by the Barba Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University by being selected as an adjunct professor to teach a graduate level class in leadership and decision making.

Special contributor to O'Connor's Federal Rules Civil Trial 2007 regarding electronic data discovery updates.

Recognized by The Latino American "Who's Who" Top 100 (2014-2015)

  • Achievements in Advancing the Culture of the Latino American Business Community

Presentations & Publications

Drafting member of the Sedona Conference Working Group Commentary on Rule 34 and Rule 45 Possession, Custody or Control 2012-2014.

Author and Speaker, "Environmental Law Update, New Cases from the Supreme Court," presentation and paper published in the course book for the Advising Businesses in a Troubled Economy, University of Houston Law Foundation Continuing Legal Education, 2009.

Author and Speaker, "Environmental Law Update," presentation and paper published in the course book for the Advising Businesses in a Troubled Economy, University of Houston Law Foundation Continuing Legal Education, 2009.

Author and Speaker, "Environmental Law Update," presentation and paper published in the course book for the Advising Small and Mid-Sized Corporations Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation Continuing Legal Education, 2008.

Co-presenter, "Litigation Management and E-Discovery." 30th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, 2008.

Co-presenter, "Electronic Discovery Obligations for Corporate Counsel," Association of Corporate Counsel of America, 2007.