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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Lewis Sutherland

Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Lewis has been practicing environmental law since 1993, and has a broad range of environmental law experience encompassing litigation, business transactions, and client counseling. His litigation practice includes toxic tort, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and a multitude of other statutory and common law claims in both state and federal courts. Lewis’ litigation practice also encompasses a broad range of class action and complex litigation experience arising from toxic tort, products liability, insurance, consumer protection, and other types of actions. He has substantial experience addressing complex scientific and engineering issues in the litigation context, and has worked with nationally recognized scientific experts in a number of different fields to address failure analysis investigations and to develop related expert testimony.

United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

In a potentially precedent-setting case, Vinson & Elkins LLP’s ‘vibrant’ practice is representing the San Miguel Electric Cooperative in RCRA, Clean Water Act, and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act enforcement actions filed by the family owning a ranch adjacent to the client’s 440 MW lignite-fired electric power plant in South Texas; the lignite was strip-mined and the ranch reclaimed by filling the mine pits with coal ash from the power plant and covering the ash with topsoil; Houston-based practice leader Larry Nettles and Margaret Peloso in Washington DC are working on the matter. In other highlight work, the firm has been assisting clients before the federal and state enforcement agencies and in NGO and private citizen claims in matters relating to contaminated sites, damage to individuals and property, pipeline projects, climate change and the Clean Air Act. Other notable names include Jim Thompson, Lewis Sutherland and senior associate Matthew Dobbins, all in Houston. Ron Tenpas joined the Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in October 2018.

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