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Environment: litigation in United States

Arnold & Porter

Offering nationwide coverage, Arnold & Porter is well positioned to handle high-exposure environmental litigation across the country. The full-service practice group has a deep bench of environmental experts and skilled litigators that have built a reputation for acting for industry-leading clients in the energy, chemicals and technology sectors. The team has an impressive track record in high-stakes litigation involving myriad federal and state environmental law components. The group is especially well known for the defense of class actions, toxic torts, Natural Resource Damages (NRD) liability, as well as novel climate change and public nuisance suits. Brian Israel, who is a preeminent practitioner for NRD claims, oversees the practice from Washington DC, which also houses Michael Daneker, who is routinely retained as primary defense counsel in class actions and toxic tort lawsuits throughout the country. Another name to note in this area is Elissa Preheim in Washington DC. Also of note is the firm's Proposition 65 practice, which has successfully challenged regulations and chemicals listings under the California law. San Francisco-based Trent Norris and Sarah Esmaili are key contacts for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Brian Israel

Other key lawyers:

Michael Daneker; Trent Norris; Sarah Esmaili; Elissa Preheim; Allison Rumsey

Key clients

BP/Atlantic Richfield Company

Honeywell International, Inc.

The Chemours Company

Bayer/Monsanto

Wolverine Worldwide

Warner Lambert

Mosaic Global

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., 7-Eleven, BP West Coast Products (which operates convenience stores), and Yum Donuts

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Work highlights

  • Serving as lead environmental counsel to Chemours on a range of regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters relating to the discovery of chemicals in the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.
  • Acting as lead toxic tort litigation counsel to Honeywell in the defense of a consolidated class action and approximately 52 individual toxic tort suits in federal and state court arising out of the presence of PFOA in the groundwater and municipal water supply of Hoosick Falls, New York.
  • Representing BP in 19 novel climate change lawsuits filed by state and local governments in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington, and by a fishermen’s trade association.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The environmental litigation and mass tort group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP specializes in cutting-edge prosecution and defense of civil and criminal environmental litigation, which usually concern bet-the-company cases involving environmental disasters or novel theories of liability. Demonstrating a renowned cross-border capability and leveraging its close ties to other practice groups within the firm, the team represents leading corporations in multi-plaintiff toxic tort matters in the US and abroad. Litigation involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is another strong point for the department, which is jointly led by Daniel Nelson and Stacie Fletcher in Washington DC. Also in DC, Raymond Ludwiszewski in recognized for his experience in environmental litigation and regulatory matters, and Michael Murphy is counsel of choice for government contractors in Superfund litigation. The firm also boasts a strong offering on the West Coast, where names to note include Patrick Dennis, a seasoned litigator focusing on toxic tort and CERCLA cost recovery; and Perlette Jura, who stands out for her cross-border work and Proposition 65 expertise. Both are based in the Los Angeles office.

Practice head(s):

Stacie Fletcher; Daniel Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Dennis; Michael Murphy; Peter Modlin; Perlette Jura; Raymond Ludwiszewski; Andrea Neuman; Pete Seley

Key clients

Chevron

Daimler and Mercedes-Benz USA

Association of Global Automakers

Major players in the coffee industry, including Nestlé USA, J.M. Smucker, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks, Gavina, and Keurig Dr. Pepper

PepsiCo and Nestlé

Marathon Petroleum

Boeing

General Electric Company

Western States Petroleum Association

Zurich American Insurance

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has secured its position in the top echelons of the US environmental legal market given its presence in a lead role capacity on some of the most high-profile environmental litigation cases over the past four decades. Leading corporations in the chemicals, energy, manufacturing, transport and defense sectors routinely seek the team's advice on and representation in high-stakes environmental disputes involving toxic tort, air and water quality, climate change and insurance matters. The nationwide environment, land and resources department is under the leadership of James Arnone in Los Angeles and Janice Schneider in Washington DC, while the environmental litigation practice is led by renowned trial lawyer Mary Rose Alexander. Alexander is recommended for her long-standing experience in multi-state and multi-forum environmental litigation, defending companies in some of their most challenging matters. Robin Hulshizer is another name to note in Chicago. On the West Coast, San Diego-based Robert Howard has strong credentials in high-profile criminal and civil environmental cases in federal and state courts.

Practice head(s):

James Arnone; Janice Schneider; Mary Rose Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Robin Hulshizer; Robert Howard; Shawn Cobb; Gary Gengel; Kegan Brown

Testimonials

‘They are quick, selective and prescriptive. My go-to when I want to win.’

‘Close to 20 years ago, I met and developed an ongoing relationship with Gary Gengel. Gary is unassuming, confident, demonstrative and insightful in his stewardship of clients and of the leadership he provides those he sponsors. These qualities are not only evidenced by his advancement to Latham (and his many clients who have followed him), but Gary is able to navigate consensus where conflict would be naturally assumed. Further, his leadership, or perhaps just in the merging of styles, I have found that his partners in environmental matters across the firm have had a consistently reliable affability, giving clients the confidence to trust Latham, and even sometimes just themselves, with a curated path to resolution.’

‘National practice; expertise in local, state and national environmental matters.’

‘Collaborates across practice areas and between offices to build the best team for the client.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and knack for developing novel theories. Overall pleasure to work with. Receptive to be pushed to think harder and more creatively.’

Key clients

Baxter International

Bloom Energy

Chevron

Clorox

Dow Chemical

Gannett

General Dynamics

Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer)

Montrose Chemical Company

Navistar

Northrup Grumman

Sequa

Weyerhaeuser Company

Work highlights

  • Represents Clorox in a first-of-its-kind public nuisance case targeting ten large US consumer product companies for plastics pollution in the world’s oceans.
  • Represented Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, in securing a favorable jury verdict in a high-profile lawsuit that involved product liability, consumer protection, and breach of warranty claims.
  • Acts for Montrose Chemical Corporation of California in litigation and administrative proceedings regarding the Montrose Superfund Site in Los Angeles.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

A popular destination for companies in the oil and gas, electric power, chemical and manufacturing industries, Baker Botts L.L.P. showcases a strong track record of achieving the right outcome for clients in environmental litigation at trial and in settlement negotiations. The environmental, safety and incident response team is adept at assisting clients with resolving issues arising under every major environmental statute and regulatory program, ranging from natural resource damage claims, climate tort cases, class actions stemming from oil spills and chemical releases, to federal and state CERCLA cost-recovery matters. Heading up the practice from Houston is Scott Janoe, who advises clients on the full suite of environmental issues. Washington DC-based Steve Solow has experience advocating for energy companies in relation to environmental incidents that are the subject of government investigations and criminal enforcement, which is also an area of focus for first-chair trial lawyer Nadira Clarke, also in the DC office.

Practice head(s):

Scott Janoe

Other key lawyers:

Steve Solow; Nadira Clarke; Megan Berge

Testimonials

‘Baker Botts provides outstanding legal advice and practical solutions to our problems. They are also proactive in helping us understand and assess not just the legal issues that are right in front of us, but those that may be further out on the horizon. They understand how to partner with their clients.’

‘Megan Berge is our primary lawyer, and she is among the finest litigators I have had the privilege of working with. I trust her skill and her judgment completely, and without reservation. We also work with Joshua Frank, who is an outstanding lawyer, easy to work with, and extremely knowledgeable. They do a fantastic job bringing other resources in when needed, and in both instance, I know that if they are handling the matter, it will be handled with an outstanding degree of care and competence.’

Key clients

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

TPC Group Inc.

LG&E and KU Energy LLC

CITGO Petroleum

OXY USA

Glenn Springs Holdings

HESS CORPORATION

REPSOL S.A.

SUNOCO LP

GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AAUTHORITY

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

NDT SYSTEMS, INC.

WOOD GROUP USA, INC.

BCCA APPEAL GROUP

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.

Work highlights

  • Representing INTERCONTINENTAL TERMINALS COMPANY LLC in a variety of matters, including numerous private party lawsuits and three class actions, arising from a multi-day fire at ITC’s Deer Park terminal in March 2019.
  • Acting for TPC GROUP, INC. in a variety of matters, including an enforcement action by the State of Texas and over 20 private party cases, arising out of two explosions at its chemical plant in Port Neches, TX.
  • Representing Exxon Mobil Corporation in multiple actions filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the US Court of Federal Claims against the US for reimbursement of past and future environmental clean-up costs for historical, wartime contamination at two of the company’s oil refinery complexes.

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Fully dedicated to environmental law and litigation, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. stands out for its breadth and depth of expertise in the field. Leveraging a nationwide presence, the firm fields an experienced bench of environmental litigation attorneys that often represent major companies and trade associations in the oil and gas, waste management and chemical industries in high-stakes cases across the country. These often involve soil and water contamination, citizen suits, toxic tort and enforcement defense, but the team is particularly recognized for its success in pursuing or defending complex contaminated site cost recovery claims. The litigation department is co-chaired by CERCLA litigation expert Megan Brillault, who is based in New York, and Anthony Michaels  in Washington DC. Also in DC, John Cruden is recognized as one of the country's premier environmental lawyers. Other key individuals include John Guttman , who devotes a substantial part of his practice to the defense of natural resource damages (NRD) claims, and splits his time between DC and New York; and Seattle-based David Weber, who is proficient in contaminated site cleanups under federal and state laws.

Practice head(s):

Megan Brillault; Anthony Michaels

Other key lawyers:

John Cruden; Loren Dunn; John Guttmann; Benjamin Wilson; Susan Smith; David Friedland; David Weber; Bina Reddy; Julius Redd;

Key clients

Duke Energy (Monitorship)

Volkswagen AG (Monitorship)

Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.

EVRAZ Inc. NA (Oregon Steel)

City of Newark

Waste Connections, Inc.

Sunoco Inc.

Long Beach Unified School District

Westlands Water District

Work highlights

  • Served as environmental counsel to corporate compliance monitor in Volkswagen AG (VW) emissions settlement as part of VW’s $2.8bn criminal plea agreement with the US Department of Justice.
  • Served as the Court-Appointed Monitor in the Duke Energy matter, which arose from criminal charges brought by the US Department of Justice against Duke Energy for a coal ash spill into the Dan River in 2014.
  • Represented a coalition of companies and trade associations (including the National Waste & Recycling Association and the Energy Recovery Council), led by Wheelabrator, in a lawsuit challenging an unprecedented air ordinance enacted by the City of Baltimore that conflicts with federal and state air emissions limits and permits.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP fields a team of expert litigators, which is renowned for its skills in achieving appellate-level success and representing clients before the Supreme Court. The department has extensive experience navigating complex environmental and administrative litigation on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and other major entities, with recent highlights including disputes involving mass toxic tort, cost recovery actions, CERCLA claims and citizen suits pursuant to the full array of environmental statutes. Offering nationwide coverage, the group is jointly headed by former national director of the EPA's air and civil enforcement programs Adam Kushner in Washington DC, and Scott Reisch in the Denver office. Another key contact in DC is James Banks, who is often retained by clients from the manufacturing, oil and gas and waste management sectors. The group has been bolstered by the arrival of former chief counsel of litigation for Koch Industries Jennifer Adams (Houston) and the arrivals of California-based partner Tom Boer (San Francisco) and of counsel Diana Martin (Los Angeles), the both of whom joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kushner; Scott Reisch

Other key lawyers:

James Banks; Jennifer Adams; Tom Boer; Diana Martin; Hayley Fink

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells has more than 100 years of experience as a worldwide law firm and trained staff with hundreds of years of combined experience. Due to the amount of staff the firm can complete more than one task at a time and within a reasonable time. They have litigated in areas such as Air, Water, RCRA, CERCLA, NEPA, ESA, DOI and FERC. Outstanding experience, cases/projects in broad compliance areas and government agencies.’

‘The Lead in environmental matters and Point of Contact for PREPA (Adam Kushner) has more than 35 years of experience. Hayley Fink also provides vast amount of technical and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

Millennium Pipeline Co.

Troy Chemical Corporation, Inc.

Redwood City Plant Site LLC

Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Southern California Edison

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Tributary Agencies

Texas LNG Brownsville LLC

Apartment Investment & Management Company (AIMCO)

Brixmor Property Group

Keystone Original Generator Defendants Group

IBM

Earle M. Jorgensen Company

Laramie Energy, LLC

Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Umicore

Viant Medical

Mersen USA

Clark Construction

Regal Entertainment Group

Clariant Corporation

Bechtel

Prologis

Railway Supply Institute

Meritor, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defending IBM in federal court litigation brought by Stratus Redtail Ranch under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), which includes the successful dismissal of a CERCLA liability claim.
  • Defending a challenge to Texas LNG Brownsville’s air quality permit, issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), in an administrative trial before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
  • Serving as lead trial counsel for intervenor Redwood City Plant Site LLC (a/k/a Saltworks) in San Francisco Baykeeper et al. v. US EPA, 3:19-cv-05941 (N.D. Cal.) and the associated case State of California v. US EPA, 3:19-cv-05943 (N.D. Cal.).

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides comprehensive environmental law assistance to multinational clients across a variety of industries in domestic and international contentious matters. The team is a popular destination for energy companies (chiefly in the oil and gas segment), but is also engaged by household names from the automobile, manufacturing, and real estate development sectors. With expertise in air, water, natural resources, chemicals and waste, the specialist team has a strong profile in multi-party environmental disputes before federal and state courts, and is particularly rated for its work at the intersection of environmental regulatory issues and litigation. Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan (a go-to environmental counsel for oil and gas industry clients) jointly coordinate the practice from Washington DC. Chuck Knauss is another name to note in DC; he combines expertise in environmental and energy regulations, litigation and risk management. On the West Coast, Shannon Broome has a wealth of experience in climate change nuisance suits, incident response and enforcement action defense. She is based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Samuel Brown; Kerry McGrath; Andrew Turner; Karma Brown; Clare Ellis; Alexandra Hamilton; Lauren Bachtel; William Brownell

Testimonials

‘Hunton Andrews Kurth has a very deep EHS bench and works collaboratively. I have been able to leverage their expertise on a broad range of topics, including PSD permitting, NPDES permitting, RCRA, TSCA, and OSHA.’

‘Sam Brown sets the bar for how relationship partners should interact with clients. He is incredibly responsive and committed to always finding the best and most efficient team for any given project. He also leverages his longtime EPA experience to provide well-considered strategic advice for a broad range of projects.’

Key clients

NuStar Energy L.P.

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Redwood City Industrial Salt Works LLC

Brick Industry Association

American Iron and Steel Institute

Work highlights

  • Assisted NuStar Energy with crisis management and regulatory/litigation responses to a fire/explosion in two ethanol tanks at the client’s Shore Terminal’s facility.
  • Represented a coalition of oil and gas industry groups as defendant-intervenors before the US Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP possesses extensive first-chair disputes experience, evidenced by its impressive track record in high-exposure environmental litigation throughout the country. With environmental specialists in Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC and California, the firm has served as lead counsel in trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings involving groundwater, waste, soil, water, air and climate issues. Of particular note, the group is renowned for its energy law credentials, fielding specialist knowledge in environmental issues relating to project development, including Clean Air Act disputes and citizen suits. Granta Nakayama heads up the environmental, health and safety practice from Washington DC, while the global toxic and environmental torts group is led by Carol Wood in Houston. Tracie Renfroe is a core member of the Houston-based team; she specializes in the defense of energy and industrial clients in toxic tort and environmental contamination matters. Disputes involving chemical exposure, groundwater contamination, the Clean Water Act and RCRA are among Douglas Henderson's notable fields of activity; he is based in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Carol Wood; Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Tracie Renfroe; Douglas Henderson; Nick Kayhan; Craig Stanfield; Megan Nishikawa

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

The Renco Group

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Baker Hughes Company

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

Major oil-industry and manufacturing clients; LAOSD Asbestos Cases

BASF Corporation

Sea Island Acquisition, LLC

Lennar Homes of Texas Land and Construction, Ltd.; Lennar Corporation

Total Terminals International LLC

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Georgia Water Supply Providers

Forestar/DR Horton

Rayonier Advanced Material Inc.

Becton, Dickinson (BD Bard)

International Paper Co.

Work highlights

  • Represents Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.
  • Defended Chevron U.S.A. and Chevron Corp. in connection with claims totaling over $1bn following an August 2012 fire at the Richmond, CA refinery.
  • Represents Chevron as lead national trial counsel in numerous cases in which municipalities, water purveyors, State Attorneys General, and individuals claim that water has been contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents clients across the entire spectrum of environmental disputes. The team is adept at handling multi-party trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country, including in the Supreme Court. Receiving robust support from the firm's litigation-focused practice, the environmental team is sought out for assistance with cases involving contaminated property, indemnity issues, Superfund regulations and mass torts. Chicago-based Andrew Langan and Kevin Van Wart are skilled at handling class action lawsuits involving mass tort. Andrew Running, who also sits in the Chicago office, is a contact for claims involving the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Langan; Andrew Running; Kevin Van Wart

Key clients

BP America Inc.

City of Chicago

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Gavin Power LLC

General Motors Co.

Hilco Redevelopment LLC

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Murray Energy Corp.

PennEast Pipeline Co.

PES Holdings LLC

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown fields a team of dedicated environmental and mass tort litigators who work almost exclusively on environmental cases. Leveraging the firm's global presence and its wealth of experience in litigation at state and federal level, the group has the capability to assist with complex environmental litigation cases across the country and overseas. Much of the work handled by the firm within the sector is led from its Chicago office, which has over the years developed a strong profile for high-profile mass tort claims, PFAS litigation, cleanup and remediation cases, as well as challenges to EPA regulations. Joint practice chairs Rich Bulger and Mark Ter Molen are key figures in the team. Bulger is a popular choice among chemical companies, while Ter Molen excels in large environmental tort class actions. Other notable practitioners include Timothy Bishop, whose experience includes putative class actions, appellate litigation and cases before the Supreme Court, and counsel Jaimy Hamburg, who counsels clients from the oil and gas, manufacturing and mining sectors. Named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Rich Bulger; Mark Ter Molen

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Bishop; Jaimy Hamburg

Testimonials

‘Great expertise and experience.’

‘Mark Ter Molen is top notch!’

Key clients

3M Company

National Pork Producers Council

American Farm Bureau Federation

United States Sugar Corporation

American Petroleum Institute

Veolia S.A.

National Mining Association

Foster Farms

Weyerhaeuser Corporation

Nicor Gas Company

Work highlights

  • Currently represents American multinational corporation, 3M, in significant high-stakes litigation, which includes over 1,000 suits filed by individuals, water suppliers, and units of government at the state and local level.
  • Representing Veolia in one of the highest-profile group of cases in the US regarding the scores of putative class action and individual cases in federal and state courts in Michigan in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.
  • Represents a dozen major industry groups in litigation in district courts across the country in a continuing legal effort to ensure that “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are reasonably defined by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP covers a broad range of environmental litigation and regulatory matters, with significant experience in mass tort related to multiparty hazardous waste lawsuits. The team is routinely retained to represent high-profile chemical and energy clients in citizen actions, Superfund and RCRA litigation as well as in natural resource damage claims. Based in Los Angeles, James Dragna heads up the firm-wide environmental practice; he is a leading figure in the field and is often called upon to assist municipalities with wastewater and water infrastructure litigation. The New Jersey litigation team is overseen by John McGahren, who is a solid performer in environmental litigation and compliance matters. Also recommended in New Jersey is Stephanie Feingold, a contact for toxic tort mass actions and multi-district proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Dragna; John McGahren

Other key lawyers:

Duke McCall; Stephanie Feingold; Randall Levine

Testimonials

‘The Morgan Lewis Environmental Litigation team is experienced, knowledgeable about the law, knowledgeable about the plaintiffs’ attorneys and brings a practical approach to litigation and dispute management / resolution.’

‘We have had success working with John McGahren and Stephanie Feingold.’

Key clients

Southern California Gas Company

BKK Joint Defense Group

TDY and Allegheny Technologies, Inc.

Celanese Corporation and affiliates

HollyFrontier Corporation

Southern California Edison

Verizon Communications Inc.

SL Industries

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Stepan Company

Wallace Silversmiths de Puerto Rico, Ltd., a subsidiary of Lifetime Brands, Inc. (WSPR)

Handy & Harman, Handy & Harman Electronic Materials Corp., Steel Partners Holdings, L.P., and Plessey Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Serving as coordinating counsel for Southern California Gas Company for all litigation matters stemming from the Porter Ranch gas leak.
  • Represents Celanese Corporation and its affiliates in proceedings related to the cleanup of the Lower Passaic River, which is listed on the USEPA Administrator’s list of Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action.
  • Continues to advise Sherwin-Williams regarding its remediation of two listed and one proposed Superfund sites in Camden County, New Jersey.

Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird LLP has more than three decades worth of experience in complex environmental litigation involving all federal environmental statutes along with their state counterparts. With attorneys based in Atlanta, Washington DC and California, the practice is regularly engaged by clients from high-risk industries to handle mass torts and class actions, citizen suits and enforcement matters. Jeffrey Dintzer in Los Angeles serves as lead trial counsel in several high-profile environmental litigation matters, attracting mandates from the energy, manufacturing and defense sectors. Matt Wickersham is another name to note in LA for oil and gas clients. Based in Atlanta, Clay Massey excels in mass tort claims and land use disputes.

Practice head(s):

Doug Arnold; Nicki Carlsen

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Dintzer; Clay Massey; Matt Wickersham; Meaghan Boyd

Testimonials

‘Jeffrey Dintzer and Matt Wickersham are fully engaged in the legal issues that matter to the Energy Industry. They follow all of the relevant litigation and regulatory developments, even when they are not being paid to do it. They know why we are calling before we call.’

‘The team has taken the time to learn our industry, which I consider Ground Zero of environmental litigation in California. That knowledge extends beyond the law to the technical processes that are increasingly controlled by regulation. Jeffrey Dintzer is known in the environmental community as a force to be reckoned with. He’s the attorney that you want on your side in bet-the-farm litigation. I’ve witnessed his compelling oral argument, with quick and insightful pivots in response to judges’ questions.’

‘Matt Wickersham never says no when I call with an urgent request. I’ve seem him easily absorb complex financial data from one interviewee and dense technical data from another interviewee in the next hour. Finally, he’s always willing to consider my outlandish ideas and help me think them through.’

‘The people at Alston and Bird are their greatest asset. They are capable and inventive in all of the legal issues that we have faced. The partners are all incredible litigators. The associates are all extremely sharp and organized. Alston and Bird is great with putting specialty people in positions for us to succeed. They are capable of recommending experts. They also work great with our contractors and bridging the gaps between our work and legal issues.’

‘Clay Massey is a fantastic attorney whether it is in mediations or litigation. His ability during litigation to improvise and adapt to some of the absurdities that we’ve faced in court have been truly impressive. Nowell Berreth is another partner that I’ve worked with for almost 9 years. He is always poised in any situation that we may request last minute. Phil Sandick is an associate that helps manage our contractors and organizes and track every aspect of our cases.’

‘The Alston & Bird Team has a thorough understanding of the law. You can tell when you discuss an issue with them. They will do the necessary research to confirm, but on land use issues, no one else that we have used compares (and I have had experience with many). Clay Massey and Meaghan Boyd are the two that I have the most contact with in the firm now. These folks are fun to work with and they think well on their feet. I have found their work to be very thorough and they bring the most up to date perspectives on the law.’

‘The team is very responsive with a focus on meeting the client’s needs no matter the inconvenience or hardship. The team is very skilled from a substantive standpoint and proficient at explaining the cases, risks, legal analysis in terms that can be easily understood both by in-house counsel and non-lawyer participants. The team is honest – they will tell the facts no matter if they are good or bad – there is never and issue with gilding the lily and telling the client what they might prefer to hear. In these respects I would say the team is above similar firms that provide services to the company. The team is receptive to suggestions from the client on how the staff and structure the team that does work for the client.’

‘The Alston & Bird team is special because its lawyers are very experienced trial lawyers, and also possess a great deal of legal expertise in the environmental law arena. Jeffrey Dintzer is one of the best environmental litigators I’ve worked with at any firm across the country. He’s smart, practical and tenacious. He pays attention to detail, is an very effective writer. He’s really persuasive in court and is a very strong communicator. His team supports him in all necessary ways.’

‘The team includes experts who can advice on the front end of environmental compliance and real in-court litigators on the back end to defend as well. The complete team is the best in the state. The team advised on the largest CEQA EIR in California’s history and has the best track record against baseless activist lawsuits. Jeffrey Dintzer is super knowledgeable, aggressive and he runs a lean, cost efficient team.’

Key clients

Five Point Holdings, LLC

Heritage Field El Toro, LLC

Aera Energy

Goodrich Corporation

Raytheon Corporation

Chevron U.S.A, Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries

Shell Oil Company

Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company LLC

Vulcan Materials Company

Work highlights

  • Served as lead trial counsel in securing a victory for Aera Energy when the court of appeal affirmed a defense judgment in Aera’s favor stemming from a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups against the State of California seeking to revoke permits that were issued to Aera for over 200 new wells in the South Belridge Oil Field.
  • Representing Schnitzer Steel and MMGL in connection with sediment contamination at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, one of the largest Superfund sites in the country, located on a ten-mile stretch of the Willamette River that runs through the Industrial section of Portland, Oregon.
  • Represents Sterigenics, a global medical sterilization company, in a number of disputes concerning its longstanding Atlanta sterilization facility.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP is particularly rated for its advice to clients facing complex challenges that arise simultaneously in litigation and agency actions. Leveraging close working relations with the firm's white-collar defense, appellate and environmental regulatory practices, the team has the ability to handle high-exposure environmental litigation, especially in the context of energy infrastructure development and permitting issues. Practice leader Jason Hutt has specialist experience in crisis management and response related to major industrial accidents, and is the trusted adviser to several carbon-based and renewable energy companies, project developers and investors. Fellow co-head Jeffrey Holmstead is a leading figure in the Clean Air Act and climate change sphere. Both are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hutt; Jeffrey Holmstead

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Ewing; Ann Navaro; Matthew Paulson; David Super; Timothy Wilkins; Brittany Pemberton

Key clients

Equinor Wind (f/k/a Statoil Wind)

The Dow Chemical Company

Valero

Venoco, LLC

Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC

Vopak Americas

Work highlights

  • Advises Equinor on numerous aspects of its US offshore wind development portfolio, including permitting, environmental impact analysis, strategic communications, government affairs, energy regulatory, intellectual property, labor, commercial, real estate and tax.
  • Representing Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and Permian Highway Pipeline LLC (Kinder Morgan) regarding the Permian Highway Pipeline, a 428-mile intrastate pipeline that will transport natural gas from West Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Defending the Dow Chemical Company in a multimedia state and federal enforcement action involving alleged environmental noncompliance at Dow’s Sabine, Texas facility.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP's environmental and toxic tort litigation practice is adept at trying high-stakes cases, including those involving alleged soil, water and air pollution. On the civil litigation side, it acts for clients from the chemical, mining, manufacturing and other industrial sectors in mass torts, citizen suits and enforcement actions, demonstrating broad appellate capabilities and advising on the full array of environmental laws. The practice also has strong credentials in the government enforcement space. It is under the joint leadership of three partners: Philadelphia-based David Mandelbaum, a key contact for Superfund sites; David Weinstein, a seasoned trial lawyer who leads on environmental litigation work from Tampa; and Kerri Barsh, who is based in the Miami office.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Barsh; David Mandelbaum; David Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bell; Francis Citera; Christopher Torres; Steven Russo; Christopher Neumann; Tim Swickard; Kaitlyn Maxwell

Key clients

Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Green Hills Memorial Park

Shopoff Realty Investments

Duke Energy Independent Monitor

FMC Corporation

PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority

Apex Oil Co.

National Foam, Inc.

Verizon

State of Dakota

Genesee & Wyoming

Orlando Utilities Commission

Lockheed Martin

Work highlights

  • Decertified a large putative class action brought against Mosaic Fertilizer.
  • Completed a five-year appointment as independent monitor overseeing Duke Energy’s compliance with a complex set of debarment and other agreements arising from Duke’s guilty plea to criminal misdemeanour violations of the Clean Water Act.
  • Represented Verizon in a multi-defendant enforcement action brought by the State of New Jersey.

Jenner & Block LLP

With extensive experience in environmental litigation before state and federal courts across the US, Jenner & Block LLP is skilled at handling civil, administrative and criminal proceedings on behalf of clients from a variety of industries. CERCLA cost recovery lawsuits, natural resource damage claims and toxic tort cases are some of the group's core strengths. The Chicago-based practice is under the leadership of Gabrielle Sigel, a key contact for cost recovery actions and claims related to the release of hazardous substances; and Steven Siros, who focuses on natural resource damage claims and RCRA matters. Andi Samuels Kenney and Allison Torrence are recommended for cases involving air permitting and toxic tort cases, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Sigel; Steven Siros

Other key lawyers:

Allison Torrence; Andi Samuels Kenney

Testimonials

‘The Jenner team is extremely responsive and provides great work.’

‘Steve Siros has been a trusted advisor of our company and has assisted us with a number of complicated matters consistently providing top quality work and responsiveness.’

‘The team brings a wide breadth of experience in a variety of environmental issues. I also highly respect and appreciate the degree to which the Jenner & Block firm as a whole is a top notch litigation firm. So that litigation expertise also extends into their environmental practice as well.’

‘Steve Siros has an easy-going practicality that I appreciate. He seeks compromise where appropriate.’

Key clients

General Dynamics Corporation

Exelon Corporation/Commonwealth Edison Co.

Bath Iron Works Corporation

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

PM Global Services

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc.

Fox Corporation

Canadian National Railroad

Olin Winchester Corporation

Port of Oakland

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Amazon Air

ViacomCBS

United Tribes of Bristol Bay

HarbisonWalker International Refractory Products

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc.

Belco Industrial Services, LLC

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Serves as national environmental counsel for General Dynamics (GD), representing the company in significant Superfun matters across the country and defending it in environmental and toxic tort litigation.
  • Represented Amtrak in litigation and remediation of an Amtrak train yard located in Chicago, Illinois, adjacent to the Chicago River.
  • Represents Bath Iron Works (BIW) in connection with litigation relating to environmental contamination in the Lower Passaic River and the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site.

Jones Day

Jones Day's environmental practice fields a sizeable team of experienced lawyers based throughout the US and Europe, who regularly handle large-scale environmental litigation. The group is skilled at representing clients from the chemical, energy, waste management and manufacturing sectors in environmental lawsuits before federal and state courts. Practice head Kevin Holewinski has a strong background in climate change, toxic tort and bankruptcy litigation; he is based in Washington DC. The firm also has a substantial offering in California, where Thomas Donnelly in San Francisco assists with administrative proceedings, toxic tort cases and other environmental disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Holewinski

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Donnelly; Jane Story; Daniella Einik; Daniel Corbertt

Key clients

United Affiliates Corporation

GenOn

CBS Corporation

Taiwan Cement Corporation

Midshore Riverkeepers

Fluor Corporation

Eaton Corporation

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

The environmental litigation group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is regularly retained by government entities, port authorities and industrial players in large natural resource damages and contamination cases in the US. Core areas of activity for the team include cost-recovery claims under CERCLA and state equivalents, as well as matters involving PFAS industrial discharges. The practice is jointly led by William Jackson and John Gilmour, who are both based in Houston and are rated for their in-depth knowledge of litigation and administrative actions regarding emerging contaminants (PFAS).

Practice head(s):

William Jackson; John Gilmour

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Cooperman; William Petit; Kenny Corley; Andrew Homer; David Reap; Melissa Byroade

Testimonials

‘The team is highly capable, knowledgeable, and amicable.’

‘Bill Jackson, Kenny Corley and Andrew Homer are excellent litigators and thoughtful advisors.’

‘The team combines excellent litigation skills with in-depth environmental regulatory and technical expertise.’

‘Bill Jackson, Andrew Homer, and Kenny Corley are standout litigators with superior knowledge of environmental regulations and administrative practice.’

‘Knowledgeable, creative, efficient. A leading environmental law firm nationally.’

‘Bill Jackson and John Gilmour are two of the top environmental litigators in the nation.’

Key clients

The State of New Mexico

Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

The State of Ohio

San Diego Unified Port District (the “Port of San Diego”)

Territory of Guam

Key Energy Services, LLC

The State of New Jersey

Tex-Mix Partners, Ltd. d/b/a Tex Mix Concrete

The Valero Companies

Work highlights

  • Retained by several public and private sector clients to represent them in PFAS or aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) over twenty separate litigation matters across the country.
  • Represents the State of New Mexico in asserting claims arising out of the 2015 Gold King Mine blowout—an environmental disaster that released more than 3 million gallons of acid rock drainage, heavy metals and tailings into the Animas and San Juan Rivers.
  • Serves as Special Counsel to the State of Ohio and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in a lawsuit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and The Chemours Company over the company’s decades-long discharge of a perfluorinated chemical (PFOA) from its Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

In addition to the traditional areas of environmental law, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has in-depth knowledge of legal issues pertaining to land use and natural resources. Enforcement defense, climate change and alternative energy development are areas of recent growth for the environmental team, which works closely with regulatory, appellate and insurance recovery experts throughout litigation proceedings. Furthermore, the group has a strong reputation in matters involving air and water pollution control, hazardous waste management and Superfund sites. Based in Los Angeles, Mark Elliott  chairs the firm-wide environmental group, which also includes Margaret Rosegay , who oversees the San Francisco team, Amanda Halter  in Houston, and Jeffrey Knight  in Washington DC. Michael McDonough   is a contact in Los Angeles for environmental administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Elliott; Margaret Rosegay; Amanda Halter; Jeffrey Knight

Other key lawyers:

Michael McDonough; Tom Van Wyngarden

Key clients

Safety-Kleen of California

TopBuild Inc.

Walmart

Chevron Corporation

Kinder Morgan

Teck Metals Ltd.

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Air Products and Chemicals

Arkema

Murray Energy

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP has a solid reputation for environmental litigation, spanning all major federal environmental statutes, as well as several state laws. Washington DC-based David Buente is a name to note for environmental litigation and federal enforcement.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a record of success in assisting clients with complex environmental litigation, including multi-party cases. Securing and defending key permits for development projects, including contested water, air and wasteland permits, is a core strength of the practice. It also has demonstrated expertise in historical contamination cases. Houston-based environmental law practitioner Larry Nettles oversees the group with preeminent litigator Ronald Tenpas in Washington DC. Another name to note in DC is Margaret Peloso, who brings to the table proficiency in climate change risk management and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Larry Nettles; Ronald Tenpas

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Marwell; Margaret Peloso; Conrad Bolston

Key clients

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

Blackstone Energy Partners

Blue Racer Midstream

Bluewing Midstream LLC

Daseke, Inc.

Enable Midstream

Enbridge/Atlantic Bridge Pipeline

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Global Companies, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Greer Capital Corporation

Gulf Coast Ammonia

IAV GmbH

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc

NextEra Energy, Inc.

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc.

Northwoods Energy, LLC

Oasis Petroleum, Inc.

Pembina Inc./Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Popular Bank

Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Rosehill Resources

San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Sandy Creek Services

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

SemGroup Corporation

Softbank

Southwest Business Properties, Inc.

Spire Storage West

Targa Resources Partners LP

Texas Eastern Transmission, LP

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Defending San Miguel Electric Corporation in the citizen-initiated enforcement actions filed under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act, and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.
  • Acting for Greer Capital Corporation in negotiating with the EPA regarding the form of clean-up the agency will require and who will implement the remedy in an effort to reduce the cost relating to an asbestos case from a facility Greer Capital was the landlord of.
  • Representing  Gulf Coast Ammonia, LLC in its application for a wastewater discharge permit that triggered public opposition.

Dentons

Dentons represents clients in a variety of environmental litigation in federal and state courts. The environment and natural resources group is led by Atlanta-based Todd Silliman whose experience covers CERCLA and NEPA cases. The firm also boasts a deep bench of environmental experts in California, who focus chiefly on Proposition 65 litigation, drawing upon the firm's reputation in chemical and pesticides regulatory issues. Names to note for this type of work are Gary Roberts, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Sacramento, and Stanley Landfair in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Todd Silliman

Other key lawyers:

Robert Schuda; Stanley Landfair; Gary Roberts

Key clients

Waste Management

DeKalb County, Georgia

Mason & Hanger Corporation

California Rice Commission and USA Rice Federation

North American Meat Institute

Dow AgroSciences LLC

BASF Corp.

CropLife America

Spectrum Brands

Syngenta Corp Protection LLC

Work highlights

  • Obtained dismissal of a high-profile Clean Water Act citizen suit brought in federal court by an environmental group against DeKalb County, Georgia.
  • Secured a favorable judgment confirming that rice grown in the United States is clean and healthy, and established health-based safe-harbor levels for certain naturally-occurring chemical elements, below which no Proposition 65 warnings are required.
  • Secured the dismissal of a lawsuit against a corporation that holds a family’s property interests in land on Cumberland Island, Georgia.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates is skilled at handling a huge variety of environmental mandates, ranging from regulatory and permitting matters to federal environmental litigation. The group provides nationwide coverage and assists clients with environmental law issues, spanning air, water, wetlands, mining and waste management. Brian Montag  coordinates the firm's global environment, land and natural resources practice from Newark; his areas of expertise include toxic tort litigation, Superfund matters and administrative proceedings. Fellow co-heads Craig Wilson  (Harrisburg) and Ankur Tohan  (Seattle) are other points of contact.

Practice head(s):

Brian Montag; Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan

Other key lawyers:

David Raphael

Key clients

Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group

Bayonne Barrel & Drum Site PRP Group

The Brooklyn Improvement Company

New York Racing Association

Sharkey Landfill Agreement Group

SPMT

First National Bank

Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania

Next Decade

Millennium Bulk Terminals

City of Seattle

Port of Portland

Puget Sound Shellfish Growers Legal Defense Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing the Lower Passaic River Study Area CPG, which is engaged in a CERCLA remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) of the Lower Passaic River Superfund Site in Northern New Jersey.
  • Advising Millennium Bulk Terminals on a matter involving multiple local, state, and federal approvals to develop a transloading facility on the Columbia River to move Powder River Basin coal from rail to vessels for shipment to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
  • Assisting the Port of Portland in an Environmental Protection Agency-led clean-up of contaminated river sediments.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP fields a group of environmental and regulatory specialists whose experience cuts across air, waste, water and brownfields. With a strong presence in Clean Air Act litigation matters, the team is also capable of assisting clients in toxic tort, citizen suits and nuisance claims. Charlotte-based David Franchina chairs the environmental practice, while Vishwa Link leads on regulatory and compliance matters and Diane Flannery oversees the toxic tort litigation offering from Richmond. The practice has recently expanded its ranks in Washington DC with the addition of three environmental partners from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in April 2020: Makram Jaber, whose strengths include enforcement actions; climate change expert Allison Wood; and Aaron Flynn, who is noted for his thorough knowledge of the Clean Air Act.

Practice head(s):

David Franchina; Vishwa Link; Diane Flannery

Other key lawyers:

Allison Wood; Aaron Flynn; Makram Jaber

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Led by William Tarantino, the team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is experienced in litigating cases across the entire spectrum of environmental law. Based in California, the group has carved out a niche in the Proposition 65 arena, having served as lead counsel in critical trials in the past two decades. Recent mandates also demonstrate its broad capabilities in environmental remediation and related class actions, as well as natural resources damage claims. Based in San Francisco, Tarantino specializes in hazardous substances and mass torts, while Michael Steel focuses on multi-party actions. Robert Falk retired in September 2020

Practice head(s):

William Tarantino

Other key lawyers:

Michael Steel; Justin Fisch

Testimonials

‘Good bench for all situations and great cross-functional collaboration across practice areas, to service a complex matter.’

‘William (Bill) Tarantino and Murray Indick offer great personalized services and have a true desire in understanding our business, in order to add value and provide tailored solutions.’

Key clients

Clorox Company

C&D Technologies Inc.

Commerce Trust Company, as trustee of Seven Springs Limited Partnership

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Norcal Harvesting LLC

Array Photonics

Coffee Joint Defense Group

Zinzino AB

Major Retailers (General Merchandise)

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Work highlights

  • Served as defense counsel to Clorox Company in claims alleging that the Clorox-owned prenatal vitamins contained excessive levels of heavy metals.
  • Represents Commerce Trust Company, as trustee of Seven Springs Limited Partnership, in various regulatory and litigation proceedings alleging liability for groundwater contamination that allegedly occurred decades prior to the Partnership’s purchase of the site.
  • Represents more than 70 companies that roast, package, and distribute over 90% of coffee sold in the United States, including Starbucks Corporation, the J.M. Smucker Company, and other major players against a Proposition 65 challenge.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a depth of experience handling environmental enforcement actions, including defense of administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. In addition, the team is highly knowledgeable about Superfund laws, often acting as both individual and group counsel on cost recovery actions, remediation issues and related toxic tort litigation. Based in Houston, Eddie Lewis heads up the firm's environmental law practice in the US; he is trusted by clients facing catastrophic industrial accidents. In the Los Angeles office, Elizabeth Weaver has extensive experience in CERCLA litigation, while Jeff Margulies focuses on class actions.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Weaver; Jeff Margulies; Will Troutman

Testimonials

‘NRF has a very strong Environmental practice with both federal and California specific knowledge. They have working knowledge of local regulators and regulations that assist greatly with decision making on complex local projects. They also assist with contracting and other related services.’

‘NRF has good collaboration between offices, so is able to pull staff or resources from different areas to meet project requirements. They also work well and have technical expertise to discuss activities with experts, which assists with strategy development and interactions with regulatory agencies.’

‘All of the individuals I work with are very responsive and have good working knowledge of both federal and state regulations. They provide sound advice in line with our company culture, risk threshold and goals making for good partners in decision making and interactions with other parties.’

Key clients

KMCO, LLC

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Vulcan Materials Company

ExxonMobil

EOG Corporation

American Coatings Association

Marathon Oil Corporation

TriMas Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

BHP Corporation

Tarkett North America

Work highlights

  • Represented KMCO, LLC in relation to an explosion and subsequent fire on April 2, 2019 at its Crosby, Texas chemical plant.
  • Representing Vulcan in connection with claims brought by the US Environmental Protection Agency for past and future response costs and other damages arising out of alleged releases of hazardous substances into the Passaic River.
  • Representing ExxonMobil in connection with Superfund cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Willamette River at Portland Harbor in Portland, Oregon.

Nossaman LLP

The environmental and land use group at Nossaman LLP is sought after by corporations, public agencies and trade associations in civil and administrative litigation throughout the US. Led by Paul Weiland in Irvine, the group stands out for its ability to handle complex contentious matters involving endangered species and conservation issues. In addition to assisting clients in government clean-up claims and enforcement actions, the practice has particular strength in permitting matters, notably in the defense of public infrastructure projects against state and federal environmental litigation challenges. Mary Lynn Coffee is a notable practitioner in Irvine for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Weiland

Other key lawyers:

Mary Lynn Coffee; Liz Klebaner; Stephanie Clark

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska LLC

Northwest Clean Air Agency

Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition (EWAC)

The Groundfish Forum, United Catcher Boats, and Katie Ann LLC

Ash Grove Cement Company

Texas Department of Transportation

Tejon Ranch Company

City of Ventura, Ventura Water Division

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)

Kern County Water Agency

Southern California Edison (SCE)

City and County of Honolulu

Diversified Pacific Development Company

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Pattern Energy Group LLC

City of Bakersfield

Electron Hydro LLC

Northwest Alloys, Inc.

Pasco Sanitary Landfill, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Currently representing Hilcorp in a Ninth Circuit appeal related to the proposed development of the Liberty Project, the first oil field in federal waters offshore Alaska’s North Slope.
  • Assists Kern County Water Agency regarding the development of a $15bn+ infrastructure project (Delta Conveyance Project) to improve water supply reliability for 25 million Californians and address seismic and climate change-related risks while fulfilling federal and state Endangered Species Act and California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements.
  • Provide environmental and federal wildlife law advice to national coalition of at least 19 members consisting of electric utilities, electric transmission providers, and renewable energy entities operating throughout the US, and related trade associations.

Reed Smith LLP

The nationwide environmental team at Reed Smith LLP offers a multitude of legal services, including assistance with litigation matters involving civil and administrative proceedings, toxic tort and insurance claims. Jennifer Smokelin and Nicolle Bagnell are key figures in the Pittsburgh office; Daniella Landers and Ben Patton are contacts in Houston; and Todd Maiden is a name to note in San Francisco. Environmental specialist Megan Haines recently joined the Pittsburgh office from McGuireWoods LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nicolle Bagnell; Jennifer Smokelin; Benjamin Patton; Daniella Landers; Todd Maiden

Other key lawyers:

Megan Haines

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Based in California, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients before judicial tribunals in all areas of environmental law, with a particular emphasis on soil and groundwater contamination, hazardous waste and air quality issues. On the administrative front, the team is frequently retained to assist with enforcement actions in connection with alleged contamination of industrial sites. Proposition 65 issues also feature in the group's caseload. The team is jointly led by Jeffrey Parker, a key contact for tort and multi-district litigation, and Whitney Roy, who has extensive experience in Proposition 65 matters. Both are based in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Parker; Whitney Roy

Other key lawyers:

Nico van Aelstyn

Key clients

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Rheem Manufacturing, Inc.

Soco West, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Oil Corporation

California State University; San Diego State University

O P I Products, Inc.

Yosemite Slough PRP Group

ESCO Group LLC, a division of The Weir Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Representing the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) as an intervenor defendant with the State of California in a federal lawsuit brought by the US to challenge the State’s agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec linking their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading systems.
  • Represents ESCO Corporation with respect to EPA’s clean-up plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, Oregon, one of EPA’s mega-sites, as well as the ongoing ADR allocation process with approximately ten potentially responsible parties.
  • Represented In-N-Out, a pre-eminent fast food chain operating primarily in the western US, in numerous matters, conducting all environmental due diligence, contracting and permitting associated with the purchase of real estate for new restaurants.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a diverse client base, with particular strength in the chemical, energy, manufacturing and transportation industries. The broad service offering covers cost recovery actions, toxic tort defense and government enforcement matters. The environmental, safety and health department is overseen by Karen Winters in Columbus, whose expertise covers areas including public nuisance claims and cost recovery litigation. Denver-based Carolyn McIntosh is recommended fo remediation issues, and also handles cost recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Karen Winters

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn McIntosh; Doug McWilliams

Key clients

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Ashland, LLC

Manheim Remarketing, Inc.

ArcelorMittal Weirton, LLC

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Sunny Farms Landfill, LLC

Waste Management of Colorado, Inc.

Coeur Rochester, Inc.

Albemarle Corporation

Huntsman Petrochemical

Northshore Mining Company, Northern Conservation, LLC, and United Taconite LLC

Iron Mining Association of Minnesota

Work highlights

  • Defending Ashland, a global chemical manufacturer, against federal litigation alleging breach of contract and tort claims involving environmental, health, and safety issues associated with a chemicals toll manufacturing arrangement.
  • Representing ArcelorMittal Weirton LLC in a case alleging contamination of public water supply system by synthetic chemical compounds, more specifically PFAS, PFOA and PFOS.
  • Defending Manheim Remarketing Inc., North America’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, which is accused of operating wholesale auto auctions at which vehicles with altered emissions control systems were sold by third parties.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP fields a multidisciplinary environmental team in the US that is a strong performer in regulatory litigation matters, focusing on enforcement defense and challenges to agency actions. Furthermore, the practice, which is led by Seth Goldberg in Washington DC and Robert Shuftan in Chicago, is often engaged in Superfund and analogous state matters involving environmental remediation and cost allocation issues. Washington DC-based Cynthia Taub has experience in NEPA permitting and environmental litigation matters, and Derek Smith in Chicago is recommended for toxic tort and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Seth Goldberg; Robert Shuftan

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Taub; Derek Smith; Jason Levin; Anthony Hopp; Carl Burton

Testimonials

‘Steptoe seems to have an endless bench of knowledgeable, personable, and business-minded lawyers. We keep throwing more at them and they keep delivering – always high quality, and always on-time and under-budget. They are the most dependable firm I’ve ever worked with.’

‘Steptoe will address any and every billing issue right up front and give you complete peace of mind on matters even when there are significant unknowns. They are the first firm I have ever worked with that really sits down and gets to know the business, our key drivers, and our stakeholders – and then translates that into a plan that fits all of our various needs.’

‘Robert Shuftan is easily the most available, most knowledgeable, and easiest to work with partner in the business. He anticipates every need and consistently adds value through his deep experience and practical solutions. It’s hard to find an outside counsel that I would say it’s truly a pleasure to work with, but that is exactly how I would describe our relationship with Bob.’

Key clients

Koppers Inc.

Beazer East, Inc. (formerly Koppers Company Inc.)

Lonza (formerly Arch Chemicals)

Koppers Performance Chemicals (formerly Osmose, Inc.)

Troy Chemical Corporation

GROWMARK

Pebble Limited Partnership

All Aboard Florida LLC / Brightline

Portland Harbor/Time Oil

Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership (EELP)

Vulcan Materials Corp

Valvoline

Vi-Jon Inc

Work highlights

  • Retained by Koppers Inc. and Beazer East, Inc. in a series of lawsuits in Minnesota federal district court brought by eleven cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro region in relation to the alleged contamination of municipal storm water ponds.
  • Continuing to act as lead counsel in multiple portfolios of agricultural product exposure cases for clients including Chevron and GROWMARK.
  • Obtained a summary judgment victory for Valvoline when a judge disqualified the plaintiffs’ medical causation theory.

Troutman Pepper

With lawyers strategically located in major markets across the US, Troutman Pepper is well placed to handle litigation concerning federal, state and local environmental law nationwide. Recent highlights included serving as trial and regional counsel in mass tort cases, representing clients from high-risk industries in multi-district class actions, and acting in the defense of citizen suits. Atlanta-based Catherine Little and Fitzgerald Veira coordinate the group, which is noted for its strength in federal rule making litigation. Other names to note in the team include Brooks Smith in Richmond, a key contact for enforcement proceedings, and Mack McGuffey in Atlanta, who focuses on Clean Air Act matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Little; Fitzgerald Veira

Other key lawyers:

Brooks Smith; Mack McGuffey; Patrick Fanning

Key clients

National Mining Association

Southern Mills Inc. d/b/a TenCate Protective Fabrics

Southern Company & Georgia Power Company

Dominion Energy

DeKalb County, Georgia

Red River Coal Company, Inc.; Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance

Republic Services

Virginia Manufacturers Association and AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals

MFG Chemical

Mar-Jac Poultry LLC

City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Kiewit Corporation