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Baker Botts L.L.P.
TEXAS 77002-4995
United States

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Section Chair – Environmental Safety & Incident Response (East Coast)


Nadira Clarke is a formidable litigator with first-chair trial experience, she focuses her practice on technically complex, high-stakes matters. She is sought after for her aggressive defense of corporations and executives facing large-scale, multi-faceted governmental investigations. Calm and decisive by nature, she provides leadership and valuable counsel in a crisis.

Nadira previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Well versed in the area of corporate compliance and business ethics, she works with two separate corporate monitor teams appointed by the court to oversee compliance of companies in the wake of criminal prosecution. She previously served as counsel to the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility, where she led internal professional ethics investigations involving federal prosecutors and high-ranking Department of Justice officials.

Early in her career, Nadira served in the highly selective U.S. Attorney General’s Honor Program for the Department of Justice, and worked as a trial attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division, including the Environmental Crimes Section and the Natural Resource Section. She was also selected to serve as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

Nadira is a frequent industry speaker, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2013). Her pro bono work includes mentoring and litigating sex-discrimination and political asylum cases.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

With an impressive client roster including a number of well-known energy companies, Baker Botts L.L.P. is highly regarded for handling trial litigation involving environmental law issues. The firm’s deep environmental bench offers coast-to-coast expertise and is regularly involved in multi-media cases arising from natural resource damage claims, climate tort, class actions stemming from environmental accidents, and CERCLA cost-recovery matters. Practitioners bring to the table experience in every major environmental statute and regulatory program, and are often sought after by clients responding to crisis situations, including oil spills and chemical releases, Superfund cases and remedial work. Houston-based Scott Janoe, who has nearly two decades’ experience in environmental litigation, enforcement defense and crisis management, oversees the group with Megan Berge  in Washington DC. Berge stands out for her proficiency in permitting, climate change and ESG matters. Other key inidividuals to note in DC include Steve Solow, who is recommended for environmental incidents that are the subject of government investigations and criminal enforcement, and Nadira Clarke, who is often retained by oilfield services, refiners, manufacturing and chemical clients.