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King & Spalding LLP
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A partner in the Environmental practice with a focus on energy, Granta represents companies in a range of regulatory and enforcement matters.

With training as a nuclear engineer and more than a decade of experience as a practicing engineer and technical manager, Granta represents clients with products or services regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with state government agencies such as the California Air Resources Board. He defends companies in enforcement actions and litigation involving regulations and rate proceedings, and represents their interests in agency rulemakings and Congressional matters.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

(Hall of Fame)

Granta NakayamaKing & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a strong reputation for emissions cases, and is regularly involved in the most significant disputes in this space. Recent examples of this have included its continued representation of Fiat Chrysler and VW in proceedings relating to emissions of diesel-powered vehicles manufactured by the companies. The automotive and transport group is jointly led by Jackie Glassman and environmental specialist Granta Nakayama. Glassman is recognized for her knowledge of regulatory and policy matters in the automotive space, particularly issues concerning safety responsibilities and fuel efficiency initiatives. Other names to note are John Hooper in New York, an expert in product liability litigation; Ilana Saltzbart, who focuses on environmental investigations or enforcement actions; and Susan Clare in Atlanta, who has represented automakers in high-exposure product liability and mass tort cases. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

(Hall of Fame)

Granta NakayamaKing & Spalding LLP

Fielding a team of seasoned practitioners with previous experience in federal and state agencies, King & Spalding LLP stands out for its enforcement expertise, and wide-ranging advisory practice covering water rights, soil contamination, incident response and crisis management, as well as air emission regulation. The team has significant strength in mobile source-related work, and also has a strong track record in advising on regulated products and supply chains regulated by EPA and other state agencies. Department head Granta Nakayama has a wealth of experience in regulatory investigations pertaining to emissions from diesel engines; he is based in Washington DC. Another contact in DC is Cynthia Stroman, who focuses on science-based advocacy and chemical regulation. Adam Sowatzka in Atlanta is also recommended; he has experience in incident response and enforcement actions concerning wastewater and stormwater issues.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Granta NakayamaKing & Spalding LLP

Leveraging a nationwide office network, King & Spalding LLP is well equipped to handle high-exposure environmental litigation and arbitration across the country. The team is particularly experienced in environmental agency enforcement, but also has a strong profile in litigation involving surface water rights, fracking, coastal erosion, climate change, drinking water and soil contamination, as well as issues arising from explosions, fires and chemical releases. A key figure in the team is Washington DC-based Granta Nakayama, who has been especially active in litigation related to emissions from diesel engines. Nakayama jointly heads the practice alongside Adam Sowatzka, whose areas of focus include civil and criminal enforcement matters, and wastewater and stormwater cases, and Peter Hsiao, who has in-depth knowledge of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and toxic torts. Sowatzka and Hsiao are based in Atlanta and Los Angeles, respectively. The team has also reported some noteworthy hires in 2019: Douglas Henderson joined the Atlanta office from Troutman Sanders, and Karl Heisler in Chicago joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: transactional

King & Spalding LLP provides environmental law support to clients across a variety of industries. In particular, the team is well known in the automotive, energy and oil and gas sectors, where it advises on environmental issues relating to project developments and real estate transactions, as well as issues associated with the manufacture of regulated products and petrochemicals. Headed by Granta Nakayama, the team is predominately based in the firm’s Washington office. Other key contacts include Cynthia Stroman and Joseph Eisert, both of whom have wide-ranging experience of environmental compliance, due diligence and incident response.