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Latham & Watkins LLP
330 NORTH WABASH AVENUE
SUITE 2800
CHICAGO IL 60611
United States

Work Department

Mary Rose Alexander serves as the global Practice Group Chair of the Environmental Litigation Practice. She has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, insurance and environmental law. In particular, Ms. Alexander has litigated matters concerning toxic torts, environmental matters, major industrial accidents, product liability/consumer fraud, insurance coverage and other complex commercial matters. 

Position

Environmental, Land & Resources and Litigation Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/mary-rose-alexander

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘a terrific firm’ where theteam works seamlessly together’. Michele Johnson in Orange County is global chair of the firm’s litigation and trial department, which handles high-value and cross-border white-collar crime matters, antitrust cases and general commercial litigation. The US-based vice chairs are Brian Kowalski in Washington DC and Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley. Recent highlights include Chicago-based trial lawyer Sean M. Berkowitz assisting General Electric with several lawsuits arising from Thomas Petters’ multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. Other key contacts in the team include New York-based Jamie WineMary Rose Alexander in Chicago and Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

The ‘superbly diligent and clear-headed’ product liability, mass tort and consumer class actions practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is headed by Thomas Heiden in Chicago and Gwyn Williams in Boston. In recent work, Chicago-based Mary Rose Alexander and Robert Howard in San Diego represented Monsanto in an ongoing public nuisance claim filed by major West Coast municipalities and several states seeking to compel defendants to remediate vast water bodies. Other highlights include defending Chevron in a C-137 release contamination case, and acting for Southern California Gas Company in regulatory agency matters involving the natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility. Kelly Richardson in San Diego is another name to note.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

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Clients rely on Latham & Watkins LLP because the lawyers are ‘uniformly excellent and extremely knowledgeable and seasoned’ in all areas of environmental litigation, including climate change, air quality, toxic tort, water quality, insurance coverage, policyholder disputes, and energy and natural resources projects. The firm is assisting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in an important water rights case filed against the State of Georgia seeking an equitable apportionment of waters to remedy environmental, ecological, and economic harms caused by over-consumption of water by the defendant in the Chattahoochee and Flint River basins. In another highlight, it is acting as counsel to Weyerhaeuser in seven putative class actions relating to the client’s sale of joists coated with a formaldehyde-based resin formulation. In San Diego, Robert Howard chairs the environment, land and resources department, and Kelly Richardson is noted for his chemical engineering background and ability to ‘see the big picture’. ‘TerrificKegan Brown is recommended in New York, as is chair of the office’s environment, land and resources department, Gary Gengel, who leads ‘disparate groups from chaos to cooperation to success’. In Chicago, Mary Rose Alexander is global environment litigation practice chair and Robin M. Hulshizer and Thomas Heiden are other notable practitioners. Washington DC-based key contacts include Janice Schneider, Tommy Beaudreau, Steven Croley, Joel BeauvaisJulia Hatcher, and Robert Wyman, the last of whom divides his time between Washington DC and Los Angeles. Andrea Hogan left the firm in February 2019 to become senior counsel of the environmental and safety law group at Chevron.