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Janice M. Schneider

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Janice Schneider is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and global Vice Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She has over 30 years of experience in environmental and natural resource issues. 

Prior to rejoining Latham, Ms. Schneider served as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for the US Department of the Interior where she oversaw four Interior Department agencies: the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, including more than 12,000 employees and a combined budget of US$1.5 billion. As Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the Department’s management and use of federal lands, and waters and mineral and non-mineral resources on about 245 million acres of federal surface lands, 700 million acres of federal mineral interests and the 1.7 billion acre Outer Continental Shelf. She was confirmed by the US Senate in May 2014.

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Partner

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https://www.lw.com/people/janice-schneider


United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

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.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Leading lawyers

Janice Schneider - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Environment: regulatory

Latham & Watkins LLP is valued for its ‘excellent depth of experience’ and its focus on ‘listening to what the client needs rather than over-reaching with its own agenda’. The sizeable team advises on issues such as hazardous substances and property contamination, climate change, toxic tort, and product liability in the context of transactional diligence, permitting, regulatory compliance, agency rule-making and legislation, and enforcement actions for high-profile clients. The firm is acting as lead counsel to FivePoint Holdings and Newhall Land & Farming Company in relation to the Newhall Ranch development, a masterplanned climate neutral city in southern California integrating a greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy designed by the firm, which allows the project to obtain regulatory and judicial approval and compliance with other state and federal laws. The firm is also retained by Monsanto with regards to numerous environmental law matters including the Endangered Species Act, the Plant Protection Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act; the team also represents the client and before the Department of Agriculture, the EPA, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The ‘phenomenally well respected and very smart and accomplishedJanice M. Schneider rejoined the Washington DC office as global vice-chair of the environment, land and resources department after almost three years as assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Los Angeles-based Robert Wyman is another highly regarded practitioner. San Diego-based Kelly Richardson is ‘awesome'; 'he sees the big picture, knows where the client wants to end up, and maps out a strategy to get there’. In New York, Kegan Brown and co-chair of the environmental regulation and transactions practice Gary Gengel are ‘top of the line, consummate professionals’. Also in Washington DC, Stacey L. VanBelleghem and Tommy P. Beaudreau (former chief of staff at the DOI) are also recommended.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

Latham & Watkins LLP has expertise across the gamut of zoning mandates, with particular strengths in California and the Western states. The firm often combines its land use and zoning expertise with its environmental know-how, an recent example of which included advising Newhall Land & Farming on the development of Newhall Ranch, the first climate neutral city proposed in southern California; the firm's work in this matter focused on designing a greenhouse gas emissions strategy, and negotiating a settlement with a federally recognized American Indian tribe concerning certain permits. In Los Angeles, the firm is instructed by Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies in relation to its proposed $150m aerial gondola system for Dodger Stadium, which will be initiated through a mobility partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Further, the practice group is acting for the California American Water Company in relation to the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. Chair of the environment, land and resources department James L. Arnone, co-head of the project siting and approvals practice Lucinda Starrett, and George Mihlsten are ‘heavyweight’ attorneys in Los Angeles. In Washington DC, the 'outstandingJanice M. Schneider acts as vice-chair of the environment, land and resources practice, and is ‘very familiar with how government works and how to approach issues in a manner to get support from officials’. Also recommended is San Diego-based Christopher Garrett, who co-heads the project siting and approvals department.

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