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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
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Mr. Leopold provides his clients with unparalleled experience with federal and state regulatory agencies and in-depth knowledge of environmental regulation of air, water, chemicals, and natural resources. As EPA General Counsel, he counseled on the development and defense of the most significant regulations proposed by the agency, including the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, and the Safe Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, and he was personally involved in defending the highest profile cases during his tenure, including the County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Leopold’s prior government service was as chief attorney at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he served on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial team. In private practice, Mr. Leopold represents clients facing significant EPA enforcement issues, counsels clients on environmental compliance, assists with difficult contaminated site remediation issues, supports industry with regulatory advocacy before federal agencies, and is litigating federal agency decisions under the Administrative Procedure Act and environmental statutes.

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United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

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Matthew Leopold – Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

The highly specialised environmental law practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s provides comprehensive advice to its corporate client roster based in the United States and abroad, but is perhaps best known for its involvement in high-profile litigation, environmental rulemakings and regulatory developments. With a deep bench of lawyers in Washington DC and San Francisco, the practice is singled out for its experience with air-related matters, having advised numerous energy and chemicals clients on regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, policy issues, waste management and site clean-up. Furthermore, its broad service offering also covers multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues involving natural resources, climate change and water on behalf of clients from a myriad of industries, including manufacturing, real estate development and mining. The environmental group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan, the latter of whom is a preeminent figure for water and natural resources regulations. Chuck Knauss, who maintains a broad environmental practice focused on the oil and gas, and transportation sectors, is another noteworthy practitioner in DC. Former general counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Matthew Leopold is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and experienced‘ in major federal environmental statutes in the permitting, compliance and enforcement contexts. Also in DC, Kerry McGrath is frequently retained by major industrial groups in relation to matters under the federally regulated “waters of the United States” and NPDES permitting issues. On the West Coast, Shannon Broome is recommended for Clean Air Act matters, energy transition and climate change. She sits in San Francisco.