Mr Eric Murdock > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States

Work Department

Environmental, Environmental Compliance, Litigation and Defense, Environmental Issues In Business Transactions, Chemicals, Products and Hazardous Materials, Energy Litigation, Energy, National Environmental Policy Act, Natural Resources, Renewable Energy and Clean Power, International Renewable Energy and Clean Power, Superfund (CERCLA), Site Remediation and Natural Resource Damages, Sustainability and Corporate Clean Power, Wind


Partner and head of the firm’s administrative law team


Mr. Murdock is head of HuntonAK’s administrative law team, comprising the environmental practice group and the regulated industries and government relations practice group. He is respected for his business-minded approach to environmental compliance and risk management, whether in the context of litigation, business transactions, administrative processes or day-to-day facility operations.

Clients from a wide array of industries, including energy companies, chemical manufacturers, waste management companies, banks and other financial service institutions and developers rely on Mr. Murdock’s pragmatism and problem solving to navigate the complex network of laws at play in the environmental sphere.

Mr. Murdock has 30 years of experience litigating a wide range of environmental matters, including defense of enforcement actions, challenges to environmental permits, contractual disputes regarding environmental indemnities, challenges to administrative rulemakings and actions for recovery and allocation of costs for environmental cleanups. At the same time, a significant portion of Mr. Murdock’s practice involves managing the environmental aspects of complex business transactions and major development projects.


Admitted to the District of Columbia and Connecticut State Bars


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, with honors, Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal, 1985
  • AB, Princeton University, cum laude, 1982

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a long history of acting in high-exposure environmental claims and has represented large energy, manufacturing, commercial real estate development, petroleum product terminating and mineral extractive industry clients in environmental litigation in the US and beyond. Covering all major federal and state environmental statutes, the team’s impressive track record includes significant Clean Air and Water Act matters, precedent-setting greenhouse gas public nuisance suits, complex enforcement defense proceedings involving chemicals, waste management and site clean-up. The environmental group is led out of Washington DC by Eric Murdock and Deidre Duncan, the latter of whom has a notable reputation in the oil and gas sector. Also in the DC office, Chuck Knauss maintains a broad base environmental practice, demonstrating particular strength in enforcement, permitting, risk management and climate change matters, while permitting natural resources mandates are core areas of activity for Kerry McGrath. Matthew Leopold, who also sits in the DC office, is ‘exceptionally skilled and an expert in environmental law‘, bringing to the table strategic insights as the former General Counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency. The ‘world-class team of professionals‘ also includes Shannon Broome, who is a leading practitioner in landmark nuisance litigation in California. She is based in San Francisco and represents clients from the oil and gas, renewable energy and manufacturing industries.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: electric power

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP maintains a strong focus on the electric power sector; the firm regularly acts for electric and gas utilities in defense actions brought under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as handling environmental litigation related to energy storage and waste disposal. Other areas of expertise include representation in rate cases, corporate change-in-control proceedings and tariff disputes. Based in Washington DC, practice head Eric Murdock draws on 30 years of litigation experience.

United States > Industry focus > Environment: regulatory

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.