Douglas M. Halsey - White & Case LLP

Douglas M. Halsey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 305-995-5268

Practice Experience

Mr. Halsey's practice covers all aspects of environmental and land use law, including litigation, transactional advice and regulatory matters. During the last thirty-five years, Mr. Halsey has tried numerous cases in state and federal court with a special emphasis on cost recovery claims and land use disputes involving wetlands and endangered species. He has represented manufacturers, developers, and property owners in complex civil litigation and defended enforcement actions brought by the EPA and other federal, state, and local government agencies under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, NEPA, and parallel state and local government regulatory schemes. In 2003, following 11 years of litigation in federal and state courts, Mr. Halsey obtained for property owners in Monroe County, Florida, the largest recovery in U.S. history for a "temporary taking." Mr. Halsey has also defended numerous toxic tort cases based on alleged exposure to a variety of hazardous substances, including creosote, chlorinated solvents and mercury.

Mr. Halsey frequently appears before environmental agencies on regulatory and permitting matters for industrial and developer clients including the nation's largest solid waste company. He coordinates wetlands and endangered species permitting and complex land use matters in highly regulated environments throughout the State of Florida. In addition, he regularly advises corporate clients and financial institutions on environmental risks associated with business transactions.

He is the head of the White & Case LLP Environmental Practice Group and the former chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar. In 1990, Mr. Halsey was the recipient of The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for his legal work on behalf of children in foster care.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • US Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Eleventh, and DC Circuits
Columbia UniversityBA University of Miami School of LawJ.D.
Board of Directors, Florida Bar FoundationAlexis de Tocqueville Society, United Way of Miami-Dade County

Office Location

Southeast Financial Center, Suite 4900
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33131-2352
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Miami Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Miami Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Miami Metro Area
Douglas M. Halsey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Douglas M. Halsey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Douglas M. Halsey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law (Clean Water Act, Counseling, Endangered Species, Enforcement Defense, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Toxic Tort, Waste, Wetlands)
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning