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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Corporate Law Native American Law Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
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Mark E. Beliveau was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark E. Beliveau

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Water Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Litigation - Construction Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oakland, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Real Estate Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Olympia, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Canton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Akron, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Timber Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Peoria, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Corporate Law Environmental Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgewater, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Timber Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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Thomas R. Doyle was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas R. Doyle

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Native American Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Iselin, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Water Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Litigation - Environmental Employment Law - Management Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Norton Shores, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Labor Law - Union Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law

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Practice Area Definition

Environmental Law Definition

Environmental law involves an intricate matrix of federal and state public welfare statutes enacted to protect both human health and our natural resources. The economic and socio-geopolitical impact of these laws requires the practice of environmental law to continuously evolve. Areas of environmental law include the following:

Regulatory

The input and experience of an environmental lawyer is crucial in designing, supporting, and auditing environmental compliance systems. Environmental lawyers often participate in the administrative process on the federal and state level to encourage sound rulemaking. They also assist clients in sorting through regulatory ambiguities, which sometimes arise in enforcement proceedings.

Litigation

Environmental litigation occurs at both the civil and criminal level. Enforcement proceedings with federal and state regulators are conducted through either administrative adjudications or in court. Most federal environmental statutes have citizen suit provisions allowing individuals to initiate enforcement litigation on behalf of the government. Suits contesting environmental permits and siting decisions occur frequently and can cause significant delays for projects. Superfund designations are a source of significant litigation, particularly in the cost recovery area. Other areas of environmental litigation include: toxic torts, natural resource damages, water rights disputes, brownfields, endangered species challenges, climate change, and groundwater contamination suits.

Business Transactions

Environmental laws can significantly impact the economics of an M&A or real property transaction. If a facility does not have the entitlements to operate; has an expensive compliance issue that must be remedied; or has significant cleanup liability, it can materially alter the viability and/or structure of a deal. Clients depend on environmental lawyers to establish deal parameters and translate risks into economic terms for the valuation process. 

Strategic Corporate Planning

Depending on how environmental regulations develop, a company could gain a significant economic advantage over its competitors. Evolving regulation in areas such greenhouse gas emissions have the potential of altering the business model of some companies, while creating growth opportunities for others.

Corporate Governance

Events such as the Deepwater Horizon accident are redefining the roles of senior executives and boards of directors. There is a new wave of internal controls that many corporations are implementing in response to regulatory and shareholder influence.

Crisis Management

An environmental crisis such as an oil spill, toxic leak, or refinery explosion can be a defining moment in the history of a corporation. When a crisis hits, all aspects of environmental law come into play and requires experienced, clear-eyed counsel to help corporations, municipalities, and other impacted entities to successfully respond to and emerge from such an event.

Jerry Ross, Head of Pillsbury’s Environmental, Land Use & Natural Resources practice
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Environmental law involves an intricate matrix of federal and state public welfare statutes enacted to protect both human health and our natural resources. The economic and socio-geopolitical impact of these laws requires the practice of environmental law to continuously evolve. Areas of environmental law include the following:

Regulatory

The input and experience of an environmental lawyer is crucial in designing, supporting, and auditing environmental compliance systems. Environmental lawyers often participate in the administrative process on the federal and state level to encourage sound rulemaking. They also assist clients in sorting through regulatory ambiguities, which sometimes arise in enforcement proceedings.

Litigation

Environmental litigation occurs at both the civil and criminal level. Enforcement proceedings with federal and state regulators are conducted through either administrative adjudications or in court. Most federal environmental statutes have citizen suit provisions allowing individuals to initiate enforcement litigation on behalf of the government. Suits contesting environmental permits and siting decisions occur frequently and can cause significant delays for projects. Superfund designations are a source of significant litigation, particularly in the cost recovery area. Other areas of environmental litigation include: toxic torts, natural resource damages, water rights disputes, brownfields, endangered species challenges, climate change, and groundwater contamination suits.

Business Transactions

Environmental laws can significantly impact the economics of an M&A or real property transaction. If a facility does not have the entitlements to operate; has an expensive compliance issue that must be remedied; or has significant cleanup liability, it can materially alter the viability and/or structure of a deal. Clients depend on environmental lawyers to establish deal parameters and translate risks into economic terms for the valuation process. 

Strategic Corporate Planning

Depending on how environmental regulations develop, a company could gain a significant economic advantage over its competitors. Evolving regulation in areas such greenhouse gas emissions have the potential of altering the business model of some companies, while creating growth opportunities for others.

Corporate Governance

Events such as the Deepwater Horizon accident are redefining the roles of senior executives and boards of directors. There is a new wave of internal controls that many corporations are implementing in response to regulatory and shareholder influence.

Crisis Management

An environmental crisis such as an oil spill, toxic leak, or refinery explosion can be a defining moment in the history of a corporation. When a crisis hits, all aspects of environmental law come into play and requires experienced, clear-eyed counsel to help corporations, municipalities, and other impacted entities to successfully respond to and emerge from such an event.