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Mark K. Adams was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark K. Adams

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Oil and Gas Law Mining Law Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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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:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • 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:
    Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental 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
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  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Oakland, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Real Estate Law Environmental Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Olympia, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Environmental Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Environmental Law Insurance Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental
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  • 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:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • 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 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Real Estate Law Energy Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Timber Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • 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
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Native American Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Environmental Law Energy Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Sports Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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David A. Franchina was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

David A. Franchina

McGuireWoods LLP
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Utilities Law Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Norton Shores, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Consumer Law Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Aviation Law Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Union
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental

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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.