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Michael's law practice centers on natural resources, environmental and public utilities matters. His particular areas of expertise include water rights, public lands, mineral, environmental and natural resources law, and consultation and litigation involving telecommunications and energy law. Michael represents clients before various federal and state regulatory and resource management agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, E...
With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Feldman provides trusted and effective representation in high-profile Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and related litigation and administrative proceedings. Mr. Feldman has worked on client projects and federal court cases throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Michigan, and Alabama. His experience includes mining and oil and gas operations; highway construction pr...
Bob Maynard focuses his practice on environment, energy, and natural resources law. His practice includes project development, acquisitions, and other transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation. His experience includes forest products/timber, government contracts/leasing/permitting, historic preservation, Indian law, land use/real estate, minerals, oil & gas, power generation and transmission, public lands, recreation/resort, and water law matters. His experience extends to fede...
For over three decades Chris has been a leader in the fields of water law, planning and zoning law, constitutional law, natural resources law, road and public access law, constitutional law, and legislative matters. He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Boise Idaho three times by Best Lawyers in America: in 2014 (for natural resources), in 2013 (for environmental law), and in 2011 (for natural resources). He is described in the Idaho Yearbook Directory as “centrally loca...
Mr. Myers provides seasoned and effective representation to clients in energy, natural resources, and public land law. He draws from a depth of experience including his service as the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior. As Solicitor, Mr. Myers was the chief legal officer and third-ranking official in the Department. He supervised an office of more than 300 attorneys in 19 locations nationwide. He advised the Secretary and other officials on appellate and trial matters as well as...
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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