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Environmental Litigation

Environmental litigation requires unique expertise. It may involve multiple parties and counterintuitive laws and regulations from various jurisdictions. But whether the case springs from a government investigation or commercial lawsuit, environmental litigation involves scientific understanding and the ability to clearly communicate with both experts and those who don’t normally deal with such issues.

We are lawyers who understand the process and who “get the science.” Attorneys on our team have worked as engineers and environmental consultants, and have also worked with various governmental agencies. Our diverse backgrounds and expertise provide credibility and an edge in dealing with experts and managing your case. We work collaboratively with all your team members, including in-house counsel, executives, consultants, and co-counsel.

Client-tailored representation in governmental and commercial disputes
We counsel and defend large industrial companies, businesses, and individuals accused of violating federal or state laws or engaging in activities that could trigger liability for environmental damage.

Having represented clients in disputes both with private parties and with regulators, we excel at litigating complex environmental issues in multijurisdictional administrative proceedings, trial courts and courts of appeal. We will listen to you and use our skills to negotiate consent decrees, plea agreements, and other arrangements according to your needs.

Proactive assistance in governmental investigations
Our practice includes the defense of clients throughout the West in civil and criminal governmental enforcement actions including complex white-collar criminal investigations. We have proactively helped our clients avoid formal enforcement actions and have obtained relief from “stop work orders” and other sanctions.

Wide-ranging litigation assistance
Our litigation experience provides extensive expertise in representations such as the following:

  • Citizen suits including those under California Proposition 65
  • CERCLA and MTCA cost recovery and contribution cases
  • State superfund statues and state common law claims
  • Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act defense
  • Endangered Species Act and NEPA and related state challenges
  • Federal Oil Pollution Act and related state law defense
  • Pipeline Safety Act defense
  • Hazardous waste law defense
  • OSHA and Public health enforcement defense
  • RCRA hazardous waste defense