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OVERVIEW

Experienced in permitting large projects, advising on challenging contaminated sites and litigating sophisticated matters, and valued for high-performance and standard-setting regulatory compliance and auditing programs, Perkins Coie navigates clients across the complicated statutory and regulatory framework of environmental and natural resource law in the United States.

Our more than 100 environment and natural resources attorneys have been tested and proven on complex and novel disputes and enforcement actions nationwide. We focus our counsel in these key areas:

  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
  • Remediation and Development of Contaminated Properties
  • Project Permitting and Development
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Policy, Legislation and Rulemaking

We advise, we litigate and we help shape environmental policy at the federal, state and local levels. Our team has the experience, depth and breadth to address any environmental or natural resource issue confronting our clients in a wide range of industries.

  • Consumer Products
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Energy
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Land Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Technology and Cleantech
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

Perkins Coie’s environmental lawyers set the standard for realistic, cost-effective performance. We provide comprehensive counsel in areas such as:

  • Water Quality
  • Air Emissions
  • Hazardous Materials in Products
  • Chemical and Hazardous Substances
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Climate Change
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Compliance Counseling and Auditing
  • Investigations
  • Environmental Permits

 

Remediation and Development of Contaminated Properties

We represent clients across the country on some of the most challenging contaminated sites. From voluntary cleanups to multiparty Superfund site litigation, our deep experience in regulatory counseling, problem-solving, assessing environmental risk, negotiating with federal, state and local agencies and litigating cleanup cases encompasses every facet of contaminated properties. Our work includes:

  • CERCLA and RCRA
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Remediation Counseling
  • Brownfield Development
  • Due Diligence
  • Transactional Support
  • Corrective Actions
  • Voluntary Cleanup
  • Spill and Release Reporting
  • Military Base Reuse

Project Permitting and Development

Perkins Coie lawyers assist clients in obtaining all sorts of environmental and land use permits, as well as helping both public and private sector clients with the permitting and environmental review for major infrastructure projects.

Our team is experienced in virtually every sector, including solar and wind projects, transmission lines, mining projects, highway and transit projects, port developments, and water storage and supply projects. We offer a thorough understanding of environmental reviews and permitting requirements, including:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments, under NEPA and similar state statutes
  • Endangered Species Act Consultations
  • Cultural Resources and Historic Properties
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Native American Law and Policy
  • Federal and Tribal Lands
  • Land Use Development Entitlements and Permitting
  • Military Base Redevelopments
  • CEQA and state environmental review and permitting laws

Environmental Litigation

We are known for successfully litigating some of the most significant environmental and natural resource cases in the nation. Our environmental litigation attorneys regularly appear before federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and administrative tribunals on a range of matters, from challenges and administrative approvals to complex, multiparty cleanup cases. Our litigation experience includes:

  • Cost Recovery Litigation
  • Defense of Criminal, Civil and Administrative Enforcement
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Project Development Approval and Permitting Litigation
  • Citizen Suit Defense
  • Toxic Tort, Nuisance and Property Damage Claims
  • Administrative and Judicial Appeals
  • Cost Recovery for Insurance Policy Holders
  • Native American Law and Policy

 

Policy, Legislation and Rulemaking

Our clients are actively involved in environmental and natural resources legislation and rulemakings, and they look to our attorneys for support. We work with our clients to develop and advocate for or against legislative proposals and continually monitor relevant legislative developments.

In the regulatory arena, we are often called upon to assist clients with submitting comments on proposed regulations and assessing potential impacts. Our lawyers frequently appear before federal agencies—including the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others—on policy issues affecting the businesses and projects of our clients.

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