BakerHostetler environmental lawyers understand the high stakes that are involved with environmental issues. We have the knowledge, depth, national footprint, and experience to handle our clients’ most significant and complex environmental matters, and we pride ourselves on the long-standing, personal relationships that we enjoy with many of our clients.
We apply practical, “real world” experience in our approach to environmental matters, and we tailor our legal strategies and solutions to the specific business goals of our clients. Our team’s experience includes, but is not limited to, preparing comments in federal and state environmental rulemaking proceedings (including subsequent legal challenges); advising on regulatory compliance and permitting issues associated with the development and operation of energy and manufacturing facilities; advising on environmental, health, and safety risks associated with business transactions; structuring environmental liability protections; and responding to environmental, health, and safety incidents. We also take particular pride in successfully litigating complex environmental matters before juries, judges, and arbitration panels.
Clients benefit from our experience with the regulatory policies and procedures because many of our team members are former lawyers from state and federal environmental agencies. Those connections, coupled with our intimate technical knowledge of environmental laws, uniquely position us to address claims and compliance issues across a broad spectrum of statutes and rules, while leveraging the skill and experience of other lawyers throughout the firm.
For several years, we have been at the forefront of litigation involving the Clean Air Act, including successfully defending a major heavy-equipment manufacturer in numerous lawsuits regarding the regulation of greenhouse gases and tort liability. We have also represented several industries in rulemakings involving the promulgation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs), and subsequently litigating the appeals from promulgation of such rules.