Christopher H. Marraro

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Chris Marraro is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in complex environmental and tort litigation. He has litigated cases under fourteen separate federal environmental statutes and tried precedent-setting environmental cases, including the defense of famed multimedia civil environmental enforcement actions, landmark environmental citizen suit cases, and novel cost recovery actions. He also has an active practice in natural resource litigation involving the siting of large scale energy projects and in biotechnology litigation. Chris is creative in litigation and crosses barriers on a personal level during complex cases, developing trusting relationships with his adversaries, a strategy which he has found to move cases through the process most efficiently.

Chris is on the Environmental Law Editorial Board for Law360. 

Select Experience

  • Trial counsel for Cape Wind LLC in four consolidated district court cases that challenge approval of the first domestic offshore wind energy project. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Beaudreau et al. and Cape Wind Associates LLC
  • Counsel for sugarbeet industry in multiple litigation matters regarding the deregulation of genetically modified sugarbeets. Grant et al. v. Vilsack and Center for Food Safety et al. v. Vilsack
  • Led the defense for the company in one of the largest multimedia civil enforcement cases ever tried to a federal jury. The matter involved four separate civil and administrative litigation matters. United States et al. v. Marine Shale Processors, Inc. et al.
  • Lead trial counsel for W.R. Grace & Co. in a RCRA citizen suit, CERCLA and tort litigation, which for the first time imposed a remedy requiring the excavation of an entire site as injunctive relief in a RCRA citizen suit case. Interfaith Community Organization et al v. Honeywell International Inc. et al.
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Experience

  • Trial counsel for Cape Wind LLC in four consolidated district court cases that challenge approval of the first domestic offshore wind energy project. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Beaudreau et al. and Cape Wind Associates LLC
  • Counsel for sugarbeet industry in multiple litigation matters regarding the deregulation of genetically modified sugarbeets. Grant et al. v. Vilsack and Center for Food Safety et al. v. Vilsack
  • Led the defense for the company in one of the largest multimedia civil enforcement cases ever tried to a federal jury. The matter involved four separate civil and administrative litigation matters. United States et al. v. Marine Shale Processors, Inc. et al.
  • Lead trial counsel for W.R. Grace & Co. in a RCRA citizen suit, CERCLA and tort litigation, which for the first time imposed a remedy requiring the excavation of an entire site as injunctive relief in a RCRA citizen suit case. Interfaith Community Organization et al. v. Honeywell International Inc. et al.
  • Lead counsel for major petroleum company in a cost recovery case under CERCLA and RCRA concerning a former refinery. Chevron Environmental Management Company et al. v. Indian Refining Company et al.
  • Lead appellate counsel in Third Circuit appeal that vacated an EPA unilateral emergency order under the Safe Drinking Water Act which mandated the cleanup of a water supply aquifer. W.R. Grace & Co. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Exposed a competitor's role in secretly funding environmental citizen suit against client. Case ended on the eve of a preliminary injunction when plaintiffs unsuccessfully tried to withdraw their preliminary injunction. Pennsylvania Environmental Enforcement Project v. Keystone Cement Company
  • Counsel for petroleum companies seeking to recover environmental costs against the United States related to World War II and Korean Conflict contracts.
  • Counsel for a major manufacturer in one of the most significant waterway superfund proceedings involving the Lower Passaic River.
  • Counsel to several New England entities in a major EPA Clean Water Act enforcement action regarding restoration of more than 100 acres of disputed wetlands and civil penalty demand.
  • Lead counsel for amicus curiae American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in important environmental litigation, holding that CERCLA investigation and remediation costs are recoverable under petroleum refiner/U.S. WWII aviation gasoline supply contracts. Shell Oil Company et al v. United States
  • Trial counsel for first domestic offshore wind project. Prevailed on summary judgment on NEPA, Clean Water Act, MBTA, and ESA claims. PEER et al v. Beaudreau (D.D.C.)
  • Prevailed on motion to dismiss of preemption and commerce clause regarding constitutional challenges to offshore wind development. Town of Barnstable et al . v. Ann. G. Berwick et al. (D. Mass.) 
  • Lead appellate counsel in win for offshore wind developer regarding NEPA issues and FAA review. Town of Barnstable v. FAA (D.C. Cir.)

Recognitions

  • International Who's Who Legal

Memberships

  • Law360: Environmental Editorial Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Past Chairman: Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee of the Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
  • Past Chairman: Annual Conference on Environmental Law, Annual Fall Section Meetings

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), 1981
  • M.S., University of Alberta, 1978
  • B.A., Gettysburg College, 1974