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Daniel W. Nelson Washington, D.C.
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Peter E. Seley Washington, D.C.
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Overview

The Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Practice Group counsels U.S.-based and multinational corporations, trade associations, coalitions, municipalities and individual clients on environmental law issues throughout the United States.  The group provides a wide range of regulatory and compliance services, with experience in all aspects of environmental, energy and resources law, including compliance counseling, administrative proceedings, enforcement and legislative matters.  We work across all of the major U.S. environmental laws and regulatory schemes.

We have deep familiarity with handling complex issues, including those related to:

  • Facilities permitting and operation
  • Product regulation
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Investigation and remediation of contaminated properties
  • Governmental reporting obligations 

The group represents clients on the regulatory side in agency rulemakings and legislation.  Our lawyers can help clients establish environmental compliance programs and prepare for government inspections.  We also work closely with land use lawyers in our Real Estate Practice Group where zoning, entitlement, conditional use and other land use permitting issues interact with environmental issues.

We represent the regulated community in connection with the development and subsequent promulgation of environmental regulations by various government agencies.  Our lawyers have drafted proposed regulations, prepared and submitted comments in connection with the proposed regulations and litigated adopted regulations. 

On the legislative side, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's lawyers represent client interests with respect to the evolution of environmental laws.  We have drafted proposed environmental legislation, prepared and offered testimony before legislative committees and related government hearings, and presented clients' concerns directly to individual legislators. 

Our substantive capabilities encompass all areas of environmental law, including these significant U.S. federal statutory/regulatory programs:

  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund) and its state analogues
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Coastal Zone Management Act
  • The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • The National Environmental Policy Act
  • The Oil Pollution Act of 1990
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act

While most of these laws are administered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, most U.S. states also have their own environmental programs, which in some cases like California impose even more stringent requirements than the federal regulations.  Our lawyers have deep capabilities working with all these programs.