Our environmental and natural resources lawyers are recognized for their substantial knowledge and experience with the development, implementation and real-world enforcement of environmental laws at the federal, state and local level. Our award-winning practice includes citations for excellence from Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers and Legal 500 U.S. We have the breadth and depth to handle nearly any environmental challenge, including project permitting, high-stakes environmental litigation, compliance, counseling and transactional support.
Our permitting experience is best exemplified by our recent work entitling thousands of megawatts of renewable energy, and in obtaining and defending public lands and natural resources permits for conventional energy projects throughout the United States. We have assisted developers in obtaining necessary entitlements from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, California Energy Commission, local jurisdictions, and other federal and state agencies; resolving related transmission and interconnection issues; and negotiating power purchase agreements.
We handle litigation stemming from enforcement investigations, multimedia enforcement actions, bankruptcy cases with environmental law aspects, contract-related issues, environmental insurance and mass tort claims. We also handle criminal cases and related civil proceedings conducted by the EPA and investigations undertaken by various federal agency inspector generals’ offices.
Our compliance and counseling practices leverage our decades of experience with the evolving body of environmental laws. We assist both U.S.-based and foreign-based companies with facility permits related to waste and water discharges and airborne emissions. We provide on-site assistance to help our clients both comply with information requests and defend their practices.
Our transactional team works with clients as deals are being structured to develop strategies and negotiate terms designed to minimize potential liability and reduce long-term environ-mental and related legal costs. We work with renewable energy developers; oil and natural gas companies; industrial, chemical and consumer manufacturers; buyers and sellers; trade associations; investors; potentially responsible party (PRP) groups; and municipalities. We help our clients obtain and defend state and federal permits for vital infrastructure projects.
Bingham’s environmental and natural resources lawyers are at the cutting-edge of issues in environmental, land use and natural resources law. Our practice spans a broad range of areas, including: