Alston & Bird has boosted its national environmental practice with the addition of Kevin Minoli as partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Minoli arrives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he served for 18 years in a variety of legal roles, including acting general counsel and, most recently, principal deputy general counsel.
“Kevin brings nearly two decades of experience working across four different presidential administrations on the front lines of national environmental enforcement and regulation,” said Doug Arnold, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of its Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group. “He is keenly attuned to the environmental compliance challenges facing business and industry and adds a new dimension to the value we bring clients and underlines our position as a nationally recognized environmental practice.”
Minoli joined the EPA in 2000 during the Clinton administration, rose through the ranks with ever-increasing roles during the Bush and Obama administrations, and advanced to the highest non-political attorney position of deputy general counsel in 2014.
In January 2017 during the first year of the Trump administration, he stepped in as the EPA acting general counsel, serving as principal legal advisor on all environmental and non-environmental laws and other requirements that govern the agency. He also oversaw the EPA’s National Law Office, which includes 230 employees in the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and nearly 150 attorneys in the EPA’s 10 regional offices. A year later, he resumed his post as deputy general counsel.
“While at the EPA, Kevin provided legal counsel on virtually every federal environmental statutory program, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act,” said Nicki Carlsen, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of its Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group. “Kevin’s senior-level EPA headquarters experience providing legal support for agency rules and policies, case-by-case decisions, and legislation underscores the significant talent he brings to any company grappling with balancing business goals and environmental concerns.”
A champion of diversity and inclusion, Minoli served as part of the EPA Office of General Counsel’s Diversity Dialogue Group, recruited and supported the office’s first-ever special emphasis program manager for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees, and was a part of a team that was awarded the EPA’s prestigious Suzanne E. Olive Award for Exemplary Leadership in National Equal Employment Opportunity celebrating employees who excel in promoting the tenets of equal employment opportunity and civil rights. In 2015 he was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association with its “Best Under 40” award honoring the country’s most accomplished young LGBT legal professionals.
“Kevin’s EPA service makes him extremely knowledgeable not only of that agency’s inner workings, but also those of other key agencies regulating companies in the environmental space at the federal, state, and local levels,” said Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office. “His leadership and experience will be key to clients given the number of significant environmental issues coming out of Washington in the months and years ahead.”