Kevin Minoli, Alston & Bird partner and member of the firm’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group and COVID-19 Response & Relief Team, has been recognized by The National Law Journal (NLJ) in its 5th annual listing of “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers.”
The NLJ’s Trailblazers series recognizes lawyers, chosen from hundreds of nominations, who “have shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”
Before joining Alston & Bird, Minoli spent 18 years with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most recently serving as acting general counsel and principal deputy general counsel – the highest-ranking career attorney position in the EPA. In this role, he served as legal counsel on the EPA’s programs nationwide and was one of two lead attorneys on the jurisdictional guidance for Rapanos v. United States, which challenged federal jurisdiction to regulate streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. His responsibilities at the EPA extended to working with a number of other agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Interior, and Agriculture, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. He also co-led the EPA’s effort to become the first non-intelligence agency to allow employees to voluntarily self-identify their sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure equal employment opportunities for LGBTQ+ employees.
Minoli has substantial experience with environmental laws and the regulations that implement them, including those related to clean air, climate change, clean water and safe drinking water, chemicals, pesticides, and toxic substances. Since the emergence of COVID-19, Minoli has focused a portion of his practice on representing clients that manufacture and sell products that are useful in the fight against the virus, guiding clients through the often unfamiliar pesticide registration process so that they can bring their products to market.