The impact on a company’s brand, not to mention profits, can be immense when facing civil or criminal enforcement actions. Alston & Bird’s Environmental Enforcement Defense team is one of the most experienced in the nation, having defended hundreds of actions involving alleged violations of air, land, and water permitting or compliance requirements.
Our lawyers focus on achieving the most favorable outcomes by aligning their legal strategy with your business objectives and providing efficient representation. When environmental enforcement actions are handled poorly, the results can threaten expansion plans, existing projects, and facilities and even exclude you from future government contracts. We are diligent in our pursuit of creative solutions that meet the demands of regulators while minimizing the impact on your company’s operations. When a client wants to settle a claim, we negotiate the most favorable terms possible. In trial settings, our team draws on its vast experience to present the strongest defense possible.
Our lawyers’ experiences run the gamut of U.S. environmental law. We have defended enforcement actions under the CAA, CWA, RCRA, TSCA, FIFRA, and CERCLA. Because of our long-standing relationships with companies across different sectors of the economy, we are well-versed in the specific issues and risks faced by industries like manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, agribusiness, consumer products, oil and gas, energy, and transportation, among others.
With team members who have served in significant regulatory roles themselves, including a former general counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency and a former assistant section chief of the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section, we bring a level of governmental insight and perspective to environmental enforcement defense that few other national law firms can match.