Robert Lawrence, an environmental lawyer with extensive experience in energy and real estate transactions, is leaving Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to establish Marten Law PLLC's new office in San Francisco, the firm announced Monday.
Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP has hired veteran white collar attorney Marc D. Katz to litigate environmental and commercial cases as a partner in its San Francisco-based criminal defense group, the firm said Wednesday.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP announced Tuesday that it had added business arbitration, media and entertainment, and environmental litigator Peter A. Cross, formerly of Sills Cummis & Gross PC, as a partner in its New York office.
Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard PA announced last week it had added Richard Ericsson, formerly of boutique firm Farer Fersko, to head its environmental law practice in Hackensack, N.J.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s former chief of staff has joined WilmerHale as a partner in its Washington office, where he will handle high-stakes government matters — and steer clear of the firm’s work with BP PLC in the Deepwater Horizon litigation, the firm said Tuesday.
Houston-based energy firm Burleson LLP announced Thursday that it had continued its rapid expansion by adding a veteran environmental partner to its Pittsburgh offices.
Foley & Lardner LLP said Monday it had snagged an insurance litigation pro with a knack for representing clients in environmental coverage disputes and data breach matters from Ropes & Gray LLP, expanding the firm's Boston office.
Frost Brown Todd LLC announced Monday that former Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP partner William Hayes had joined its environmental law practice group at its Cincinnati office.
After three years as in-house counsel for El Paso Corp., environmental lawyer Janet McQuaid has rejoined Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.
Clark Hill PLC announced Monday that it had bolstered its Washington environmental practice by snagging a former U.S. Department of Justice special counsel from Hunton & Williams LLP.
Irell & Manella LLP said Monday that Kimberly Bick had joined its Newport Beach, Calif., office as senior counsel to help build the firm’s environmental law practice.
Sedgwick LLP has tapped a team of 15 trial attorneys from Wallace Partners PLLC for its Washington office slated to open next week, with a litigator specializing in product liability defense and environmental matters taking the helm, the firm announced Thursday.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP said Wednesday it had added a partner and counsel to its energy, environment and natural resources practice in Washington, luring one from Greenberg Traurig LLP and the other from WilmerHale.
Carl C. Charneski, a former administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has entered private practice as an attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, the intellectual property boutique announced in July.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP expanded its environmental and real estate practices Tuesday with the addition of a Miller Starr Regalia attorney who has extensive experience advising clients on land use entitlements, environmental compliance and permitting for energy projects.
An ex-Bingham McCutchen LLP attorney has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP to co-chair its environmental practice in Washington, and the head of an air-permitting trade coalition has joined Katten's offices in Washington and California, the firm said Wednesday.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that Mark A. Satorius would take over the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, where he will be responsible for writing the regulatory framework for the safe use of nuclear materials.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced Thursday that it had bolstered its environmental practice with the addition of two attorneys to its Washington office, both from environmental boutique Wallace King Domike & Reiskin PLLC.
Plaintiffs firm Napoli Bern Ripka LLP, which served as co-counsel for 10,000 World Trade Center workers in their class action against New York, announced Wednesday that it had hired mass tort lawyer Hunter Shkolnik as a partner.
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP last week hired energy attorney Grace S. Kurdian as a partner in its New York office, where she will advise renewable energy developers and other clients on transactions and regulatory developments.
Since most of California's Proposition 65 cases settle before trial, Environmental Law Foundation v. Beech-Nut Corporation is a rare opportunity to get insight into the three major defenses to such lawsuits and the methodology by which the Alameda Superior Court determined that the defendants were not obligated to provide Prop 65 warnings, say attorneys with Squire Sanders LLP.
In light of President Obama's recently announced climate action plan, owners of environmentally valuable land will benefit economically from the ecological service capacity of their land. The monetary value of these services promises to become substantial if federal and state policies evolve to enable landowners to capture the economic benefit of their land’s carbon sequestration capacity, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
When conducting a laboratory analysis of environmental samples, it is critical to look carefully at the laboratory report to ensure that appropriate recovery and detection limits have been achieved and that quality control requirements have been met. This is especially important for chemicals that have detection limits near regulatory standards, says Neil Shifrin of Berkeley Research Group LLC.
Law firms increased their hourly rates an average of close to 10 percent between 2010 and 2012. This trend is an indicator of why corporate legal spending is so high. However, those who take the time to analyze their legal bills can attest that it’s the line items that the law firms are charging for — not the rate — that are creating exorbitant legal fees and causing significant distress, says David Paige of Legal Fee Advisors.
The recent California Court of Appeal case, Citizens of Ceres v. Superior Court of Stanislaus County, has been wrongly decided and creates an appellate court split of opinion. The case presents a cartoonish caricature of scheming developers and hapless lead agencies, overreaches based on the facts and mischaracterizes the California Environmental Quality Act's informational purpose, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
Hydraulic fracturing is frequently criticized as being unregulated — this is a myth. Because the practice is contributing to an ongoing economic boom in oil and gas-rich states, the real question is which level of government is best suited to regulate the practice to allow economic development to continue without unacceptable environmental risks, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.
A proposal to amend the Dallas Building Code to include what appears to be a rather severe restriction on glass reflectivity could have serious unintended consequences on the city’s efforts to encourage green building techniques. Among other things, the restriction will likely make LEED certification harder and costlier to achieve, says Jonathan Vinson of Jackson Walker LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, which confirmed the analysis of impacts of a project against a baseline of future conditions, closes out a year-long chapter of legal uncertainty, utilization of multiple baselines and administrative headaches for public entities of long-term infrastructure and regulatory projects, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Lone Pine orders, though several trial courts have recently rejected the use of them, are a useful tool in fracking cases as they can force plaintiffs to establish their claims early in litigation. Defendants should note, however, that the challenge lies in convincing the judge that the order is necessary to protect the defendants' interests while not unfairly prejudicing the plaintiffs, says Michael Murphy of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
In light of President Obama's recently introduced climate change action plan, the next three to four years are likely to be a period of considerable uncertainty for utilities while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and the states’ greenhouse gas emission standards take shape, says Thomas Lorenzen of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.