Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has added two partners to its Houston office, one a former general counsel to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection who comes from Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, and the other a Vinson & Elkins LLP attorney who specializes in maritime law for energy industry clients.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced plans to haul in a team of six Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP attorneys with expertise in antitrust, intellectual property, environmental, insurance coverage and other areas to ramp up its litigation practice.
Houston-based attorney James E. Smith has left Beirne Maynard & Parsons LLP to join the environmental practice group at Porter & Hedges LLP as a partner.
Following a stint as CEO and general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power, real estate and environmental attorney H. David Nahai has joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as co-chair of the firm's real estate and energy, environmental and water practices.
The head of the climate change and renewable energy practice group at Thompson & Knight LLP has jumped to Patton Boggs LLP.
Alfred “Buddy” Smith of Bainbridge Mims Rogers & Smith LLP has scored Fortune 500 companies as clients at his eight-lawyer firm, where his penchant for using humor to diffuse tense situations and settle cases quickly has earned him a place among Law360's Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys.
Originally trained as an engineer, General Electric Co. attorney Rod McLaren's technical savvy has proved invaluable in helping manufacturers navigate complex environmental regulations since the 1970s, earning him a spot on Law360's list of the Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys.
Exceptional expertise on environmental statutes, regulations and the administrative process, combined with a low-key demeanor and a knack for persuasion, have gained Hunton & Williams LLP's Bill Brownell respect from both friends and foes and a place on Law360's list of the Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys.
Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP has continued the expansion of its environmental, health and safety practice group with the addition of a trio of former Jackson Kelly PLLC attorneys with experience in the energy and natural resources sectors.
Known among her peers as a decisive negotiator with a deft touch in dealing with opposing counsel and an ability to make even the most skeptical understand her client's point of view, Vinson & Elkins LLP's Carol Dinkins has earned a place on Law360's list of the Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys.
No one knows the ins and outs of chemical product approval like Bergeson & Campbell PC co-founder Lynn Bergeson, and her unrivaled command of the field's cutting edge makes her one of the most sought-after chemical regulatory lawyers in the nation and one of Law360's Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys.
Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has nabbed environmental lawyer Brian Buniva from LeClairRyan for its Richmond, Va.-office, strengthening its environmental and litigation practice with an attorney who has won key victories at the Supreme Court of Virginia.
A former litigation partner at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP has broken away to form a new environmental litigation boutique in Los Angeles.
Foley & Lardner LLP has snagged Nixon Peabody LLP partner and alternative energy guru Robert B. Anderson in an effort to bolster the firm's finance and energy project practices in San Francisco.
Former Hunton & Williams LLP partner Eric Hurlocker has left to join the energy, environment and infrastructure practice group at Williams Mullen.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Karen P. Hewitt will join Jones Day's San Diego office as a partner in its trial practice after 18 years in public service.
A former U.S. attorney has made the move to Holland & Hart LLP to serve as of counsel in the firm's energy, environment and natural resources practice group.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has tapped Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey to temporarily head the Minerals Management Service, following Elizabeth Birnbaum's resignation in the wake of the BP PLC oil spill amid accusations of the agency's "cozy" relationship with Big Oil.
A former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission has made the jump to Foley & Lardner LLP's energy industry team, where he will represent clients before his old organization and expand into the renewable energy sector.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has expanded its environmental practice with the addition of two former name partners from environmental boutique Karaganis White & Magel Ltd.
As we gear up for the next meeting by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation — scheduled for Jan. 31 in the backyard of the “Most Magical Place on Earth,” Orlando, Fla. — let us explore a recurring question that the Panel addressed in two of its rulings on motions heard at its last session in Dallas, Texas: When will the Panel NOT create an MDL? says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The convergence of climate change, which most scientists say is accelerating due, in major part, to the burning of hydrocarbons, and trade law, which is impeding the development of green technologies, requires bold leadership. The world often looks to the U.S. for global leadership, but on this subject President Obama is stymied by domestic politics and competing priorities. China is in an ideal position to assert leadership in two specific ways, says Elliot Feldman of BakerHostetler.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it generally will not seek cleanup costs from tenants who lease contaminated properties. Better able to protect themselves against liability under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, tenants must now carefully consider what level of due diligence to conduct, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In Sargon Enterprises Inc. v. University of Southern California, the California Supreme Court clarified the standards that govern the admissibility of expert opinion testimony under California Evidence Code §§ 801(b) and 802. Although Sargon involved a dispute about the admissibility of expert testimony concerning lost profits, the general admissibility principles articulated by the Supreme Court will have significant impact beyond the lost profits context, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
In the 26 months since Thomas Kilbride became chief justice, the Illinois Supreme Court has decided 80 civil cases. In reviewing those cases, one statistic leaps out, confirming the impression of a highly unified court: 67.5 percent of the court's civil decisions have been unanimous. Significant dissent is rare. Our analysis of the dynamics of the Kilbride court just past its second anniversary suggests several tentative lessons for counsel, says Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.
Businesses that suffered losses due to mandatory evacuation orders during Hurricane Sandy may seek coverage under civil authority provisions. But would such provisions be triggered when an evacuation was ordered before the evacuation area sustained any damage? Reviewing how courts considered civil authority coverage in cases from past storms can answer this question, says Thomas Caswell of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
In 2012, New York state’s environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing surpassed the four-year mark, resulting in a complete halt on shale development in New York. Optimistically, this unimaginably lengthy and tiresome process is expected to conclude in early 2013, say attorneys with Hiscock & Barclay LLP.
Recently, the California Department of Environmental Conservation issued a discussion draft of proposed regulations requiring operators of fracking wells to report the types of chemicals used and the location of wells that utilize fracking. This draft represents a starting point for discussion between regulatory agencies and other interested parties that is anticipated to provide a basis for formal rulemaking, says Julia Stein of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
Whenever buyers and sellers negotiate environmental cleanup obligations under a real estate purchase agreement, they must consider what will happen if the party bearing the cleanup obligations files for bankruptcy. There are practical implications for such buyers and sellers following the recent decision by the Southern District of New York in Route 21 Associates of Belleville Inc. v. MHC Inc., say William Wagner and Paul Deignan of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its rule tightening the national ambient air quality standards for fine particles emitted by a wide variety of sources, including power plants, industrial facilities and gasoline and diesel engines. The revised standards may well result in more stringent emission controls, permitting challenges and associated delays for major new sources and plant expansions, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.