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    Steptoe & Johnson’s environmental attorneys represent clients before federal, state, and local courts and administrative boards in civil, criminal, and administrative matters.

    Our environmental lawyers possess extensive experience as seasoned litigators who can handle commercial and environmental litigation in high-profile cases.

    Environmental practice group attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to understand the highly technical nature of environmental issues.

     

    What Sets Us Apart

    • Technical and scientific degrees held by team members in geology, engineering, environmental science, and mining provide clients with solid legal representation built on a technical foundation
    • Leadership roles in environmental/energy trade organizations and regional/national multi-stakeholder technical advisory groups provide clients with a voice on critical issues
    • Team members are actively involved in shaping environmental and energy policy and in promulgating regulations
    • Active working relationships with state and federal government officials in all licensed states
    • Represent regulated industries including energy, power generation, chemical, manufacturing, mining, municipalities, research and development, transportation, waste disposal, commercial development, and banking and finance
    • More than 30% of the team has in-house counsel or regulatory agency experience
    • Attorneys licensed in IN, KY, OH, PA, VA, and WV
    • 50% of team members recognized as The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Fellows of the American College of Environmental Lawyers
    • Three registered lobbyists represent clients regarding environmental issues in multiple states
    • Provide the right experience mix of lawyers, government affairs and technical professionals to enhance efficiency
    How We Have Helped

    The Environmental Practice Group includes attorneys who counsel clients on environmental issues, including the following:

    • Providing clients and federal and state industry trade associations with technical and legal expertise regarding emerging rule-makings, including the drafting of comments and/or challenges to new or proposed U.S. EPA rule-makings regarding waters of the United States, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, interstate air transport and methane emissions from the oil and gas industry
    • Industry and municipality compliance under federal and state laws and regulations
    • Penalty and enforcement actions
    • Site remediation and planning (including Brownfields)
    • Indemnity and transactional documentation
    • Audit and assessment planning
    • Underground and aboveground storage tank management, remediation, and closure
    • United States Army Corps of Engineers permitting, compliance, and enforcement under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
    • Superfund cost recovery, allocations and site delisting
    • RCRA and hazardous and solid waste disposal permitting and enforcement
    • Acquisition of drilled oil and gas wells and undeveloped leases in the Appalachian Basin
    • Clean Water Act permitting, compliance, and enforcement
    • Endangered Species Act consultation
    • Complex federal citizen-suit litigation
    • Compliance counseling under all environmental regulatory programs
    • Real estate and infrastructure development
    • Toxic tort litigation
    • EPCRA/CERCLA releases and reporting
    • PCB and TSCA
    • Asbestos
    • Oil Pollution Act (SPCC)
    • Cultural Resources/National Historical Preservation Act
    • NEPA
    • Self audit disclosures
    • FIFRA
    • Environmental justice 
    • Pipeline safety (PHMSA)

    Team Members

    William E. Chambers

    Senior Environmental Consultant

    Joyce A. Gentry

    Senior Environmental Engineer

    John J. Keeling

    Senior Environmental, Health & Safety Consultant

    Selena J. Lewis

    Environmental Consultant

    Jennifer S. Linder

    Industrial Hygienist