In the complex maze of environmental and natural resources law, simply identifying the applicable requirements can be difficult, and implementing the requirements in an effective manner while running a business or public entity is even more challenging.

When things go wrong, enforcement actions and litigation can exact a heavy toll on operations, affecting its personnel, finances, and credibility with customers and stakeholders. Considering the complexities of the law and the consequences of noncompliance, many companies and public entities realize they cannot maintain all the necessary and most up-to-date legal knowledge within their own organizations.

K&L Gates has experienced lawyers in the United States, European Union, and Asia who are dedicated to developing creative and cost-effective solutions to the environmental, land use, and natural resource challenges confronting our clients. Notably, some of our U.S. environment lawyers are former regulatory lawyers and prosecutors, having served with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, National Marine Fisheries Service, and various state agencies.

We work to successfully navigate the maze of regulatory requirements and maintain good relations with regulatory agencies, elected officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Native American tribes, and the public. We help clients anticipate and avoid problems before they impede their objectives or result in needless, costly litigation. When necessary, we forcefully litigate problems that cannot otherwise be resolved.

Our practice is as diverse as our clients, who come to K&L Gates from around the world and from nearly every major industry. We have successfully handled matters for clients ranging in size from small, single-location manufacturers or small local governments to global Fortune 50 companies and major metropolitan service districts. The practice is a recognized leader in such emerging areas as alternative energy and carbon trading, environmental justice, natural resources damages, degraded urban rivers, brownfield redevelopment, maritime, and the developing E.U. regulatory regimes.

The group also has substantial experience in complex, multi-disciplinary project development work for private clients, public clients, and public/private partnerships (typically on major infrastructure projects). This work combines such specialties as environmental and land use permitting, site remediation, transactional counseling, and project financing.

The superior experience and service our team provides has been recognized by several publications, a recent selection includes:

  • Legal 500 recognized our “exceptional” team in their 2017 Legal 500 ranking as one of the leading environmental litigation practices in the United States.
  • In the 2017 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey our national Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation teams received Tier 1 rankings. At the local level, nine offices were included in the survey for Environmental Law and eight offices were included for Environmental Litigation.
  • The nationwide practice has been recognized by the 2017 edition of Chambers USA. During their review, Chambers found that the team is comprised of “high-quality people” who are “very good at what they do and in accommodating client needs.” Practices in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington state were also featured, along with 13 of our practitioners.