King & Spalding’s health, safety, and environmental (HSE) lawyers assist energy clients with virtually every type of HSE issue companies in the energy sector face—project development and transactional due diligence, strategic environmental issues assessment, permit appeals, enforcement actions, property damage claims, regulatory and compliance advice—across all environmental media.
Our HSE lawyers advise energy sector clients on regulation by U.S. EPA, OSHA, FERC, BOEM, BSEE, BLM, USFS and various other federal and state agencies that oversee HSE compliance. We also have particularly deep skill sets in the field of crisis management and process safety and have helped companies deal with crisis prevention and preparedness, as well as with crisis response and dispute resolution in the wake of large consequence accidents and events.
Combining Environmental Knowledge and Trial Skills. We represent energy clients in a wide variety of HSE litigation, including contamination cases, defense of government enforcement actions, criminal HSE prosecutions, toxic tort claims and citizen suits. King & Spalding’s lawyers have played key roles in many environmental cases throughout the world. King & Spalding has represented corporations and governments in citizen suits alleging violations of water permits, Corps of Engineers permits, air compliance issues, right-to-know issues and challenges to permits and remediation at solid and hazardous waste sites. We have represented clients in individual cases, purported class actions and mass torts, including motions stages and trying cases to verdict. We are also engaged frequently to perform privileged internal investigations analyzing HSE operations both in preventative and responsive contexts.
Many firms transfer environmental litigation to trial lawyers who do not have detailed knowledge of environmental law. Many environmental lawyers have never served as lead counsel in a trial. Our clients benefit from lawyers who have served as lead counsel in trials, in court hearings on injunctions and in administrative hearings involving air, water, hazardous waste, solid waste and Superfund issues. Our lawyers have handled examination of scientific and medical experts in many disciplines relating to environmental issues.
Navigating Your Projects through Complex HSE Issues. We help companies navigate the permitting process for major new developments, often in the face of intense scrutiny and vocal opposition. Developers, purchasers, sellers, lenders and investors involved in energy transactions worldwide rely on our HSE lawyers for strategic advice on assessing the HSE risk associated with complex energy transactional matters. We work closely with our clients, our colleagues in other disciplines, and, when appropriate, qualified environmental consultants, to manage HSE issues in a manner consistent with our clients’ business priorities. Our experience encompasses all phases of energy-related transactions, including compliance evaluation and liability assessment associated with target companies, negotiating and drafting HSE terms in agreements, managing permit applications and transfers, and coordinating post-acquisition integration of HSE management processes and programs. Today’s challenging energy environment requires businesses to think creatively about their opportunities and challenges, whether they are owners, operators, developers, customers, lenders, or investors.
Providing Health, Safety, and Environmental Counsel That Keeps Your Business Goals Top of Mind. We approach our clients’ HSE issues as business concerns, not just legal problems. Our lawyers have a proven record of resolving regulatory issues with state and federal HSE regulators, based on deep experience gained from working at U.S. DOJ, in state government, in Fortune 500 corporations, and in years of private practice. Our group includes lawyers with technical backgrounds—engineering, chemistry, biology, land use, environmental policy—who function well at the intersection of law and science and present the issues in plain English. We aim to find solutions and address technical and legal HSE issues in a practical and cost-effective manner, aligning subject matter expertise with client goals.
Recognized Leadership in Environmental Law. Our environmental lawyers are consistently ranked in the leading guides that rank lawyers and law firms based on client feedback.
- King & Spalding's Environmental Practice received the Law360 “Environmental Group of the Year Award” in 2011 and 2013.
- Our team is nationally ranked as a leading environmental practice in Chambers USA 2013.
- In its most recent editions, the Chambers guides recognized our environmental lawyers in France, the District of Columbia, Georgia and Texas.
- Legal 500: US named King & Spalding as one of the top Environmental Litigation practices in the country in its 2013 guide. Many of our lawyers are individually recognized by Legal 500 US.
Serving Clients Throughout the Industry. King & Spalding HSE clients are involved in all aspects of the energy sector:
- Oil & gas exploration and production, both offshore and onshore
- Petroleum and petroleum-based products
- Natural gas and LNG
- Electric power generation
- Unconventional fuels
- Energy-intensive manufacturing
- Pipelines, storage and other transportation
- Alternative and renewable energy
- Service companies