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King & Spalding’s lawyers handle the entire spectrum of environmental litigation and represent our clients in state and federal forums all over the US and in Europe, and before international arbitration tribunals.  With about 100 lawyers in our offices in Atlanta, Washington, DC, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Paris, we deal with every kind of environmental dispute—permit appeals, administrative rule challenges, agency enforcement actions, cost recovery claims, toxic tort cases, trials over alleged contamination, and international arbitrations dealing with historic contamination.

Our environmental practice has been widely recognized as one of the best in the U.S, having been named as a Law 360 Practice Group of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2015. The practice is nationally ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500, and individual partners are very highly ranked by these and other attorney rating organizations. The key differentiators of our environmental litigation work include the following:

  • Deep Bench of First Chair Trial Lawyers.  We have served as lead counsel in trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings involving high-exposure and high-profile groundwater, waste, soil, water, air, and climate issues in the most difficult venues.  Our team is engaged by Fortune 100 companies to handle their most significant environmental litigation throughout the United States and in developing countries. 

  • Unmatched Focus on Scientific and Technical Issues. Our lawyers have strong technical backgrounds; many have engineering and scientific expertise.  We have developed deep relationships within the scientific and medical communities, and have presented and cross-examined literally hundreds of medical and technical experts in environmental matters.  And our lawyers are well-known for translating complex environmental and scientific issues into language that judges and juries can understand.

  • Renowned Environmental Agency Enforcement Expertise.  Six of our partners formerly served as federal or state environmental enforcement personnel.  This includes a former US Attorney and Supreme Court clerk, the former EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and several former senior EPA and state agency personnel. 

  • Intersection of Environment and Energy. Our lawyers have world-renowned energy law credentials, and advise our clients on matters at the intersection of the environment and energy sectors. We specialize in handling environmental issues relating to project developments - the most challenging area faced by project developers. Our work in this area covers Clean Air Act, FERC, pipeline regulation, waters and wetlands issues, and climate change implications.

Patricia T Barmeyer 
T: +1 404 572 3563 ATLANTA
Tracie J Renfroe 
T: +1 713 751 3214 HOUSTON
Cynthia AM Stroman (Cynthia) 
T: +1 202 626 2381 WASHINGTON, D.C.
T: +1 713 276 7364 HOUSTON
Gennaro Filice (Gus) 
T: +1 415 318 1262 SAN FRANCISCO
Carol M Wood 
T: +1 713 751 3209 HOUSTON
James K Vines (Jim) 
T: +1 404 572 4822  ATLANTA
T: +1 202 383 8921 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Joëlle Herschtel 
T: +33 1 7300 3918 PARIS
Granta Nakayama 
T: +1 202 626 3733 WASHINGTON, D.C.
Ilana Saltzbart 
T: +1 202 626 3745 WASHINGTON, D.C.