Environmental Regulatory

Environmental issues dominate the news.  New and existing products and industrial processes face challenges as their environmental impact is reexamined, existing regulations are reviewed, and new regulations are promulgated. Companies must navigate complex and changing norms and rules that increasingly govern their business. 

Our lawyers work to understand our client’s businesses and we help navigate regulatory obstacles to achieve their business goals. Top companies turn to King & Spalding’s national environmental, health and safety (EHS) practice because of our first-hand knowledge of how agencies operate, our sophisticated understanding of the multitude of regulations governing different industries, and our strategic counsel oriented to business solutions. Our environmental attorneys have decades of experience advising clients on a wide range of environmental issues across all media. Our group includes lawyers with technical backgrounds—engineering, chemistry, biology, land use, environmental policy—who function well at the intersection of law and science, present issues in plain English, and work to find practical solutions to complex problems.

We have significant experience partnering with and assisting clients at every stage of their business through strategic, cost-effective counseling, negotiations, and litigation. We help clients with siting and permitting of new projects, compliance assurance, auditing and environmental management systems for operating facilities, remediation and site closure, rulemakings, transactional support, and Superfund matters. When our clients face an enforcement action, we have an extensive bench of former US EPA and state enforcement attorneys and former federal prosecutors who are experienced on both sides of civil and criminal enforcement actions.

When a dispute arises, whether with a regulatory agency, an environmental organization, or another party, we first seek to resolve the matter through skilled negotiation.  But when litigation is required, we effectively represent our clients’ interests in federal and state administrative forums and courts. In the most difficult of venues, we have defended our clients’ interests in disputes involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, pipeline regulations, waters and wetlands issues, and climate change implications

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Practice Lawyers

Top Tier Environmental Litigation Firm in 2016

Legal 500

"Environmental Group of the Year" in 2011, 2013 and 2016


Mass Tort/Class Actions "Law Firm of the Year"

U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

Mass Tort & Product Liability "Top Tier Firm" in 2016

Chambers USA

"Top Tier Firm" in 2016 for France - Environment

Chambers Europe

"Tier 1 Firm" in France: Environment

Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Mass Tort "Tier 1 Firm" in 2015 & 2016

Legal 500