Practices

Environmental

King & Spalding’s litigators are engaged by Fortune 100 companies to handle their most significant environmental litigation throughout the U.S., Europe, and in developing countries. We have served as lead counsel in trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings involving high-exposure and high-profile issues in the most difficult venues. With lawyers in our offices in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., 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 litigation practice has been widely recognized as one of the best in the U.S., having been named as a Law360 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.

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.

We have developed world-renowned energy law credentials. We specialize in handling environmental litigation for energy clients, including handling litigation involving Clean Air Act, FERC, pipeline regulation, waters and wetlands issues, and climate change issues.

Government service is part of the fabric of our team and we use that experience to advise our clients on environmental litigation matters. Six of our partners formerly served as federal or state environmental enforcement personnel. This includes a former U.S. 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.

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Practice Lawyers

Granta Nakayama
Washington, D.C.

Gennaro Filice
San Francisco

Carol M Wood
Houston

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


U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

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


Law 360

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