Environment & Natural Resources

The lawyers and policy advisors of Crowell & Moring's Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Group work seamlessly to provide solutions spanning the range of environmental, energy, and natural resource matters. We understand that our clients' challenges and opportunities arise at the intersection of business, legal, regulatory, and policy concerns. Our multidisciplinary team guides clients through the maze of ever-evolving laws and regulations governing their products and services.

The ENR Group includes over 40 counselors, litigators, and trial lawyers. We are a Washington, D.C., practice in origin, and for over three decades have successfully navigated the corridors of the federal government on behalf of our clients. Our practitioners reside in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Alaska, and Wyoming, and offer a vantage point that is at once local, national, and global. Several ENR members joined our practice after serving in high-ranking positions in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government and top positions at the state level. We understand how government operates because we have been there.

ENR practitioners have national reputations in air and water quality, civil and criminal environmental litigation, energy and infrastructure projects and transactions, energy-related administrative proceedings and litigation, federal wildlife law and endangered species, mine safety, environmental tort litigation and trial, land use, toxic substances, chemical regulation, site cleanup and reclamation, biotechnology, federal energy regulation, consumer products regulation, and workplace safety and health. We regularly bring our experience to bear on new and emerging topics, from hydraulic fracturing to renewable energy, to climate change, and beyond.

Our collaborative, winning approach to business needs has been recognized by legal and industry ratings services, which annually count us among the premier national practices. Our lawyers are featured top practitioners in Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America, PLC Which Lawyer?, Super Lawyers, and elsewhere. That said, it is the scorecards of our clients that matter most. As a client recently said to Chambers and Partners, publishers of the Chambers guides, "The quality of the work product is very high and they are a collegial and team-oriented group." Our client roster is a "who's who" of the full array of industry sectors and entities with environmental, energy, and natural resource needs. We pride ourselves on forging enduring client relationship built on excellence, responsiveness, business savvy, efficiency, and creativity.

We counsel, litigate, and handle transactions and investigations on behalf of oil and gas producers, coal and metal/non-metal mining companies, renewable energy providers, natural gas gathering and midstream entities, processors, energy service entities, utilities, chemical and pesticide manufacturers, forest products and agricultural interests, water suppliers and purchasers, trade associations, financial institutions, state and local governments, foundations, and others. Our broad experience allows us to consider the complete range of administrative, judicial, and legislative solutions available, and help clients select those that are most expeditious and cost effective.

ENR Group lawyers represent domestic and international clients in commercial and regulatory matters involving the purchase, sale, financing, extraction, transportation, storage, distribution, and development of electric, oil, natural gas, LNG, wind, and other energy sources. Our energy-related services include counseling, representation in regulatory agency proceedings, litigation in federal and state courts, advocacy before Congress and executive branch decision makers, and the negotiation and documentation of commercial agreements throughout the United States and elsewhere.

When disputes can be avoided, we help clients avoid them. Litigation prevention is a cornerstone of our counseling, in keeping with our tradition of deeply learning our clients' operations and objectives so as to anticipate and avoid problems rather than reacting to them.

When disputes arise, we represent our clients in all relevant forums. We try cases to verdict, and handle them on appeal. We are equally at home in court and before the myriad agencies that regulate our clients' operations, be they the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Labor, and Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other federal and state administrative bodies. ENR Group lawyers have argued successfully at all levels of the judiciary, winning for clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal and state courts of appeal, and trial courts nationwide.