Background - Practices (Details)

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, litigation, 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 more than 25 counselors, litigators, and trial lawyers and features top practitioners in Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers, among others. We have over three decades of experience successfully representing clients across the U.S. in all forums, including federal and state courts, agencies, and legislatures. Recently, our group was named one of six nationwide finalists for Chambers USA's 2016 Award for Excellence in Environment. And as a client recently said to Chambers and Partners to support the ENR Group's national ranking:

"The firm combines a depth of legal knowledge about the area
with the ability to do regulatory work. It also has a world-class litigation team."

Our practitioners offer an array of experiences and focus areas. Several ENR members joined our practice after serving in high-ranking positions in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, including:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (Assistant Administrator); Office of Air and Radiation (Assistant Administrator); Water Enforcement Division; Office of Pesticide Programs
  • U.S. Department of Justice – Environmental Defense Section (Assistant Section Chief, Petitions for Review); Environmental Enforcement Section; U.S. Attorney's Office
  • U.S. Department of the Interior – Office of the Solicitor; Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration and Surface Mining
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – General Counsel's Office (General Counsel)
  • U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • U.S. House of Representatives – House Energy and Commerce Committee; Energy and Power Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee; House Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power

Our ENR practitioners have wide experience and national reputations in:

  • Pesticides
  • Chemical regulation
  • Air and water quality
  • Civil and criminal environmental litigation
  • Environmental tort litigation and trial
  • Land use
  • Hazardous waste
  • Toxic substances
  • Site cleanup and reclamation
  • Consumer products regulation
  • Workplace safety and health
  • Biotechnology
  • Federal energy regulation
  • New and emerging topics, from hydraulic fracturing to renewable energy, to climate change, and beyond.

We counsel, litigate, and handle transactions and investigations in various forums on behalf of companies across diverse sectors of industry, including the following:

  • Chemical and pesticide manufacturers
  • 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
  • Forest products and agricultural interests
  • Water suppliers and purchasers
  • Trade associations
  • Financial institutions
  • State and local governments
  • Foundations

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.