We defend a wide variety of clients in administrative, civil, and criminal environmental enforcement matters in state and federal courts, as well as before regulatory agencies. Our team has extensive experience and a range of capabilities, enhanced by some of our team members’ tenures in key positions in the federal government, including one who is a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and a former Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, as well as a former Assistant Section Chief of Environmental Enforcement at the Justice Department.
Our depth of talent and experience makes Vinson & Elkins one of the few law firms in the United States with this distinct capability. Our judgment, along with our technical understanding of our clients’ businesses, particularly the industrial, manufacturing, and energy sectors (upstream, midstream, and downstream), allows us to anticipate and identify the collateral effects of regulations and environmental enforcement on our clients’ operations.
defended clients in high-profile matters, such as civil and criminal enforcement
actions, environmental citizen suits, and alleged permit violations, among many
others. We understand there is nothing routine about environmental enforcement
issues, and all facilities are subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement,
regardless of the industry. When a client faces an enforcement action, whether
administrative or judicial, our team provides a strong defense, tracks ongoing
technical and regulatory requirements, engages in negotiations with the
regulators, and plays an ongoing advisory role with the client to help ensure future
proven counsel in this arena face significant risk, exposure, and other consequences.
Enforcement actions can result in significant fines and penalties, as well as injunctive
relief, threaten a particular project or facility by prohibiting expansion or
ongoing operations, affect a company’s eligibility to participate in government
contracts, and interfere with how the company manages its operations. Drawing
on our vast internal network of experienced lawyers, and because the
relevant regulatory and enforcement agencies know and respect us, our team can achieve
cost-effective and satisfactory resolutions of environmental enforcement matters
for our clients.