National Law Journal Names Kevin Gaynor An "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer"
The National Law
Journal (NLJ) has selected Vinson
& Elkins partner Kevin Gaynor to its list of 2017 “Energy and Environmental
Trailblazers.” As one of 50 legal professionals nationwide to be honored,
Gaynor is recognized for his contributions and achievements in the
Gaynor, a partner at V&E’s Washington D.C. office,
practices as an environmental litigator. He focuses on the defense of
environmental civil and criminal enforcement actions and complex environmental
litigation matters. He is the national environmental litigation counsel for one
of the country’s largest natural resources companies and handles matters in
fourteen states covering all aspects of environmental litigation.
In a profile appearing in NLJ, Gaynor shares that his
interest in environmental law originated in college, which set him on the path
to law school and eventually the EPA, which he joined in 1975, during the
agency’s formative years. Before joining V&E in 1993, Gaynor also held several positions in the U.S.
Department of Justice, including Assistant Section Chief of the Environmental
and Natural Resources Division where he was involved in developing national
environmental enforcement policies and strategies, and serving as lead counsel
in several cases of national significance.
NLJ specifically highlights Gaynor’s service as DOJ
trial counsel in U.S. v. Wade, described as “the granddaddy of the early
Superfund cases,” and his accomplishments in private practice defending clients
against government enforcement actions and in cleanup disputes.
Of this year’s honorees, NLJ notes a common thread
that ties them together: “Each has shown a deep passion and perseverance in
pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”
The entire list of Energy and Environmental
Trailblazers is featured in NLJ’s June 2017 issue.