Known nationally for the results obtained for our clients on a wide range of environmental matters, Vinson & Elkins Environmental Litigation team has worked on some of the last decade’s most important and highly publicized environmental litigation matters. Led by a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General of the United States, who also served as Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and a former Assistant Section Chief of Environmental Enforcement at the Justice Department, we are skilled at handling the most complicated environmental problems our clients face.
We have litigated cases across the spectrum of environmental law, including civil and criminal enforcement, private-party litigation, toxic tort litigation, environmental citizen suits, contested permitting or rule-making, CERCLA litigation, and crisis management and response. We have particular strength in representing clients in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies, on complex environmental matters that include components such as regulatory enforcement, criminal issues, and tort or contract actions.
We are skilled negotiators with a broad and deep understanding of the issues facing clients in the industrial, manufacturing, and energy sectors. We understand the potentially catastrophic consequences of environmental litigation, such as disrupting operations, distracting executives, and damaging a company’s brand, as well as the potential monetary consequences of damages, fines, penalties, and debarment. Our goal is to achieve cost-effective and favorable resolutions of environmental matters consistent with each client’s business objectives.