Fennemore Craig

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Dominant practice group with demonstrable strength in the full range of environmental issues. Has a strong track record advising on water rights litigation, air and toxic torts and environmental assessments. Frequently called upon to assist with endangered species mandates and has broader sector strength in mining, real estate and utilities. Recognized for defending challenges to projects involving NEPA, ESA, the National Forest Management Act and the Federal Land Management and Policy Act. Deep bench accustomed to acting for corporate clients on state and federal environmental compliance.

Strengths One client hails the "excellent advice and understanding of our industry," that the team offers.

Another source appreciates the quick turnaround of the team, noting the "fast and thorough response."

Work highlights Acted for Freeport Minerals Corporation on a case against the Bureau of Land Management concerning the assertion of federal reserved water claims on the Redfield Canyon Wilderness.

Notable practitioners

Dawn Meidinger is noted for her advice in mining law, with experience in environmental permitting and land utilization matters.

Larry Caster remains a well-respected expert in the field, with particular strength handling water rights claims.

Norman James is hailed as "the premier environmental lawyer in Arizona," by one source, who adds: "His knowledge of regulatory law and the judicial process is exceptional." He offers further expertise in mining and land use matters.

Phillip Fargotstein continues to act on contamination matters and has additional experience in air quality compliance and enforcement.

Robert Anderson represents clients in disputes concerning water rights, while also advising on Clean Water Act matters and mining-related issues. He also offers assistance with endangered species matters. One client notes his "outstanding knowledge and experience with Arizona water law."

Sean Hood handles water classification and ownership disputes, acting for a varied client roster, including those in the agricultural and mining sectors.