King & Spalding LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Represents global energy companies, local governments and large developers in an array of environmental issues including brownfield redevelopment, CAA permitting and regulatory compliance. Also fields a renowned group of environmental litigators, assisting on toxic torts, water rights disputes and enforcement actions. Particular capabilities in wastewater and stormwater issues. Further strength in the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.

Strengths Clients comment: "They provide top-tier service. You get exactly what you expect when you hire the best firm."

Work highlights Advised Honeywell in connection with the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site, which was the subject of a consent degree requiring Georgia Power and Honeywell to clean up the marsh at the site and reimburse the government for future response costs.

Notable practitioners

Former EPA attorney Adam Sowatzka continues to be a strong choice to advise on environmental enforcement. He frequently assists clients with environmental incident response.

Douglas Henderson has significant experience handling environmental disputes, including toxic tort litigation. He is lauded by clients as "the best lawyer in the Southeast."

John Fortuna is especially proficient in water law. Clients say: "He very responsive and communicates well. He is easy to talk to and has a very broad knowledge of environmental law."

Leslie Oakes is respected for his handling of environmental issues arising from a variety of transactions, and is especially knowledgeable about hazardous waste issues. One source comments: "He's a great attorney, who is really creative and thinks through complicated regulatory issues for his clients."

Lewis Jones is renowned for his specialty in water law, and interviewees commend his "strong grip on the legal issues, political considerations and science that drive water law, policy and litigation."One client describes him as "very knowledgeable" and furthermore, "very practical, very friendly and always accessible." 

Patricia Barmeyer is recognized by interviewees as "an extremely talented lawyer" and a "very experienced environmental practitioner with a great depth of knowledge." She is a preeminent practitioner with a wealth of experience handling environmental litigation as well as regulatory matters. She offers expertise in water, waste and air issues.