Squire Patton Boggs

Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Eminent practice representing large national and international clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to environmental law. Possesses expertise in compliance and litigation including defense of governmental enforcement actions. Excels in matters relating to site remediation, brownfield redevelopment and land use approvals. Represents clients from a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, petroleum refining and energy.

Strengths Sources say the firm possesses "great national reach" and is "worth every penny."

Work highlights Represented Ashland Global Holdings in the divestiture of its composites business to INEOS Enterprises. The transaction involved the preparation of comprehensive environmental diligence and compliance information, the negotiation of all related agreements and extensive efforts regarding related environmental permits and compliance obligations.

Notable practitioners

Douglas McWilliams is described by a sources as "a very competent air lawyer." He brings particular expertise to CAA enforcement and compliance issues in the automotive industry, among other matters. A source says: "He is very professional, knowledgeable and is a good negotiator. He has helped us to navigate some very complex issues and to avoid unnecessary expenditures."

Karen Winters advises energy and natural resources companies on compliance issues and litigation in connection with development projects located in environmentally sensitive locations such as wetland sites. An interviewee says: "She is very knowledgeable and well connected with the regulators."

Vincent Atriano is known to be "very dogged in his representation of clients." An interviewee remarks: "His blend of knowledge in environmental compliance issues and skill in advocacy is unparalleled." The source further compliments his "extremely effective preparation and analysis."