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What the team is known for Well-respected environment practice renowned for its strength in water matters. Routinely handles site development and environmental litigation, as well as conducting environmental due diligence on business transactions. Acts for a diverse range of clients, including major energy and water companies, trade associations and municipalities. Also noted for its strength in state and federal regulatory matters, offering clients the benefits of its attorneys' strong links with the relevant bodies. Strength in Virginia is supplemented by a strong national presence and environmental law department.
Strengths"They have been a tremendous resource for us and have helped us navigate some of the most complex issues we've had to deal with on the environmental front," a client says.
One source praises the firm for its "efficiency in dealing with clients and their problems," as well as the team's "commitment to maintaining an up-to-the-minute knowledge of changes in laws and regulations and their interpretation."
Work highlights Advised the City of Richmond on obtaining one of the first integrated Clean Water Act permits in the country, which will incorporate NPDES obligations for each of the City’s wastewater, stormwater and drinking water utilities.
Andrea Wortzel 's environmental practice sees her handling water-related issues such as permitting and supply planning, as well as advising clients on landfill and waste management matters. One client praises her "expertise and strategic, tactical problem-solving skills."
Brooks Smith as a "distinguished lawyer" who is "incredibly knowledgeable and very well respected," particularly in the field of water law. He represents clients such as water treatment facilities, hydropower plants and coal companies in litigation and enforcement actions, as well as advising them on permitting and compliance issues.
Shannon Varner is well regarded for his "wealth of knowledge and good skills" in the environmental sphere. He advises clients on a range of issues including permitting and regulatory compliance, brownfield redevelopment and voluntary remediation programs.