Katten’s Environmental Litigation team represents large manufacturing and energy companies in appeals of federal agency rulemakings, enforcement actions, climate change litigation and multimillion-dollar cost-recovery cases. Our attorneys have represented numerous companies, industry organizations and individuals in litigation involving environmental issues before the Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and state and federal lower courts. We have litigated on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association, the Fine Particulate Litigation Group, the Texas Oil & Gas Association, the Air Permitting Forum, the Auto Industry Forum, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petrochemicals & Refiners Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council.
We provide high-quality appellate representation before US Courts of Appeal and US District Courts in challenges to federal and state agency rulemakings. We also litigate environmental permit appeals and enforcement actions before federal and state environmental agencies and courts and we have a particularly significant depth of experience dealing with contested permits in the state of Texas. In addition, we represent companies and individuals such as corporate executives and other employees, in actions triggered by any number of causes, including releases to the environment, whistleblowers, citizen complaints, self-audits and disclosures, search warrants, grand jury subpoenas or otherwise. Our team can quickly assess the case, consider alternative resolutions—including the prospects and risks of settlement or mediation—and, where necessary, litigate the matter to conclusion. We represent our clients in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and similar state actions. With streamlined and cost-effective case management, our Environmental Litigation practice represents clients through every phase of an administrative, civil or criminal proceeding.