In the latest edition of WWL: Environment, we recognise 796 of the world’s leading environmental practitioners. Those included are extremely knowledgeable in an array of environmental matters, including regulatory investigations, large-scale infrastructure projects and environmental litigation.
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Claudia O’Brien is noted as a “great chemical lawyer” with deep expertise in the environmental arena, especially regarding all aspects of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
Steven Croley is an impressive environmental law expert, highlighted for his expert handling of energy and environmental matters including liquified natural gas exports and water resource issues.
Tommy Beaudreau is distinguished in the market thanks to his first-rate practice, which offers clients a wealth of insight into energy and environmental issues.
Gary Gengel is an extremely adept environmental lawyer, who has vast experience representing companies in matters including natural resource damage claims and toxic tort litigation.
Michael Carroll is commended for his impressive environment practice as well as his deep expertise relating to the Clean Air Act and various air quality issues.
David Buente Jr has enviable expertise that covers a vast array of environmental matters, ranging from environmental litigation to regulation relating to the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
Justin Savage ranks highly among peers who consider him an “all-star” for his sweeping knowledge of environmental issues relating to major projects within the auto and energy sectors.
Peter Keisler is a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience representing a range of clients in high-stake cases before the US Supreme Court and federal tribunals.
Judith Praitis is a “bright lawyer” with a focus on a broad range of environmental transactional issues, and on air, water and waste management permitting and compliance matters.
Samuel Boxerman is recommended for his ability to adeptly assist clients in a range of environmental civil litigation.
Joel Gross is distinguished as a “really good lawyer” by sources who recognise his impressive expertise handling a range of litigious and non-litigious environmental matters, and regulatory and environmental compliance issues.
Trenton Norris is held in high regard for his in-depth knowledge of environmental issues relating to a range of industries and associated compliance and regulatory issues.
Brian Israel dedicates his distinguished practice to representing clients, including several Fortune 500 companies, in very complex and high-profile environmental matters.
Jonathan Martel performs top-tier work in environmental regulatory matters, where he advises and represents clients from a variety of sectors on Clean Air Act and other related matters.
Michael Gerrard is acclaimed for his extensive experience in handling complex cases and dealing with the environmental aspects of many transactions and development projects.
John Cruden is recognised for his outstanding work handling a wide array of environmental matters and is lauded as “very smart lawyer who knows his way around environmental issues”.
K Russell LaMotte is a distinguished name in the market who is endorsed for his impressive practice and considered “excellent for product compliance issues”.
Marc Goldstein is “highly thought of” as “a great strategic thinker, a good team manager and a good litigator” by peers who dub him “great to work with”.
Tamara Farber stands out for her broad and detailed knowledge in environmental law. She is a highly experienced litigator in domestic and international disputes, and showcases extensive experience of real estate and business transactions.
Brian Buttigieg is distinguished for his ability to assist clients in civil litigation and regulatory defence representation in environmental matters.
Gary Guzy is a long-standing fixture in the market and is widely respected for his first-rate practice spanning a range of clean energy and environmental matters.
Kevin Poloncarz enjoys a great reputation in the environmental sector among peers, with one impressed source stating: “I think the world of him. I refer clients to him.”
Theodore Garrett is a leading light in the environment arena and is renowned for his “world-class” practice, which has seen him advising on compliance, regulatory and enforcement issues concerning a wide array of environmental issues.
Julie Abouchar is a key name in the Canadian environmental arena who is highly recommended for her expertise in contentious proceedings.
Marc McAree is a prominent environmental law specialist, known for his adept handling of environmental law and litigation issues.
Charles (Chuck) Birchall is a dedicated environmental law specialist with over 25 years’ experience of environmental law, including matters related to Aboriginal law, consultation and economic development.
Rodney Northey focuses his practice on regulatory approvals and strategies across the gamut of approvals relating to the environment.
Jennifer Danahy is often seen advising lenders, borrowers, vendors and purchases in relation to the environmental aspects of corporate transactions.
Christopher Carr is highly recommended by sources for his impressive environmental practice and for being “excellent on land use and permitting” issues.
Steven Solow is an outstanding lawyer who garners praise for his strength advising clients on regulatory matters in the chemical, energy and construction industries.
Molly Cagle represents clients before numerous agencies and federal and state courts and she also offers comprehensive advice to clients on the full gamut of environmental matters.
Alexandria Pike is a distinguished figure in the market who excels in environmental disputes and advisory matters involving indigenous interests and a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing, chemical and energy.
Sarah Powell is commended for her in-depth knowledge of environmental and energy law, and for her adept ability to provide clients with reliable advice.
Marie-Claude Bellemare is endorsed for her extensive experience navigating matters in the environmental space.
The “excellent” Jonathan Kahn is a highly regarded environmental law expert who is “very strong on the international stage”, according to impressed sources.
Charles Kazaz is renowned for his profound knowledge of environmental planning matters and associated compliance and development issues.
Tony Crossman is a “brilliant environmental lawyer” whose dynamic practice has seen him work in the energy, mining, natural resources and forestry sectors.
James Dragna stands out among peers for his “excellent” practice, which sees him advising clients on environmental matters including air, water and wastewater enforcement and litigation.
Rick Rothman is a “bona fide” environmental expert who garners high praise for his widespread knowledge of environmental and energy laws concerning air and water quality, and hazardous substances.
Other leading individuals
Larry Cobb of Stikeman Elliott is held in high esteem as one of the leading environmental lawyers in the country, thanks to his expert management of environmental liability claims and structuring of business transactions.
Rosalind Cooper at Fasken is a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation for contaminated land disputes and defending environmental charges.
Dennis Mahony at Torys stands out for his in-depth expertise when it comes to handling sophisticated and complex environmental matters.
Michael Fortier is highlighted for his noteworthy practice and deep expertise in a broad range of environmental and indigenous law matters.
Leonard Griffiths at Bennett Jones is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to his vast experience assisting clients on matters regarding air, water, hazardous and non-hazardous waste and a variety of other regulatory issues.
Paul Cassidy at McCarthy Tétrault has enviable expertise that covers an array of environmental matters, ranging from natural resources extraction to manufacturing and transportation.
Janet Bobechko at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada impresses with the breadth of her knowledge on all aspects of environmental law spanning various sectors including manufacturing, mining and chemical.
At Sheahan, Anne-Marie Sheahan enjoys an excellent reputation within the environment and climate change space thanks to her broad expertise on a range of sector-related matters.
At Bergeson & Campbell, Lynn Bergeson is renowned for her “terrific” practice and her significant experience handling environmental concerns within the chemical sector.
F William Brownell of Hunton Andrews Kurth is a highly experienced environmental lawyer with a top-tier practice encompassing environmental litigation, regulation and climate change law.
Andrea Bear Field is a long-standing player in the field with extensive knowledge on a range of issues related to the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
At Vinson & Elkins Kevin Gaynor is commended for his excellent work handling complex environmental regulatory proceedings and litigation.
Seth Jaffe of Foley Hoag is “at the very top of the heap in terms of the quality of environmental lawyers in Massachusetts”. He is a “strategic and effective” practitioner and gains further plaudits for being a “real thought leader, influential and prolific in the field”.
James Bruen from Farella Braun + Martel is highly respected in the field for his extensive expertise in environmental litigation and complex contentious proceedings.
Thomas Lorenzen is a well-recognised figure at Crowell & Moring for his broad environmental practice. He focuses his practice on advising his clients on a variety of environmental policy and regulation.
Christopher Schraff at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has dynamic practice which sees him litigating various civil and criminal environmental matters.
Sandi Nichols at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis is well thought of in the market thanks to her leading expertise in environmental and natural resource litigation and compliance.
Holland & Knight’s Jennifer Hernandez excels in environmental law, and is regarded as “an authority on nuclear waste” and is endorsed as “the go-to person” in this area.
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Magnus Fröberg is widely recognised as one of the top environmental lawyers in the region. He draws praise for his sophisticated knowledge of land and environmental law, and his experience with environmental authorities.
Mikael Berglund is commended for his broad expertise in environmental law and is highlighted for his impressive experience handling international and national infrastructure projects.
Mikael Lundholm is highly respected in the field and focuses his dynamic practice on assisting clients with complex waste management, mining and wind power regulatory issues.
Mikael Hägglöf enjoys an excellent reputation as a highly favoured practitioner thanks to his vast experience in environmental law.
Vanessa Havard-Williams sits among the top tier of environment lawyers in England, according to peers who highly recommend her “fantastic” practice.
Chris Staples is widely endorsed for his well-established environmental law practice, which has gained him plaudits as a “savvy, smart and commercial arbitrator”.
Lieve Swartenbroux leads the firm’s environmental and public law team at the Brussels office. She displays a wealth of knowledge of the field, and also has expertise in a range of energy law matters.
Caroline May expertly acts for clients in contentious and non-contentious proceedings, and demonstrates a wide-ranging skillset that includes extensive experience in urban regeneration and brownfield site projects.
Tina Costas is a dedicated environmental lawyer with vast experience in regulatory, compliance and contentious matters.
Olivia Jamison stands out among peers for her broad practice spanning complex environment and health and safety issues in a wide array of sectors, including waste management, tech and manufacturing.
Paul Sheridan focuses his superb practice on advising clients from many industries on various contentious and non-contentious environment matters.
Sources highlight Fritz von Hammerstein as an “excellent expert” in the field. He is highly regarded for his vast experience in planning and infrastructure projects.
Other leading individuals
Jan Bouckaert at Stibbe stands out as a “truly excellent all-round environmental lawyer” who impresses peers with his high-calibre work in zoning, planning, nuclear law and expropriation.
Matthew Townsend of Allen & Overy wins praise for his “excellent practice” and profound expertise in a range of corporate and environmental matters.
Latham & Watkins’ Paul Davies gains recognition as an “undisputed international expert” who sources highlight for his impressive work on ESG and his “wide international network”.
Doug Bryden at Travers Smith is a “very smart” lawyer, singled out by sources for his strong expertise in compliance, risk and liability management issues, and for his “friendly and commercial” practice.
Ben Stansfield at Gowling WLG is “very well known” in the market according to sources who applaud his “excellent” work in handling contentious environmental planning matters.
The “excellent” Samantha Brady at Slaughter and May has built up a top-tier practice, which has seen her advise on all aspects of environmental and health and safety law.
Borenius Attorneys is home to Casper Herler, a “highly competent” lawyer who demonstrates adept handling of a wide range of issues related to environmental law, natural resources and infrastructure projects.
Vincent Brenot at August Debouzy wins widespread plaudits as “the best in France” from sources who commend his impressive work advising on planning and environmental law.
Shepstone & Wylie’s Ian Sampson is enthusiastically praised as “very knowledgeable”, and credited with “great attention to detail” and “in-depth knowledge about the pulp manufacturing environment”.
Lloyd Christie at ENSafrica is a prominent figure in the South African market and focuses his well-known practice on matters of mining and environmental law, including mineral resource regulation, finance projects and environmental regulation.
At Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå, Per Molander is an eminent environmental adviser and “one of the best” in the market due to his vast experience assisting industrial companies with environmental assessments.
Felicia Ullerstam is renowned for her leading expertise in environmental law relating to permit applications and regulatory risk assessments.
Tove Andersson at Setterwalls leads the firm’s environment team and possesses considerable experience advising on environmental permitting, water rights and planning and construction issues.
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Other leading individuals
The “excellent” Guillermo Malm Green of Brons & Salas Abogados draws praise as an “knowledgeable and friendly” environmental lawyer. He has a broad practice, which focuses on due diligence, environmental housekeeping and litigation.
Édis Milaré of Milaré Advogados is “very well known” in the field, and “remains a star individual with clients and authorities”.
Lina Pimentel Garcia of Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is “very present” and “a very good lawyer in the field”, who is said to “circulate well with peers and authorities”.
Demarest Advogados’ Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna is “very well known and respected” in the market, earning commendation as a “very good negotiator”.
Renata Oliveira Pires Castanho at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados “recommended as a good professional” by her peers in the field thanks to her extensive experience advising on environmental law in a wide range of sectors including automotive, electric power and solid waste.
Mario Galindo of Vergara Galindo Correa Abogados gains plaudits as a “very capable and incredibly technical lawyer”. He is endorsed as an “experienced litigator” with “a high knowledge of administrative and environmental law”.
Rodrigo Guzmán Rosen leads the environmental law practice at Carcelén, Desmadryl, Guzmán & Tapia. He draws fulsome praise for his intricate knowledge of regulatory and environment matters.
FerradaNehme’s Patricio Leyton is recognised for his impressive practice, which sees him advising national and foreign clients on environmental litigation and assessments.
Carlos de Icaza at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez is one of the foremost environmental lawyers in Mexico, highly respected for his leading expertise in environmental regulatory and transactional issues.
Leopoldo Burguete-Stanek at Gonzalez Calvillo is a long-standing figure in the market, with over 30 years of experience advising on all aspects on environmental and natural resources law.
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Elisa de Wit has a fantastic reputation for her immense expertise in environmental and climate change law, including pollution control, waste management and contaminated land issues.
Nick Brunton is recognised for his technical expertise on complex environmental issues, as well as his in-depth knowledge of land acquisition, planning and natural resources law.
Other leading individuals
Christine Covington at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is regarded as “a leader in her field” for her extensive knowledge of property development, planning and environmental compliance.
At Herbert Smith Freehills Peter Briggs is renowned for his notable experience advising major corporate and government clients on a variety of complex matters related to environmental and planning issues.
Brad Wylynko of Clayton Utz is a highly respected environmental lawyer, acknowledged for his broad practice which covers environmental law, resources and energy projects.
Baker McKenzie’s Paul Curnow is singled out for his impressive practice which focuses on all issues related to the development and financing of renewable power and environmental projects.
The “excellent” George He Zhu at JunHe is recognised as a “leading environmental lawyer in China” thanks to his vast experience assisting multinational companies on a range of energy, power and infrastructure matters.
Sang Yeol Park at EJELAW is very well known in the Korean market and has an “excellent reputation in environmental law” due to his impressive litigation work.
Rachel Devine at MinterEllisonRuddWatts frequently advises on all aspects of environmental and resource management law and stands out as the “preferred lawyer of choice in New Zealand” for one impressed commentator.