Here we recognise 29 individuals for their exceptional work in the environmental sector on a broad range of issues, from waste management and contaminated sites to energy projects.
Most Highly Regarded
Barry Trilling of The Trilling Environmental Law Firm is a top-tier lawyer with “broad and deep environmental experience”. He has “particular strength in water contamination matters”.
Michelle Diffenderfer at Lewis Longman & Walker is “terrific for government-related environmental work” on drainage impacts, endangered species, wetland issues and the full gamut of water-related problems.
Alfred Malefatto is “a wonderful lawyer” renowned for his speciality in hazardous waste and land-use matters.
John Barkett with Shook Hardy & Bacon is a “distinguished and revered lawyer” with a “tremendously strong practice”, covering disputes around contamination, hazardous waste and other environmental issues.
At White & Case, Neal McAliley is a “leading lawyer”, highly esteemed for his “immense litigation experience coming from his time at the DOJ” and his “exceptional work for clients in the mining industry”.
Douglas Halsey “does a lot of land use work”, remark sources who applaud his expert handling of dirt, wetland and NEPA-related matters.
The “excellent” Robert Manning with Hopping Green & Sams is “the go-to lawyer for air pollution matters” thanks to his 25-plus years of experience in the field.
Michael Cooke of Greenberg Traurig is renowned for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of air regulations” as well as the stellar advice he gives to clients on renewables, zoning matters and wastewater issues.
At Akerman, Silvia Alderman enjoys a “fantastic reputation and strong practice” for her expertise on water-related issues.
Jason Lichtstein is held in high regard by peers for his impressive knowledge of brownfield-related financings and regulation.
Ralph DeMeo of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz is “widely respected as one of the very best attorneys in this field”. He has a “strong understanding of the full spectrum of contamination and waste issues”.
Independent practitioner William Preston is highlighted for his “immaculate reputation” as an “expert in the waste area”, and has more than 35 years of experience in environmental law.