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An Environmental attorney handles legal matters that pertain to the earth and its natural resources. Environmental attorneys interpret and provide advice on many different kinds of federal, state and local laws that deal with the environment. Environmental laws address oil spills, pollution, air and water quality, emissions, pesticides, groundwater, land use, land development, zoning issues, asbestos, wetlands, waste, landfills, and the protection of animals and their habitats. Major federal laws that an Environmental attorney might encounter are the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Special Act, the Marine Mammal Act, and the Migratory Bird Act.
Here are a few sample environmental attorney job descriptions:
The candidate should have 3-5 years of environmental, natural resources and litigation experience. Must possess excellent academic credentials as well as strong research, writing and analytical skills. Must also have practical experience in the areas of natural resources development, air and water quality and administrative agency law and regulation. Prior experience at a regional or national law firm, an outstanding local firm, or a federal or state environmental agency is preferred.
The candidate will provide advice and counsel regarding environmental compliance and risk mitigation. Develop and implement compliance programs. Draft and negotiate contracts. Represent clients in enforcement actions and administrative proceedings.
The candidate should have JD Degree from an accredited law school. Member of the Ohio Bar. Must have significant experience with environmental transactions, compliance, and regulatory advocacy. Strong academic record necessary. Proven ability to develop business and maintain client relationships.
Mid-level to senior Tort Litigation and Environmental Attorney
The candidate should have 4-6 years of experience. Must have significant trial experience and litigation skills, including taking depositions of fact and expert witnesses, oral argument of discovery and pretrial motions, and examination of witnesses at trial. Must be experienced in all aspects of trial preparation. Must have excellent academic credentials from a top-tier law school as well as strong legal research and writing skills. Preference for candidates admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia (or admitted in Georgia and willing to take the Florida Bar Exam).
The candidate should have 2-5 years of prior law firm experience with environmental litigation and compliance matters. Experience with sectors such as oil and gas, refining, power generation and transmission, liquid natural gas (LNG), renewable resources, chemicals, manufacturing, technology, mining, construction, mining, cement and construction and their unique environmental concerns are appreciated. Must be Texas licensed.
The candidate will work closely with local transactional and environmental partners. Must have credentials from a Top 25 law school and BIGLAW experience in working on complex environmental matters and providing deal support. Should have 2-6 years of experience as associate with direct experience in handling environmental matters related to M&A transactions and the due diligence involved in such transactions. Should have on point experience in handling environmental permitting, defense of environmental enforcement actions and auditing and compliance.
Seeking an Environmental Attorney with 3-5 years of direct experience handling environmental matters related to M&A transactions and the due diligence involved in such transactions. Candidate should have on point experience handling environmental permitting, defense of environmental enforcement actions and auditing and compliance. Candidate must have credentials from a Top 25 law school and BIGLAW experience working on complex environmental matters and providing deal support.
The candidate will possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and a strong academic record. Preference given to the top 20% of graduating class or GPA of 3.5 and above. Must have 3+ years of experience working in a law firm, specializing in business litigation, environmental litigation before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals, counseling and toxic tort. Must be admitted to a US state Bar and be in good standing. Admission to the State Bar of Colorado is expected if not currently admitted. Experience in environmental regulatory, compliance, enforcement and transactional matters and all substantive areas of complex litigation including: legal research, written discovery, law and motion (discovery, dispositive and trial related motions, pleadings and briefs), court appearances, mediations, arbitration, client and witness interviews, trial preparation is essential. Experience/working knowledge of the major federal environmental laws including: Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act.