Morrison & Foerster has one of the most sophisticated environmental litigation practices around. From natural resource issues to Proposition 65, we take on the most complicated environmental problems our clients face and, when we go to court, we win. This has not gone unnoticed. U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2015 ranked our group in Tier 1 for environmental law (San Francisco), environmental litigation (national), timber law (national), natural resources law (national) and land use and zoning (San Francisco).
Our success is the product of our unique interdisciplinary "one firm" approach. We have deep knowledge of the laws and regulations important to our clients. Many of our lawyers have served on the inside as regulators at the top environmental agencies, including Michèle Corash, a former general counsel of the EPA, Peter Hsiao, a former environmental prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Chris Carr at the U.S. Departments of State and the Interior. We also know how to litigate complex scientific and regulatory issues by recruiting superior experts and structuring complex litigation and trial testimony in a way that persuades judges and juries. Combining these skills with MoFo's world class litigation department and staff, we put together formidable trial teams that can take on any opponent.
Our lawyers have litigated cases across the spectrum of environmental law:
Where litigation doesn't make sense, our lawyers achieve early, cost-effective and favorable resolution of environmental matters for our clients. Because we have invented the prototypes, we know how to structure individual and group settlements. Because the relevant regulatory and enforcement agencies know and respect us, we can enlist their help in getting settlements approved.
Chambers USA 2016 California: Environment
Legal 500 US 2016 Environmental Litigation Environmental Transactional/Regulatory
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2015 National: Litigation – Environmental (Tier 1) National: Natural Resources Law (Tier 1) National: Timber Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Environmental Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Litigation – Environmental (Tier 1) San Francisco: Natural Resources Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Timber Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Litigation – Environmental (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Natural Resources Law (Tier 1)
Here is what they say about us:
“They can always access the right agencies and understand the law thoroughly. They are always responsive and deliver a good work product.” (Chambers USA 2016)
“We look to them to bring depth and knowledge for some very complicated regulatory requirements.” (Chambers USA 2015)
“Morrison & Foerster LLP’s environmental litigators show ‘great strategic capabilities.’” (Legal 500 US 2015)
Partner Peter Hsiao named NLJ 2015 Trailblazer in Energy & Environmental Law
The Recorder has named Morrison & Foerster to its inaugural list of "Leading Northern California Environmental Law Practice Groups."
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