Successfully navigating the environmental regulatory landscape takes two things: knowledge and relationships. Our lawyers bring that—and more.
Morrison & Foerster's environment and energy lawyers know that the permitting and regulatory process can seem endless and unmanageable at times. We apply our unmatched experience and insider knowledge to provide practical advice to businesses and public agencies on a broad variety of environmental, natural resources and product-related regulatory and enforcement issues, helping them obtain associated local, state and federal government permits and approvals.
Our lawyers have substantial experience in the full spectrum of environmental, natural resources and product-related laws and regulations. Our lawyers' value, however, goes beyond knowledge of substantive requirements. We take a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to develop a holistic solution that meets our clients' business objectives.
Our practice strengths include:
Having served on the inside, our lawyers have intimate knowledge of the workings of state and federal agencies, including those within the EPA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice. We also have valued relationships with senior officials in key California agencies, such as the Attorney General's Office, the California Air Resources Board, state and regional water boards, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Toxic Substances Control.
Our lawyers are also recognized as leaders in their field and are seen as emerging cleantech leaders. They include fellows of the American College of Environmental Law, a former U.S. EPA general counsel, a former chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Environmental Law and a former federal environmental prosecutor. We are members of San Francisco's Clean Technology Advisory Council, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association's Climate Change Advisory Committee and the AB 32 Implementation Group's Steering Committee, among other organizations.
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)
“They understand and always consider the client’s business and operations when counseling and providing advice.” (Chambers USA 2014)
“Morrison & Foerster LLP is ‘excellent’ for transactional and regulatory advice.” (Legal 500 US 2014)
“‘Tremendous depth of knowledge’ and ‘great response time’ is what Morrison & Foerster LLP is known for, and its overall ‘fantastic service.’” (Legal 500 US 2013)
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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