THE FIRM This leading environmental law practice offers clients a broad range of expertise, advising on CERCLA, CAA and CWA matters and providing counsel and advocacy in mass torts and criminal investigations. It has been especially prolific representing manufacturing trade associations and power utilities in matters relating to climate change, and recently represented American Electric Power and other utilities in the AEP v Connecticut case, which reached the Supreme Court. The case resulted in the landmark ruling that the CAA supersedes any right to seek curtailment of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through common law.
Sources say: "The quality of their work and advice is high - and they have a good grip on the common-sense/business side of the analysis as opposed to just the legal issues."
KEY INDIVIDUALS According to his peers, in the area of civil and criminal enforcement, "no one has as much knowledge of the issues and history of those issues as" David Buente. He has recently handled climate change nuisance cases and provided counsel to the Alaska Pipeline Project in connection with approvals, environmental impact reports and regulatory issues.
Christopher Bell is an expert in hazardous waste regulations as well as a representative for US industrial interests in relation to nanotechnology. Among other things, he has been busy negotiating the development of global standards for nanotechnology at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). "My experience with him has been excellent," said a source. "He's very knowledgeable and creative in his problem-solving skills and very responsive as well."
Angus Macbeth enjoys a high degree of respect from his peers for being a "pioneer in the field." He has been involved in remediation work for GE regarding polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) present in the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers.
Roger Martella is "as good as they come," according to sources, who highlight his "quality in terms of substance and relationships in Washington, DC." He is part of the team providing counsel and representation to a major California water district on CWA issues.
Timothy Webster is a noted air and climate change lawyer who peers say is "making a good run." He has also been busy on behalf of Coronet Industries in a mass tort arising from alleged exposure to chemicals from historic phosphate mining.
Samuel Gutter is an expert on mobile sources of emissions, such as cars and trucks, as well as hazardous materials and general site cleanup. On the mobile sources front, he has advised vehicle and other manufacturers on compliance with Title II of the CAA. "He is an excellent practitioner."
James Bieke recently joined the firm from Goodwin Procter. He is an expert in CERCLA, RCRA, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other contamination-related law.