THE FIRM This sizable team is noted for its strength in permitting and litigation, and is prized by clients for its deep understanding of the legislature, regulators and courts. Its standout recent engagements include the representation of the City of Raleigh in relation to contamination at the city's Neuse River water treatment plant.
Sources say: "Their legal work is brilliant and they understand the political side of things."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Levitas's practice has traditionally focused on permitting and development in regard to clean water issues, although he is now becoming increasingly involved in permitting work in the renewable energy field. One source says that "he helps us navigate the relationships with the agencies."
Stephen Berlin is "a really good lawyer and a really good environmental litigator" whose broad practice includes brownfields and Superfund work. He negotiated the brownfields agreement that resulted in the creation of the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.
Alan McConnell concentrates on air permitting and compliance issues. One admiring peer describes him as "a leader in the industry."
William Lane is an air permitting attorney whose work is highly valued by clients. According to sources, "he helps us stay abreast of changes in the regulations, and he keeps us ahead of the game." Work includes representing a semiconductor manufacturer in relation to air permitting, waste management and other matters.