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Natural Resources & Environment — Montana


Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-notch offering with significant expertise in all facets of environmental law. Handles both contentious and noncontentious mandates, encompassing regulatory issues, such as water discharge and air quality permits, as well as toxic torts and remediation issues. Frequently acts for both private clients and state and federal agencies. Well placed to assist with issues surrounding environmental contamination and the disposal of hazardous waste.

Work Highlights Acted for the Montana League of Cities and Towns in connection with a case brought by environmental group Waterkeepers of the Upper Missouri River against the EPA for approving the Montana Water Quality nutrient regulations.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Laughner is routinely sought out by clients to advise on regulatory investigations and oil and gas mandates. She has experience defending clients before an array of of governmental bodies, including EPA, the US Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Market commentators commend her for being "extremely knowledgeable."

Leo Berry is described as an "institution" in the field of environmental and natural resources law. He is especially well placed to advise on government relations, as well as regulatory and administrative compliance matters. One impressed commentator describes him as "someone who knows what he is doing and is very valuable to clients."

John Tietz is an expert in matters pertaining to water law, with a particular focus on water rights and distribution issues. He frequently represents clients before the Montana Water Court, state district courts and the Montana Department of Natural Resources. He also handles environmental permitting and regulatory compliance matters.

Head of department Steven Wade regularly advises clients on environmental and natural resources law issues, including water rights matters and environmental permitting. He also has extensive experience advising on regulatory compliance and is recognized in the market for his expertise in governmental relations.

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Crowley Fleck PLLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout practice reputed for its prowess in the oil and gas and mining arenas. Houses a substantial group of specialists with experience representing clients on issues relating to mines, oil and gas operations, pipelines and renewable energy projects.

Strengths One commentator notes that the firm has "a very substantial Montana presence," highlighting its ability to provide specialist advice.

Another source observes that the firm "does a tremendous amount of work and attracts good attorneys."

Notable practitioners

Highly respected practitioner Steven Ruffatto is regarded by interviewees as "one of the preeminent natural resources lawyers in the state." Commentators note that he is "a very good lawyer, and very knowledgeable on natural resources and environmental issues." He frequently advises clients on financing, development and acquisition mandates in the oil and gas, mining and renewable energy sectors.

John Lee receives praise for his in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas sector. He assists clients with a wide variety of matters including title examinations, division orders and contract matters. Peers admire his deep expertise in this space and consider him to be "one of the best oil and gas practitioners in the state."

Department cochair Mark Stermitz is recognized in the market for his expertise in environmental litigation cases and appeals. He is well placed to advise clients on a wide range of environmental issues, including those relating to water and air quality, endangered species and site contamination.

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Crowley Fleck’s Environmental Law attorneys provide the utmost in experience, judgment and knowledge in the largest and most complex projects and lawsuits implicating environmental law. Our environmental attorneys are equally capable in the courtroom and boardroom. Whether interacting with courts or regulators, our attorneys are widely recognized as credible and vigorous advocates for environmental issues associated with mines, oil and gas operations, pipelines, hydropower projects, wind farms, and industrial processes, among many other things. The Firm routinely represents clients in matters and cases involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and many other federal and state agencies.

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Holland & Hart LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading department with considerable manpower and a broad coverage of environment-related issues. Well reputed for its litigation capabilities, notably in the oil and gas, mining and water sectors, it also provides advice on compliance and regulatory matters. Has notable experience representing clients in proceedings before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Strengths Sources note the firm's ability to handle tough negotiations effectively, calling its approach to cases "very thorough."

Work highlights Represented Hecla and its subsidiary, Montanore Minerals, in a declaratory judgment action challenging decisions made by the Montana DEQ.

Acted for Continental Resources in a dispute involving insurance coverage for the alleged wrongful death of a Montana resident that occurred at a Continental well site in North Dakota.

Notable practitioners

Kyle Gray has an active environmental litigation practice and frequently represents clients in environmental insurance coverage claims. In a highlight, she represented a member of the Crow Tribe in criminal charges brought by the State of Wyoming over alleged illegal elk hunting in the Bighorn National Forest inside Wyoming.

William Mercer has a strong track record advising mining companies and coal strip operators on permitting and other regulatory challenges. He is also well placed to assist clients with water quality issues. Of late, he defended Copper Ridge Development in an enforcement action brought by the Montana DEQ, relating to an alleged violation of MPDES requirements.

Scott Mitchell draws on his strong background in litigation to advise on complex cases in the environmental space. Of late, he has assisted a number of oil and gas companies and pipeline clients with condemnation issues and environmental regulatory matters.

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Doney Crowley P.C. - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique practice with a strong emphasis on issues relating to water rights, including water permits, water easements and adjudications. Regularly provides advice to clients from the ranching, farming, mining and land development spheres. Also has experience advising clients from the solid waste industry on issues of landfill design and permitting conditions.

Strengths Clients are quick to praise the firm's expertise: "These guys are wired into the Montana legal and regulatory community and they know how to get their clients to the right place."

Sources also highlight the firm's expert knowledge of the local regulatory landscape, explaining: "Their work is first rate and demonstrates an ability to draft what's good for the client while complying with often arcane and demanding regulations."

Notable practitioners

Frank Crowley is lauded by interviewees for his extensive knowledge of environmental regulations. One impressed client describes him as "very efficient, thorough and knowledgeable, particularly on environmental regulatory issues." The source adds: "He has a good way of handling potential conflict and avoiding adversarial confrontations." He regularly advises on air quality issues and Superfund remediation, and is also well placed to represent clients in Montana DEQ permitting disputes.

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Poore, Roth & Robinson, P.C. - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service Butte-based law firm with a robust team, prized for its expertise in representing clients involved in environmental litigation before both the state and federal courts. Also experienced in oil and gas and mining issues.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm's strong track record representing clients from the mining industry, calling it "an excellent firm with excellent attorneys."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees are quick to highlight John Davis for his strong track record in handling environmental mandates. He frequently advises on litigation relating to environmental issues, as well as the drafting and negotiation of environmental risk allocation agreements. One impressed source notes: "He has a very good reputation and does very good work."

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Bloomquist Law Firm, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Highly regarded practitioner John Bloomquist of Bloomquist Law Firm, P.C. is hailed by peers as the "absolutely go-to authority on water rights" and the "top water lawyer in the state." He is sought out by irrigation districts, ranchers, and municipal and industrial water users for his transactional and litigation expertise.

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Stephen Ross Brown

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Stephen Ross Brown of Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP wins commendations for his water rights expertise and is described by peers as an "excellent attorney." Brown frequently provides advice to clients on project permitting, natural resources transactions and regulatory compliance. He counts landowners, energy companies and local government bodies among his clientele.

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Poore, Roth & Robinson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees are quick to highlight John Davis for his strong track record in handling environmental mandates. He frequently advises on litigation relating to environmental issues, as well as the drafting and negotiation of environmental risk allocation agreements. One impressed source notes: "He has a very good reputation and does very good work."

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Catherine A. Laughner

Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Catherine Laughner is routinely sought out by clients to advise on regulatory investigations and oil and gas mandates. She has experience defending clients before an array of of governmental bodies, including EPA, the US Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Market commentators commend her for being "extremely knowledgeable."

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Steven P Ruffatto

Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Highly respected practitioner Steven Ruffatto is regarded by interviewees as "one of the preeminent natural resources lawyers in the state." Commentators note that he is "a very good lawyer, and very knowledgeable on natural resources and environmental issues." He frequently advises clients on financing, development and acquisition mandates in the oil and gas, mining and renewable energy sectors.

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Doney Crowley P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Crowley is lauded by interviewees for his extensive knowledge of environmental regulations. One impressed client describes him as "very efficient, thorough and knowledgeable, particularly on environmental regulatory issues." The source adds: "He has a good way of handling potential conflict and avoiding adversarial confrontations." He regularly advises on air quality issues and Superfund remediation, and is also well placed to represent clients in Montana DEQ permitting disputes.

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Franz & Driscoll PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Holly Franz of Franz & Driscoll PLLP demonstrates considerable expertise in matters relating to water law, and is frequently engaged to speak on this topic. Interviewees regard her as a "water rights expert" with a "very good reputation."

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Lee Law Office PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Don Lee of Lee Law Office PC is sought out by clients for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the oil and gas space and is recognized by interviewees as a "mineral rights expert." He frequently assists clients with title examinations and regulatory matters, and has particular experience representing clients in hearings before the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation.

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Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Lee receives praise for his in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas sector. He assists clients with a wide variety of matters including title examinations, division orders and contract matters. Peers admire his deep expertise in this space and consider him to be "one of the best oil and gas practitioners in the state."

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Band 3

Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Leo Berry is described as an "institution" in the field of environmental and natural resources law. He is especially well placed to advise on government relations, as well as regulatory and administrative compliance matters. One impressed commentator describes him as "someone who knows what he is doing and is very valuable to clients."

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Band 3

Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea & Johnson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Dale Cockrell of Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea & Johnson, P.C. frequently advises on contentious environmental matters and has represented clients before federal and state courts.

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Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kyle Gray has an active environmental litigation practice and frequently represents clients in environmental insurance coverage claims. In a highlight, she represented a member of the Crow Tribe in criminal charges brought by the State of Wyoming over alleged illegal elk hunting in the Bighorn National Forest inside Wyoming.

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Band 3

Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Mercer has a strong track record advising mining companies and coal strip operators on permitting and other regulatory challenges. He is also well placed to assist clients with water quality issues. Of late, he defended Copper Ridge Development in an enforcement action brought by the Montana DEQ, relating to an alleged violation of MPDES requirements. 

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Band 3

Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Mitchell draws on his strong background in litigation to advise on complex cases in the environmental space. Of late, he has assisted a number of oil and gas companies and pipeline clients with condemnation issues and environmental regulatory matters.

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Crowley Fleck PLLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Department cochair Mark Stermitz is recognized in the market for his expertise in environmental litigation cases and appeals. He is well placed to advise clients on a wide range of  environmental issues, including those relating to water and air quality, endangered species and site contamination.

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Rebecca L Summerville

Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Rebecca Summerville of Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. is called upon by clients to advise on a broad range of matters, including mining, natural resources and land issues. Her capabilities also extend to advising businesses on state and federal environmental compliance and environmental risk allocation.

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Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Tietz is an expert in matters pertaining to water law, with a particular focus on water rights and distribution issues. He frequently represents clients before the Montana Water Court, state district courts and the Montana Department of Natural Resources. He also handles environmental permitting and regulatory compliance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Steven Wade regularly advises clients on environmental and natural resources law issues, including water rights matters and environmental permitting. He also has extensive experience advising on regulatory compliance and is recognized in the market for his expertise in governmental relations.

^ See whole ranking table