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Environmental law

California Environmental Law

http://www.calenvirolaw.com

The Law Office of Theodore S. Goodwin provides advice and advocacy to businesses, property owners, individuals and families on matters of Environmental Law. Please explore our Web site to learn more about our services and contact us for any questions you may have. Please enter your email address below to join our electronic mailing list.

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Walter D. James III PLLC

http://www.jamespllc.com

Walter D. James III has been involved in environmental issues since 1987. Walt, and those he selects to associate with, have unique legal and technical/educational backgrounds that allow Walter D. James III, PLLC to provide legal services on any type of environmental issue. From representation of a small scrap dealer in Dallas on industrial waste management practices to representation of multi-national corporations on Superfund and remediation issues, there is a substantial breadth of expertise available to clients of the Firm. Walter D. James III, PLLC focuses its practice on civil and criminal enforcement, administrative, remediation and cost allocation/recovery and group representation aspects of environmental law. Our experience in working with environmental consultants on development of allocation approaches and settlement of large, complex environmental litigation has been of special benefit to our clients. We accept Federal and State court litigation matters focused on environmental and natural resource law (including all aspects of discovery, motion and trial practice). We have found that our expertise in the technical aspects of environmental law will result in measurable cost-savings for the clients we represent. Many times, we are asked to work closely with some of the finest environmental consulting firms in the United States. Our ability to work with the in-house and outside technical expertise a given client has available often results in a more efficient resolution to a dispute than the client may have experienced previously. We do not try to serve the role of environmental consultant, but our technical understanding of an environmental issue is generally well-received by the environmental consultants we work with. Our goal is to form a team consisting of the in-house legal and technical expertise supported by Walter D. James III, PLLC and outside environmental consultants. We are a small law firm by choice, with big-firm experience and capabilities.

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GREBEN & ASSOCIATES

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Landreth Law Firm PLC

http://www.landrethlaw.com

The Landreth Law Firm focuses its practice on two primary areas of law: the transactional, administrative, litigation, and common counsel representation of environmental and natural resource law; and counseling on OSHA compliance and defense of OSHA claims. Our experience in working with environmental consultants on development of allocation approaches and settlement of large, complex environmental disputes has been of special benefit to our clients. We accept Federal and State court litigation matters focused on environmental and natural resource and OSHA law discovery, motion and trial practice through association with trial counsel. We have a broad range of experience in working with clients on strategic business objectives that involve counseling on the proactive compliance with laws and regulations at the local, state and federal level. We are frequently requested by clients to work closely with some of the finest environmental and occupational health and safety consulting firms in the U.S. Our familiarity in working with in-house and outside technical experts often results in a more efficient resolution to a dispute than the client may have experienced previously. Another type of relationship we often engage in is working with the existing outside counsel of a client. The Firm is either contacted and retained directly by the client to supplement the expertise of their existing outside counsel, or we are brought into a matter based on the recommendation from existing outside counsel to their client. Our goal is to form a team consisting of the in-house legal and technical expertise supported by the Landreth Law Firm and any outside environmental consultants and legal counsel retained by the client. We are a small law firm by choice, having worked in a variety of public and private sector technical and legal careers prior to establishing the Landreth Law Firm. However, we enjoy our many relationships with outstanding law firms and technical consulting firms that maintain offices nationwide.

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Garrod Pickfield LLP

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Hudson & Watts , LLP

http://www.hudsonandwatts.com

Hudson & Watts, L.L.P., is a dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals and secretarial staff who have a passion to provide the highest quality service and to obtain the most successful results for the clients they represent. Located in the beautiful One St. Louis Centre in downtown Mobile, Alabama, the firm of Hudson & Watts, L.L.P. was formed in 1998 by two senior partners of a prominent Mobile law firm who decided they could better serve their clients in a firm of their own. Collectively, Tom Hudson and Bill Watts brought with them some 44 years of experience as trial and appellate attorneys, and legal advisors to numerous businesses and corporations throughout the Southeast. Hudson & Watts, L.L.P., provides services to clients across the spectrum of a general civil practice, with a particular emphasis on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance, appellate advocacy, architects' and engineers' liability, corporate law, commercial litigation, insurance law, and personal injury. The firm has a unique blend of experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil disputes. The lawyers of Hudson & Watts, L.L.P., are active in local bar association committees and community service organizations and have published and taught numerous professional seminars in their areas of practice. The law firm of Hudson & Watts, L.L.P. is ready to serve your legal needs in a prompt and professional manner.

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Cameron May Ltd

http://www.cameronmay.com

We are the publishers of the journals: International Trade Law Reports (ITLR), China Trade Law and Practice (CTLP), International Criminal Law Reports (ICLR), International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal (ICCLJ), Journal of European Criminal Law (JECL), WTO Decisions, and The NAFTA Arbitration Reports (NAR) all of which are leaders in their fields. Combine this with our prolific output of books and monographs on international trade, human rights and environmental law and policy, and you will find that if you browse through this site, you are certain to find something of interest. Cameron May has been consistently expanding the breadth of the areas covered. We now publish widely across many aspects of public and private international law, including new products covering international criminal law, international commercial arbitration and international human rights, as well as continually expanding our products covering all aspects of international trade and economic law and international environmental law.

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PFEIFFER THIGPEN & FITZGIBBON LLP

http://www.ptflaw.com

Pfeiffer Thigpen & FitzGibbon's litigation philosophy is based upon the belief that the legal process should be used to improve the lives and businesses of the Firm's clients. The legal process is not an end in itself; rather, it is a tool to be used as one part of an overall strategy directed towards accomplishing the personal and business objectives of the Firm's clients. For those matters in which resort to the legal process is the best approach, the members of the Firm believe that aggressive and strategic preparation coupled with prompt and decisive execution ensures that the objectives of the Firm's clients will be timely and cost-effectively accomplished. Strategic preparation directs the use of resources to fight only those litigation battles deemed significant or necessary to the long-term interests of the Firm's clients, and minimizes expenditures on tangential matters. Conducting a thorough analysis of the legal and factual issues at the outset of a case assures that a course of action is formulated based upon supportable legal theories and attainable goals and permits the client to make informed strategic decisions as early in the process as possible. Similarly, conducting prompt and detailed discovery at the outset of a case enhances proper trial preparation and often results in a tactical advantage. This aggressive and insightful approach to litigation enables lawyers at Pfeiffer Thigpen & FitzGibbon to develop persuasive case themes supported by the most compelling facts, which gives the judge or jury the tools necessary to understand the issues upon which trials turn. As lawyers who prepare and try cases, using such an approach enhances the client's strategic options at every phase of litigation. With experience totaling more than seventy arbitrations and trials, the lawyers at Pfeiffer Thigpen & FitzGibbon have the knowledge and experience to implement decisive litigation strategies and maximize the client's likelihood of success both in litigation and in its future business.

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AIDA

http://www.aida-americas.org

AIDA was founded in 1996 on the conviction that a coalition of non-profit legal organizations in the Americas would greatly strengthen the capacity of each to respond to the grave environmental threat posed by unrestrained economic activity and natural resource extraction. Now a growing, independent non-profit organization incorporated in California, AIDA combines the expertise of public interest environmental law organizations from nine countries of the hemisphere, and provides a forum for these groups to jointly design and apply solutions to shared environmental problems. AIDA's mission is to empower citizens to protect human health and the environment by developing and enforcing national and international environmental laws and mechanisms for citizen participation. Working on projects that fall into three general program areas, AIDA takes an action-oriented approach. Using international institutions and tribunals to expose flawed policies and initiate reform, AIDA combines legal work with efforts to empower and educate the communities we represent. To insure that all projects are based on sound science, AIDA also works with technical experts, and transfers needed information to NGOs, communities and governments throughout the hemisphere. We provide AIDA's services free of charge to organizations and communities battling environmental harm in the western hemisphere.

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Cardwell Conner

http://www.cardwellconner.com

Cardwell Conner is a law firm that provides legal services in the areas of environmental, health, and safety law. Our attorneys possess an exceptional understanding of each client's business and objectives. From our office in Greenville, South Carolina, we counsel clients on matters across the State, throughout the Southeast, and in other parts of the nation. Our attorneys have earned reputations for successfully representing clients by delivering innovative and effective legal services. Cardwell Conner was founded upon a belief that a law firm of its size is uniquely positioned to react quickly to changing business considerations frequently encountered by its clients. By personally visiting each client, our attorneys become keenly aware of the daily operations of clients and the demands of their legal departments. Cardwell Conner also recognizes the need for its clients to be well informed about the progress of their legal matters. Our attorneys strive to communicate timely and comprehensive information to each client, whether by individual meeting, electronic mail, facsimile transmission, or mail. Cardwell Conner's goals are to grow with its clients and to form close, long-term relationships with its clients. To accomplish its goals, Cardwell Conner is committed to resolving its clients' environmental, health, and safety challenges by delivering high quality, cost-efficient, and responsive legal services.

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Littman , Sherlock & Heims , P.A.

http://www.lshlaw.net

Littman, Sherlock & Heims, P.A. is an environmental law firm dedicated to the protection, preservation and enjoyment of habitat and species found throughout Florida. In addition to environmental and land use law, the firm has a busy general practice meeting the legal needs of businesses, organizations and individuals. ::Copyright 2005.

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Resources Law Group LLP

http://www.resourceslawgroup.com

Resources Law Group offers strategic expertise in creating innovative opportunities for effective conservation philanthropy, designing and implementing programs to conserve natural resources, creating and executing real estate transactions, and advising clients on land use and natural resources law and policy. Its team has led successful efforts to conserve millions of acres in California and the West and to improve protection of ocean resources. RESOURCES LAW GROUP, LLP, REG.

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Grant & Lyons LLP

http://www.grantlyons.com

Grant & Lyons provides professional services in a timely, client-oriented manner with the recognition that cost effective service is a necessity for clients in today's competitive marketplace. Our clients enjoy timely and easy access to the attorneys. Our clients also enjoy hands-on attention to their cases and straight-forward advice that incorporates both legal principals and practical dollars-and-cents considerations.

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Chevalier , Allen & Lichman , LLP

http://www.calairlaw.com

Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP, to Develop an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for San Bernardino International Airport for the City of Highland, California. Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP (CA&L) will help design and implement an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) on behalf of the City of Highland, California. The ALUCP will be designed to preserve compatible land use while balancing development needs in the SBIA Airport Influence Area within the City of Highland. Unlike many other ALUCPs adopted throughout California, in designing and developing the ALUCP here, CA&L will focus on the unique characteristics and needs of SBIA and its surrounding environs including land uses already planned and vested in the area. CA&L is proud to be working with the MW Steele Group and Williams Aviation Consultants, Inc., in developing the ALUCP for the City of Highland.

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EarthRights Solicitors

http://www.earthrights.org.uk

The newly launched Earthrights Solicitors is a very different law firm: money making is not its prime objective. The firm is devoted exclusively to championing green rights and saving the planet. Its founders, John Dunkley and Charlie Hopkins, claim they are "environmentalists first and lawyers second". It has no senior partner, since Dunkley and Hopkins' principles eschew hierarchies. And it is located in cyberspace, as both solicitors work from home, using a "high-tech, low cost" approach that they light heartedly refer to as "legal telecottaging". Earthrights Solicitors is a financially independent off-shoot of Earthrights, a charity that gives free legal advice to environmental campaigners. It was launched in January, but has been operating since June last year. The firm's founders aim to charge low, non-commercial rates. They also intend to subsidise pro bono cases through their fee-paying work. Despite this apparent contradiction, both lawyers are buoyant about their financial chances. But then Dunkley and Hopkins seem worlds apart from the stereotypical cash hungry solicitor. When quizzed how many "green" charities he is a member of, for example, Dunkley laughs and answers that he "can't afford the subscriptions". When asked about the perks of their jobs, Hopkins says he gets to go to the annual Surfers Against Sewage ball, where 3,000 lycra-clad surfers whoop it up in a marquee on a Devonshire clifftop, and Dunkley says he was once offered a wooden stove designed for use in treehouses. Dunkley confesses to having an "organic garden" at his Essex home, while Hopkins is trying to work out an eco-friendly way to dispose of slugs at his home in Devon. Both refuse to hug a tree for the photographs, although Dunkley arrives sensibly dressed in a thick cable-knit jumper for the photo shoot, which is followed by a drink in "The Green Man". Hopkins is a former lecturer in environmental psychology and sociology at North London Polytechnic, where he taught in the 80s. While there, he became friendly with a number of barristers who con vinced him of the scope and need for people with an environmental background in the law. He qualified as a barrister and did his pupillage at Old Square chambers, which has a good reputation for environmental law. Hopkins then worked for Leigh, Day & Co as a barrister, where he helped the firm develop its environmental department, before becoming a solicitor and joining Bindmans as a consultant, and finally Earthrights Solicitors. Dunkley worked for Hackney Law Centre and the Law Centres Federation, before joining the Earthrights charity as a solicitor. Then the penny dropped. Dunkley says: "The problem with the charity was that it couldn't accept payment because that would threaten its charity status. But groups like Friends of the Earth have to go to the private sector and pay commercial rates for legal work, therefore it makes sense to set up a law firm so that we can be paid instead, and our clients get low cost legal advice." Dunkley and Hopkins say Earthrights Solicitors works as a viable business because it minimises its overheads and business costs. This was starkly demonstrated by the firm successful work last year on behalf of campaigners fighting to protect two Dartmoor rivers threatened by a porcelain clay quarry, which culminated in a public inquiry. Earthrights' claims its total legal costs were £40,000, compared to the other side's costs of £140,000. Dunkley says the firm acting for the other side hired a top QC and commissioned environmental surveys, whereas Earthrights was assisted by E-LAW - a global scientific and legal information charity Friends of the Earth in-house lawyer Peter Roderick acted as the campaigners' advocate at the inquiry. The charity, Earthrights, is considering setting up a pro bono fund for legal campaigns, which could be another source of funds for Dunkley and Hopkins. The pair stress, however, that the setting up of this fund is entirely a matter for the charity's directors and nothing to do with them. In their favour is the fact that there is an increasing amount of environmental law work around, along with an increasing awareness of green issues by the general public and pressure on the commercial sector to show commitment to the environment. Hopkins claims this need is not being met by the legal profession and that law firms lack a solid understanding of environmental issues. Several top-ranking firms, including Hopkins' former employer Leigh, Day & Co, have profit-making enviromnental law departments. The difference, say Earthrights' founders, is that their firm will only work for clients who are promoting the environment, whereas environmental law work can be for the other side which is far more lucrative. Earthrights Solicitors' work is multifarious. Last year Hopkins assisted with the drafting of a United Nations convention on water and health, providing direct input on behalf of environmental groups and then translating it into legal terminology. The firm also acted for organic farmer Guy Watson, in a precedent setting action to force a neighbouring farmer to harvest his genetically modified maize - which was growing in a field next to Watson's land before the maize pollinated. Otherwise the risk of the maize contaminating Watson's crops threatened to destroy his eligibility for an organic certificate. During the Newbury by-pass protests in 1996 where campaigners took to treehouses along the route of the planned road, Dunkley was "on call" 24 hours a day, providing legal advice for any protesters approached by police, as well as training campaigners to advise others of their rights. Their work for such groups as Surfers Against Sewage is "holistic", involving everything from drafting contracts to advising on the legal implications of publicity stunts. They also bring judicial reviews of local authority actions and, on a more mundane note, act in the registration of village greens. Hopkins and Dunkley have to be careful about getting involved in direct action campaigning, so they do not breach Law Society rules by bringing the profession into disrepute. Instead, both lawyers will be channelling their campaigning energies into their new-style law firm.

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Trustees

http://www.trustees.org

Trustees for Alaska is a nonprofit public interest law firm providing legal counsel to protect and sustain Alaska's natural environment. We represent local and national environmental groups, Alaska Native villages and nonprofit organizations, community groups, hunters, anglers, and others who are concerned about protecting Alaska's quality of life for future generations. Our services are free of charge, and for most of our clients, we provide legal counsel they could not otherwise afford. Since 1974, Trustees for Alaska has been using a broad range of legal tools to find solutions to Alaska's toughest environmental problems and hold decision-makers accountable. Trustees for Alaska was established to provide support to environmental organizations and community groups concerned about the impacts of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System on the environment of Arctic and Interior Alaska. Our program now provides legal advice and counsel across the entire state on issues relating to oil and gas development, mining, air pollution, water pollution, ANILCA lands, protection of wildlife habitat, land use management and protection of marine ecosystems. We help local communities to understand and participate in the legal processes that affect their lives. Trustees for Alaska works in close partnerships with client groups to ensure that our legal strategy is integrated with their grassroots organizing efforts, education and media campaigns, and administrative and legislative initiatives. Trustees for Alaska has always been on the front lines, defending Alaska's clean water, clean air, wilderness areas and Native cultures. Our successes have set significant legal precedent in environmental law on a state and national level which resulted in direct benefits to Alaskan communities and environmental resources. Over the years, our legal actions have protected special areas in the Arctic and Bristol Bay from oil development and reduced pollution at existing Alaskan oil and gas operations. We have used effective legal strategies to protect our oceans from industrial overfishing and our national parks from air pollution and snowmobiles. We have helped block inappropriate "roads to nowhere" across wilderness areas. Trustees for Alaska's successful track record continues today. We are playing an important role in fighting the effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to oil drilling, stopping destructive bulldozer access across Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, protecting the Native Village of Kivalina from pollution from the nearby Red Dog mine, and helping property owners concerned about coal bed methane drilling in their backyards.

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