All too often laws and policies related to environmental protections are drafted and passed with good intentions; but are riddled with devastating unintended consequences that are often only realized upon implementation. Actively engaging in legislative and regulatory policy from inception to implementation allows our clients to participate in shaping the regulations and policies directly impacting them.

However, a seat at the policymaking table is not sufficient in advancing the goals and protecting the interests of our clients. Therefore, we work with our clients in developing and maintaining relations within the community as well as with regulating agencies. Furthermore, having these well-established relations in addition to being engaged in policymaking enables our clients to be at the forefront of creating practicable solutions and eliminating nonsensical regulations and policy from being formed.

Whether taking preventative measures or being brought in to manage an issue, our focus is on finding practicable solutions and working with all impacted stakeholders to minimize unintended consequences. The relationships that our team of professionals have with local, state and federal regulators, legislators and government officials, as well as with community leaders are ones of recognized substantive knowledge and integrity. We take pride in helping our clients achieve the same recognition with these key parties.

Our unique experiences and active involvement in the local, state and federal political arena, as well as within various community organizations enables us to successfully help our clients with the following:

  • Understanding the impact of environmental laws, regulations and policies on their businesses and organizations.
  • Shaping those laws, regulations and policies through advocacy before local, state and federal lawmakers and regulatory agencies.
  • Developing and maintaining constructive working relationships with regulators, law makers and community members.
  • Identifying and categorizing the appropriate stakeholders for each project.
  • Establishing, implementing and maintaining proper community relations plans and procedures.

  • Representation of the national trade association for gas fireplace manufacturers in its successful challenge to the U.S. Department of Energy’s appliance efficiency regulations.
  • Representation of a solid waste collection company and landfill operator in stakeholder meetings with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources developing administrative rules and regulatory policy.
  • Representation of an international mining client regarding developing and monitoring local, state and federal policies through representation on various state, regional and national mining associations.
  • Representation of property owners with leaking underground storage tanks before state environmental agencies in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.
  • Representation regarding the developing of state agency water quality fees for services and permits through the rulemaking process.
  • Representation of a railroad company before the Arizona legislature and other private and government stakeholders in connection with the controversial siting of a switch yard and related anti-railroad legislation.
  • Representation and involvement with many industry and manufacturing association in the development of environmental regulations and legislation supportive of businesses in many states in the U.S.
  • Representation of a wide range of clients including consumer product retailers, consumer electronics suppliers, agricultural chemical producers, and other product manufacturers in developing reverse-distribution or other product stewardship programs and in obtaining regulatory interpretations necessary to facilitate such programs.
  • Representation of a railroad company on its national panel concerning remediation and sustainability.
  • Representation regarding proposed critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act with respect to inclusion of land adjacent to client's property.
  • Representation of chemical industry clients in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) comprehensive overhaul of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program regulations for hazardous waste disposal well.
  • Representation of a small water company seeking a rate emergency increase before the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  • Representation of divergent industry stakeholder groups in the formation of statutory and regulatory policies in matters such as air permitting voluntary clean-up programs, release reporting burdens, and the use of risk-based clean-ups.
  • Representation of U.S. Native American tribes regarding industrial and commercial development on tribal lands, development of environmental rules and regulations for tribal lands and defense of claims brought against a tribe under the Oil Pollution Act.
  • Representation regarding the developing of legislation reducing the ineffective and unnecessary air reporting burdens on industry, in addition to strengthening and clarifying the procedures for local air officials to adhere to during site investigations thereby eliminating reckless disregard and unwarranted fines and citations.