Representative Experience

Represented Duke Energy in an Endangered Species Act case, successfully challenging a Biological Opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding two of Duke Energy’s hydropower facilities.


Successfully representing Teck Metals in Superfund enforcement proceedings, and obtained precedent-setting, nationally significant favorable appellate decision on aerial emissions.


Representing multiple construction companies in federal and state Clean Water Act enforcement cases in California, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

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  • Environmental Enforcement
    • Defeated environmental organizations’ attempt to expand scope of federal environmental laws to address locomotive diesel emissions at client-operated rail yard under RCRA, a solid waste statute.
    • Prevailed in litigation against environmental groups for Brookfield Renewable Power regarding Endangered Species Act claims arising out of four hydropower plants in Maine.
    • Represented a multinational defense, security and aerospace company in various regulatory matters and enforcement actions, including negotiating a consent order to address Clean Water Act injunctive relief at a government-owned, contractor-operated facility.
    • Assisted the former Environmental, Health, and Safety manager at a large natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing company in an EPA criminal investigation.
  • Environmental Compliance
    • Advised Duke Energy on permitting and compliance obligations associated with various options for treating coal combustion residuals to increase beneficial reuse of the material.
    • Provided counsel to the Association of American Railroads and its member companies on air quality, climate change and similar matters in California, Oregon and Washington State.
    • Advised U.S. coal gasification plant that manufactures natural gas on compliance options and strategy to comply with new EPA regulations governing emissions during process startup, shutdown and malfunctions.

Practice Area Highlights

Achieved U.S. News Best Lawyers’ 2017 Tier 1 national Environmental practice; nationally ranked for Land Use and Zoning law; and received Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, metropolitan rankings.


Recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers’ 2017 Tier 1 national and Houston metropolitan rankings for Litigation - Environmental and national Natural Resources Law practice ranking.


Pillsbury’s Environmental practice ranked by Chambers USA in the national, California and Washington, DC, categories (2016) and The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Pillsbury for excellence in environmental litigation (2016).

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  • Named U.S. News Best Lawyers2014 Environmental Law Firm of the Year; achieved Tier 1 national Environmental practice and Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, metropolitan rankings.