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Environmental Litigation Committee


Welcome to the Environmental Litigation Committee website. Our Committee is dedicated to helping its members become better environmental litigators. We believe that we are one of the most collegial and friendly committees in the ABA, and that our members truly benefit from the relationships they develop with other lawyers whose practices are focused on environmental matters.

We are large enough to put on excellent and informative education programs, while being small enough that no one feels left out or lost in the crowd. Year after year the Committee identifies the legal issues and topics that are at the forefront of the practice and brings together lawyers, judges, consultants and in-house counsel to teach and inform our members.

If you are not a member of the Environmental Litigation Committee, we invite you to join us.


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May 12: Roundtable

Annual Update on Recent EPA and DOJ Initiatives and Litigation Activities

Thursday May 12, 2016, 12:30–6:30 p.m. Eastern

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP

2020 K Street, NW

11th Floor

Washington, D.C.

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Speakers from the EPA and the DOJ will discuss several topics including recent developments and new initiatives in environmental compliance and regulatory enforcement and recent rulemaking litigation. A law professor/academic will also provide a summary of recent and pending Supreme Court decisions on important environmental issues.

Moderators and panelists will include:

 *  John C. Cruden, (AAG)U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C

 *  Charlie Denton, Barnes and Thornburg, Grand Rapids, MI

 *  Tristan Duncan, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Kansas City, MO

 *  Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Environmental Council of the States, Washington, D.C.

 *  Lisa Garcia, Litigation for Healthy Communities, San Francisco, CA

 *  Cynthia Giles, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

 *  Ben Fisherow, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, D.C.

 *  Jack Lipschultz, Environmental Defense Section, Washington, D.C.

 *  Bob Percival, University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, MD


Registration Rates:

 *  $60.00 Section of Litigation members

 *  $75.00 Non-Section members

Join a Subcommittee!

Our committee has numerous subcommittees on specific areas of interest—and now they are easier than ever to join. Simply click the "Join" link to the right above and you will be directed to a list of all available subcommittees. We have groups focused on water, air, bankruptcy, toxic torts, CERCLA, eminent domain and much more.

Ask a Mentor

The latest installment of Ask a Mentor is now available on our Young Lawyers page.

Calling All Women Environmental Attorneys!

Consider joining the Subcommittee of Women Environmental Lawyers (SWEL) during our next bimonthly conference call. The calls discuss committee activities and publication opportunities, allowing members to share successes or questions, and feature a new speaker discussing an ongoing matter or "hot topic" in environmental law during every call. The next call is November 19, 2012, at 4 p.m. Eastern. Contact Maggie Witherup or Gail Wurtzler to be added to the email reminders and to get the call-in number.

Environmental Litigation Winter 2016 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Environmental Litigation newsletter is now available.

Get Involved

Involvement in our committee is a great way to keep your practice up-to-date and get more involved in the Section of Litigation. In addition to seeking contributions to our newsletter and website, we are looking for help with our subcommittees. If you think you might be interested in contributing an article, news & development, or case note; joining a subcommittee; or getting involved in leadership, please let us know.

Message from the Chairs

This year's Joint CLE in Park City, Utah was a great success! Once again, the Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, and Mass Torts Committees teamed up to present a set of programs that were relevant, informative, and entertaining. The programming, speakers, materials, facilities, and recreation were top-notch in every respect. As always, the credit for another successful conference largely goes to our outstanding Planning Committee. Our thanks go out to our own Matt Coglianese, who was also cochair of the entire conference, and Jon Schuyler Brooks for their terrific efforts on that committee—excellent work! Thanks also go out to our outstanding ABA Section of Litigation staff, Anna Rojas, Kristal Montiel, and Porscha Boyd. They were absolute all-stars!

In case you missed it, the presentations at Park City included an environmental litigation breakout addressing “CERCLA Litigation for the New Millennium: More Claims and More Hurdles to Settling Them.” The ethics session covered “The Model Rules Meet the 2015 Amendments to the Civil Rules: New Challenges or Business as Usual?” The plenary programs included “Aging Infrastructure: First stop, the Courtroom, When It All Starts to Fall Apart," "Drone On! Emerging Legal Issues for Civil Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in American Airspace," "How to Handle the After-Effects to Daubert Rulings: How Do You Re-Vamp Your Case Following the Exclusion or Limitation of Your Expert Witness?" and "Tools to Hit a Bullseye at Your Next Mediation.” If you were not able to attend, look for the course materials on our committee's website.

Our next major CLE programming will be at the ABA Section of Litigation’s Section Annual Conference to be held in Chicago from April 13 to 15. We will be organizing a committee dinner for Wednesday, April 13, so let us know if you will be attending. Folks are also in full planning mode putting together our May 12 regional CLE event in Washington D.C., which will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the offices of Morgan Lewis. You will not want to miss this event, as we have already secured John Cruden's agreement to once again be our keynote speaker! The U.S. EPA's Cynthia Giles has been invited back and we are putting together several other panels of government speakers that we expect will be a huge draw for us. Look out for our notices in the months ahead regarding this terrific half-day CLE event. We look forward to seeing many of you!

New members welcome! If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in our Environmental Litigation Committee, please encourage them to join and get involved. It’s easy to join!

Kevin Bruno
Rudy Perrino

Cochairs, Environmental Litigation Committee



Our active subcommittees include:

  • Air
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Environmental Claims
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Criminal Litigation & Enforcement
  • Damages
  • Eminent Domain
  • Insurance


  • Mass Environmental & Toxic Torts
  • RCRA
  • Trial Practice
  • Water
  • Young Lawyers
  • Newsletter
  • Programming
  • Website
  • Joint CLE Summit Meeting

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partners

Patrick McGrath

Chicago, IL

Debra Aron

Chicago, IL



Environmental Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editors
Kevin Bruno

Princeton, NJ

Rudy Perrino

Los Angeles, CA

Ted A. Warpinski

Milwaukee, WI

Shawn LaTourette

Newark, NJ

Andrew N. Sawula

Chicago, IL

Karen Aldridge Crawford

Columbia, SC

Matthew P. Coglianese

Coral Gables, FL