Whether it concerns waste disposal, air emissions, underground storage tanks or other potential environmental law issues, companies are increasingly at risk for criminal penalties and civil damages awards arising from environmental issues. Quinn Emanuel brings a broad range of experience to address the unique problems companies face in environmental litigation.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in both civil and criminal environmental litigation matters. On the civil side, at the trial court level, Quinn Emanuel has successfully defended clients in matters ranging from nuclear waste disposal and the operation of industrial facilities and landfills to oil spills and soil and groundwater contamination. We have also assisted clients in defending against mass tort and class action claims based on a wide variety of environmental issues, as well as obtaining insurance coverage to pay for remediating contamination. On the criminal side, we have defended its clients in a broad range of criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings, and prosecutions involving oil and other spills and the storage, transportation, disposal, and discharge of numerous hazardous chemicals and wastes.
Quinn Emanuel also has a broad record of success on appeal in environmental litigation. We have secured victories for clients before the Supreme Court, as well as the Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, and Ninth Circuits. Our appellate victories have come in matters ranging from auto emission standards, to oil exploration plans, to CERCLA liability.