Dorsey’s environmental attorneys bring broad regulatory expertise and professional experience to team with our clients to address a wide range of complex legal and policy issues. We represent clients in major compliance, litigation, administrative, enforcement and legislative matters relating to environmental, land use and resources laws. We also counsel clients on environmental and regulatory issues arising in corporate, real estate and infrastructure development matters. Our clients include energy generators (coal, gas, nuclear and renewable), mining companies, refineries and petroleum distributors, agricultural and food processors, manufacturers, contractors and developers, and airlines and railroads. Our environmental practice received a National Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News’ 2011 rankings of the Best Law Firms in America.

Scope of Services

  • Environmental Review
  • Air and Water Quality
  • Endangered Species
  • Hazardous Waste/Superfund
  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Toxic Torts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Remediation
  • Brownfield Development
  • Cultural and Historical Resources
  • Mining/Natural Resources
  • Public Lands
  • Environmental and Major Facility Permitting
  • Audits and compliance programs
  • Enforcement (civil and criminal)
  • Worker Safety (OSHA)

Representative Matters


  • NEPA litigation for proposed coal mine facility
  • NEPA litigation for deregulation of genetically-engineered seed
  • State environmental review litigation for tire-to-energy facility
  • “Restoration damages” litigation arising from petroleum release
  • CERCLA and RCRA litigation involving alleged releases of hazardous substances
  • Toxic tort litigation involving alleged workplace exposure to lead
  • Toxic tort litigation arising out of major chemical release from railcar
  • Environmental litigation relating to noise levels at major airport


  • “Fast Track” environmental permitting for “major source” manufacturing facility
  • Environmental review for intermodal facility
  • Environmental permitting of gas-fired power plant
  • Environmental permitting of coal-fired power plant
  • Environmental permitting of major agricultural processing facility
  • Environmental audit of petroleum refinery
  • Compliance review and counseling for large coal-fired electric power generating facility
  • Multi-media environmental due diligence of petroleum refinery
  • Multi-media environmental due diligence of more than 400 facilities (single transaction)
  • “White Paper” investigation of Fortune 100 company’s environmental auditing program
  • Brownfield development of former military facility
  • Drafting and advocacy of environmental legislation
  • Criminal enforcement defense in CERCLA, RCRA and Clean Act matters
  • Civil enforcement defense in CERCLA, RCRA and Clean Air Act cases
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