Practice Areas & Industries: Duane Morris LLP


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The attorneys in Duane Morris' Natural Resources Practice Group counsel clients concerning their rights and obligations under federal environmental statutes and regulations as well as similar state and local laws. We represent clients in enforcement proceedings and litigation and advise municipalities and policymakers on the legal issues of conservation, endangered species protection and resource management law.

In particular, the Natural Resources group has assisted clients with developing endangered species mitigation banks, obtaining permitting associated with wetlands protection, creating habitat conservation plans and related plans for endangered species and negotiating mining and timber leases.

Our Natural Resources attorneys work closely with our Environmental Law group on matters concerning pollution, RCRA, Superfund, FIFRA, toxic torts and other issues. Our attorneys, with the capabilities and reach of a global law firm, can assist clients with complex water and natural resources legal problems at the local, national and international levels.

Representative Matters

  • Consultation with law firms regarding water rights matters on behalf of their clients.
  • Ongoing representation of county water district in water supply contract negotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Represented manufacturer in responding to multimillion-dollar penalty demand from EPA for alleged storm water and pretreatment discharge violations.
  • Negotiated multiple water transfer agreements on behalf of water agencies.
  • Representation of California urban water suppliers before the state Legislature, the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies on matters of concern regarding California and western states' water issues.
  • Representation of wineries and vineyards owners regarding water supplies, water rights and environmental matters.
  • Represented public entity before FERC to secure water supply and create new water-saving methods for meeting stream flow requirements.
  • Representation of developers in wetlands permitting matters.


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