Kevin Holewinski is a trial lawyer with vast environmental, climate change, toxic tort, and bankruptcy litigation experience who heads the Firm's Environmental, Health & Safety Practice. Before joining Jones Day, he served as a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice for seven years, where he tried cases in a variety of substantive areas, including environmental law, in courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Kevin received a number of awards for his trial work from both the Attorney General and the EPA.
Kevin has represented manufacturing, utility, chemical, oil and gas, and other industry clients in multimillion dollar civil enforcement and public nuisance actions, criminal investigations, OSHA investigations, toxic tort litigation, cost recovery, and contract litigation. He has extensive experience in air and groundwater contamination issues, human and ecological risk assessment, the science of climate change, as well as in the pursuit of contract, statutory, and other claims against the United States. Kevin is currently representing an auto manufacturer in connection with a major Clean Air Act civil enforcement action initiated by the DOJ as well as in the parallel criminal investigation.
Kevin frequently provides commentary to the major print and television media on a wide range of environmental litigation issues, including climate change and federal and state government enforcement efforts.
•United States Department of Justice: Trial Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division (1992-1994); Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, Criminal Division (1991-1992); and Trial Attorney, Attorney General's Honor Program, Civil Rights Division (1987-1991)
•Alpha Natural Resources plan confirmed by U.S. Bankruptcy Court
DENKA buys Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont
IBM resolves claims related to alleged exposure to toxic emissions
Honors & Distinctions
•Named in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004, where he has been described as [a] fantastic litigator and appellate lawyer
Recommended in The Legal 500 (2009-2013) and described as best-in-class
Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2010-2014)
Law360 Environmental MVP (2012)
Washington's Top Lawyers - Environmental Litigation, The Washingtonian magazine (December 2013, 2011, 2009)