Environmental legal issues present an ongoing compliance challenge for all businesses. Regulators around the globe continue to place new and more stringent demands on businesses to meet enhanced environmental standards. This is driven by a range of global trends, such as increased chemical regulation, product stewardship and environmental accountability, and public concerns around climate change and sustainability. In the U.S., the federal government appears poised to reverse that trend by rolling back environmental regulation, thereby ushering in an era of regulatory uncertainty and patchwork regulation by and among the individual states.

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Eversheds Sutherland’s experienced global environmental legal teams provide you with solutions-driven advice and representation wherever our clients do business. Whether we are providing guidance on environmental compliance, assessing risk profile in a transaction, or defending environmental litigation and enforcement, we work with you to understand your business and ensure that our advice is always focused, practical and relevant. We also work with our colleagues in other teams such as real estate, construction and safety and energy, where the legal requirements often interact. Where advice is required across a number of jurisdictions globally, we assemble a multi-jurisdictional team for you, which will deliver seamless and fully-integrated advice.

Eversheds Sutherland’s environmental team has extensive experience of issues arising from laws governing environmental protection and energy and product stewardship, including:

  • asbestos management
  • air issues, including Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan
  • chemical compliance, including TSCA and REACH
  • climate change, including GHG reporting and cap-and-trade programs
  • environmental and toxic tort litigation
  • environmental defense and white collar defense
  • environmental insurance and risk mitigation
  • environmental permits
  • federal and state fuel compliance and enforcement, including renewable fuel mandates
  • incidents including oil spill
  • natural resource damages
  • product stewardship issues such as packaging waste, WEEE and RoHS
  • site remediation
  • transaction/project-related risk assessment and diligence, including appointment of environmental consultants
  • statutory nuisance
  • sustainability issues, such as energy assessment schemes and energy performance of buildings
  • waste, CERCLA, coal ash
  • clean water and safe drinking water regulation
  • compliance audits and risk management
Our environmental lawyers bring unique backgrounds and extensive training and experience to address all your legal needs. Several of our attorneys worked at regulatory agencies and legislative bodies prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, and therefore have first-hand knowledge of the key personnel and inner workings of these organizations.

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§  “Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP” to “Diversity at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP”

§  “Diversity” section:

o   The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity.  More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.

§  “Our Awards and Recognitions” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

§  “Our Commitment” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession.  We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm.  We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture.  Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.

o   We are committed to working with our clients as they pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all.

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