Energy + Natural Resources

Natural Resource Protection

Farella assists companies manage their impact on the natural resources of their facilities’ environment. Many of our clients tread into undeveloped regions affecting the flora and fauna in new ways, while other clients require support to cleanup historic Superfund-type sites and redevelop environmentally compromised property.  In these highly regulated environments, we have the depth and breadth of experience to provide appropriate teams for any engagement, small or large, including the most complex, multi-party, high-stakes and sensitive development, redevelopment or litigation matters.

We are trial attorneys, advocates and counselors and are known throughout the industry for our responsiveness and commitment to our clients’ interests.  Our environmental, land use, renewable energy, real estate and project development practices and lawyers are highly ranked by entities such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation and various “Top” or “Best of” lists.

“They are excellent – responsive, experienced and helpful.  Farella has solid environmental practice group with real depth in experience.”

Chambers USA 2019

Farella’s well-known reputation with regulatory decision-makers is demonstrated through mutual respect and our ability to develop unique, well-supported strategies that achieve our clients’ objectives within appropriate regulatory frameworks.  Our extensive cross-discipline natural resource expertise enables us to offer multi-disciplinary teams to provide the most appropriate experience for any engagement or specialized assignment.  A few areas to specifically highlight in our natural resource experience:

  • Air, water and hazardous waste
  • Regulatory due diligence (e.g., NEPA, CEQA and land use) in project development and business and real estate transactions
  • Superfund, natural resource, and cost recovery litigation
  • Wetlands and endangered species
  • Citizen suits and private attorneys general actions
  • Civil and criminal enforcement actions and internal investigations

Firm Highlights

News

Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over

Shanti Eagle was quoted in Law360 's article "Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over."  Read the article here (subscription required).

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Katherine Philippakis Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in California by Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce the selection of partner Katherine Philippakis to the Daily Journal ’s 2022 list of California’s "Top Women Lawyers." The annual list honors the achievements of leading...

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Illinois Courts Largely Favor Coverage for BIPA Cases Under CGL Policies

Since Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed pursuant to the statute. BIPA generally bars private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing...

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Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation (Webinar)

Stephanie Skaff and Nate Garhart discuss "Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation." Several new bills targeting online platform companies are making their way through state and federal legislative bodies in the...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2022 Best Places to Work

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LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal

Erik Olson was quoted in the article "LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal" in CDR Magazine . In the article, Erik said: We are pleased to see that the Ninth Circuit has again affirmed, in light...

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Event

Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments (Webinar)

Join Stephanie Skaff and Erik Olson in the discussion on "Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments." Web scraping has existed as long as the World Wide Web has...

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Upside: Changes in the VCAP Liability Coverage Market

Over the past few years, there's been a dramatic rise in premiums in the venture capital liability insurance market and a steady increase in claims being submitted under those policies. We're also seeing a...

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Event

The 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Jim Colopy is a speaker at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages on the panel addressing "Federal Jurisdiction: Waters of the United States.” 

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Publication

hiQ’s Groundbreaking Injunction Against LinkedIn Reaffirmed: Scraping of Publicly Available Data Likely Does Not Violate CFAA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed its prior decision , holding that LinkedIn could not block hiQ, a scraping entity, from scraping public LinkedIn profiles. The court found it was...

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