Steptoe & Johnson’s environmental attorneys represent clients before federal, state, and local courts and administrative boards in civil, criminal, and administrative matters, and in administrative and legislative policy-setting proceedings. Our environmental lawyers possess extensive experience as seasoned regulatory attorneys and litigators who can handle commercial and environmental litigation in high-profile cases. Environmental practice attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to understand the highly technical nature of environmental and endangered species issues.

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  • Technical and scientific degrees held by team members in geology, engineering, environmental science, and mining
  • Leadership roles in environmental/energy trade organizations
  • Team members actively involved in shaping environmental and energy policy and in promulgating regulations
  • Active relationship with state and federal government officials
  • More than 30% of the team has in-house counsel or regulatory agency experience
  • Attorneys licensed in IN, KY, OH, PA, VA, and WV
  • 50% of team members recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Team members are registered lobbyists represent clients regarding environmental issues


  • Industry and municipality compliance under federal and state laws and regulations
  • Penalty and enforcement actions
  • Clean Water Act Citizen Suits
  • RCRA Citizen Suits
  • Site remediation and planning (including Brownfields)
  • Indemnity and transactional documentation
  • Audit and assessment planning including self audit disclosures
  • Underground and aboveground storage tank management, remediation, and closure
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers permitting, compliance, and enforcement under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
  • Superfund cost recovery, allocations, and site delisting
  • RCRA and hazardous and solid waste disposal permitting and enforcement
  • Acquisition of drilled oil and gas wells and undeveloped leases in the Appalachian Basin
  • Clean Water Act permitting, compliance, and enforcement
  • Endangered Species Act consultation
  • Compliance counseling under all environmental regulatory programs
  • Real estate and infrastructure development
  • Toxic tort litigation including Asbestos
  • EPCRA/CERCLA releases and reporting
  • PCB and TSCA
  • Oil Pollution Act (SPCC)
  • Cultural Resources/National Historical Preservation Act
  • NEPA
  • Pipeline safety (PHMSA)

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