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W. Parker Moore
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3311
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Parker Moore is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. with an environmental, litigation, and regulatory practice focusing on land use issues involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and related natural resources laws. Mr. Moore co-chairs the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group and the Firm’s NEPA, Wetlands, and ESA Section.
During his time with Beveridge & Diamond, Mr. Moore has counseled numerous private parties and public agencies in their NEPA compliance efforts. He regularly assists stakeholders build administrative records for proposed projects capable of withstanding citizen suit challenges and has successfully defended major infrastructure, land development, and land use projects against such challenges. Mr. Moore also represents local participating agencies and other stakeholders in negotiations with lead federal agencies to maximize the benefits of each project.
Another cornerstone of Mr. Moore’s practice is advising landowners on the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other waters under the Clean Water Act. He counsels project proponents nationwide through the CWA’s Section 404 permitting program, including mitigation compliance. In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court cited an amicus brief he co-authored on behalf of national real estate and development associations in the controversial wetlands regulation case, Rapanos v. United States. In the wake of that ruling, Mr. Moore has spoken frequently on the scope of CWA jurisdiction and has published numerous articles on the state of wetlands regulation and its impacts on land use interests.
Another significant part of Mr. Moore’s water law practice involves counseling local, national, and international corporations, as well as local governments, on permitting and compliance strategies under the CWA’s NPDES program for stormwater discharges from construction activity and industrial activity. As state and federal government enforcement under the NPDES program has increased over the past several years, Mr. Moore has helped Fortune 50 and 100 companies develop permitting and discharge compliance programs to be implemented both at site-specific and national levels. He also has played a primary role in negotiating consent decrees with EPA and several different states to address discharges of stormwater and wastewater.
A final component of Mr. Moore’s practice involves representing landowners and project proponents in a full range of matters arising under species protection laws, including the ESA, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Mr. Moore has successfully defended clients from federal enforcement under the ESA and MBTA and has led internal investigations for private companies and trade associations to evaluate potential exposure to MBTA liability and develop strategies to minimize that exposure.
Before joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Moore clerked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Robert H. Hodges of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Moore received a bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Vermont Law Review. Before receiving his law degree, he served as a wetlands ecologist for a private environmental consulting firm. In that capacity, Mr. Moore performed extensive onsite evaluation and consultation involving complex federal, state, and local environmental issues including CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, the ESA, the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, and construction regulatory compliance.
Mr. Moore has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Edition 2013 as a Rising Star.
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Army Corps’ New Plant List Expected to Increase Number of Wetlands, Assertions of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, BNA Daily Environment Report (December 2012)
Supreme Court to EPA: CWA Compliance Orders Are Subject To Review, American Bar Association's Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 2 (July 2012)
EPA Proposes New General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity, Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter (June 2011)
A Blow to Wind Energy, Environmental Law360 (March 2011)
An Attorney's Perspective: Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Remains Murky, Zephyr Currents (July 2008)
The State of the Clean Water Act and Its Reach - A Midyear Report, Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter (July 2008)
EPA Issues Final Water Transfer Rule, Prepares for Litigation, Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter (July 2008)
Diminishing Deference: Recent Trends in Clean Water Act Cases, BNA, Inc.'s Daily Environment Report (October 2007)
A Regulatory Proposal That Even the Supreme Court Could Love, ABA's Natural Resources & Environment (Summer 2007)
Back to the Drawing Board: A Proposal for Adopting a Listed Species Reporting System Under the Endangered Species Act, 24 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 105 (2006)
Hoodwinked by Hatter: Creating a Test for Constitutional Waivers of Sovereign Immunity to Pre-Judgment Interest, 27 Vt. L. Rev. 1061 (2004)