Beveridge & Diamond anticipates, advises on, and proactively manages sensitive multi-stakeholder interactions related to environmental justice.
We represent multinational companies and municipal clients in complex environmental disputes and high-profile project management, corporate ethics, environmental compliance, and investigative environmental justice (EJ) and Title VI matters.
We bring together a group of diverse lawyers who have not only advised clients on EJ matters for decades but also who know how to help industry clients proactively address EJ issues. We regularly organize and participate in EJ conferences, bar and industry initiatives, and webinars, including organizing an annual CLE panel on EJ at the National Bar Association’s Annual Convention for over a decade, sponsoring the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, and leading the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Environmental Justice. B&D’s Chairman has taught the EJ course at Howard Law School since 2005. We also regularly engage with federal government officials overseeing EJ matters, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Environmental Justice.
Our team includes former government officials who worked on EJ matters during their tenures at the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA. Clients benefit from their perspectives gained by overseeing civil settlements and criminal actions centered around EJ issues; serving on the Obama Administration’s White House Task Force on Environmental Justice; assisting with the reorganization of EPA’s External Civil Rights Compliance Office, which oversees Title VI enforcement for EPA; and advising on and supporting EPA’s and the Administrator’s response to the Flint drinking water crisis and related congressional hearings.
We provide services including:
- Developing creative solutions to address EJ community concerns.
- Advising on EJ considerations during project lifecycles.
- Defending EJ-related challenges and providing counsel during settlement negotiations.
- Designing and implementing holistic programs for companies to consider EJ in their decision-making processes.
- Advising clients on industry best practices for EJ implementation.
- Providing awareness training regarding EJ issues.