Environmental Litigation

For more than four decades, Latham & Watkins has helped clients around the world resolve environmental disputes. The firm’s market-leading environmental practitioners and battle-tested litigators provide clients a winning combination before administrative boards, at all levels of the judiciary, and in international and US-based arbitrations.

Why Latham

Representation on Every Front

Latham represents public and private companies in all types of industries, project developers, manufacturers, energy companies, public and private utilities, as well as trade associations, financial institutions and investors.

View the Environmental Litigation practice list.

Latham helps clients:

  • Defend against criminal and civil enforcement actions and citizen-suits
  • Defend permits and approvals from the full spectrum of state, regional, and federal regulatory bodies
  • Defend or litigate commercial disputes and any potential liabilities in state, or federal courts, as well as before regulatory bodies
  • Limit or avoid liabilities, or negotiate with other potentially liable parties in environmental disputes
  • Secure insurance coverage for underlying litigation matters 

Latham represents clients in disputes including in the following areas:

Awards & Rankings


  • Latham Recognized Across the Board for Litigation & Trial Prowess - October 14, 2020
  • Chicago Partners Named to Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Law List - September 08, 2020
  • Five Chicago Partners Distinguished as Notable Gen X Leaders in Law - May 29, 2019
  • Latham Again Honored as a Top Legal Innovator - December 12, 2018
  • Global Chairs Honored as Los Angeles Leaders in Law - November 01, 2018

Clients report that Latham lawyers are "'uniformly excellent and extremely knowledgeable and seasoned' in all areas of environmental litigation, including climate change, air quality, toxic tort, water quality, insurance coverage, policyholder disputes, and energy and natural resources projects."

 – The Legal 500 US 2019


Webcast – Air & Climate Forecast: Ozone Regulation Under the New AdministrationEnvironmental Law Institute's 12th Western Boot Camp

Media Coverage

Rising Star: Latham's Andrew Prins2019 Fellow: Michael RomeyGreener Route Cuts Through Legal Tangle


Latham Recognized Across the Board for Litigation & Trial ProwessChicago Partners Named to Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Law ListLatham Releases Book of Jargon® – Environmental, Social & Governance

Thought Leadership

Medicare Seeks to Ensure Repayment in Toxic Tort and Personal Injury SettlementsAustralian Government Faces Class-Action Over Failure to Disclose Climate Change Risks Federal Court Denies Nationwide Stay of Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Webcasts & Podcasts

CEQA Developments: How New Proposed Regulations and Streamlined Legislation Will Impact California Projects US Environmental Regulatory Reforms in the Trump Administration