Environmental and Energy
- Environmental and Energy
Your resources power business and the economy. Our resourcefulness clears a path for your enterprise and ingenuity.
We work closely with in-house counsel, environmental managers and consultants to address a wide scope of environmental matters. Real estate developers and industrial clients rely on our attorneys in assessing and reclaiming contaminated properties and making them productive again. With our support, clients produce across-the-board wins that create economic growth while achieving environmentally-sound solutions. In those environmental matters that involve government enforcement action or private party litigation, clients count on us to develop and implement a litigation strategy that gives rise to a sound and cost-effective outcome.
We bring experience to all sectors of energy production, including renewables, in negotiation of complex transactions, securing financing, and achieving compliance with regulations. Our attorneys also advise on tax policies that encourage energy development.
Peer respect is a hallmark of our environmental and energy team. Our attorneys include:
- The founder and current chair of the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Public Utility Section,
- The former chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law,
- The former chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the ABA’s General Practice Section,
- The former chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Environmental Law Section, and
- A Chambers-rated attorney ranked a "Top Lawyer" nationally in energy and the environment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
“Advises clients on the full spectrum of litigation, transactional and regulatory concerns. Particular strength in handling water use and contaminated property matters, as well as toxic tort defense.”
- Chambers USA 2016
Representation of private sector clients in acquisition of land use entitlements (e.g., general plan amendments, zoning amendments, conditional use permits) for commercial, residential, and natural resources development projects.
Lead attorney for remediation of Sacramento Railyards, a 243-acre brownfield in downtown Sacramento. Representation of PRPs before the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, California State Water Resources Control Board Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Representation of public agencies and developers in preparation of, and litigation over, its environmental documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
Representation of private clients seeking development permits before the Army Corps of Engineers.
Representation of El Dorado County before the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) regarding formulation of Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program.
Private action under CERCLA arising out of battery-breaking site near Richmond, Virginia. Defended four corporations among more than 100 in case, which settled after discovery.
Claims of more than 200 individuals for personal injuries arising from exposure to VOCs in well water. Took depositions of 20 plaintiffs, and case was settled before expert phase of discovery.
The IRS denied fuel excise tax credits for industrial vacuum loaders known as “Guzzlers” used by an industrial waste removal company.
The government recognized the hazards of litigating the case and agreed for purposes of this case that the equipment qualified as Off-Highway Vehicles engaged in an off-highway business use and, therefore, qualified for the fuel excise tax credit.
IRS conceded challenge to Amendment Clause in Conservation Easement and settled on eve of trial reducing the alleged deficiency by more than $1.2 million.
- Successful defense of Comverge, Inc. in patent infringement action relating to energy usage management
At the client’s request, we took over the defense of a large and hotly-contested patent infringement case brought by Nxegen LLC and Nxegen Holdings Inc. The patents involved systems and methods for remotely monitoring and adjusting energy usage. Facing a tight discovery schedule, we managed to produce, review and analyze a voluminous number of documents, take and defend approximately 30 depositions in a one-month period, amend the complaint to allege ...
Representing solar, wind, and biomass renewable energy developers in the structuring of entities to raise equity and debt supported by tax credits and grants.
Represented the plaintiff to a satisfactory resolution in companion litigation in Georgia and Colorado to enforce restrictive covenants and obtain protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets.
Represented Wellons Group, a manufacturer and operator of renewable energy co-generation systems using biomass as fuel. Wellons enters business relationships with industrial facilities with needs for steam and electricity usage whereby Wellons enters into leasing, financing, and power purchase agreements with those facility owners for purposes of Wellons’ establishment and operation of biomass-fuelled co-generation systems on the facility ...
Represented Pristine Sun, LLC as the borrower on a $3.2 million credit facility provided by Partners for Growth IV, LLC, as the lender. Acted as counsel for the borrower, reviewed and negotiated the loan agreement and numerous collateral agreements, issuing an opinion as counsel to the borrower.
- September 16, 2016
- August 9, 2016
- August 1, 2016
- July 14, 2016
- July 8, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- "Leah Knowlton: Partner in the Environmental and Energy Team at Taylor English Duma," Atlanta Business ChronicleJune 30, 2016
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- March 8, 2016
- December 15, 2015
- December 21, 2010
- November 12, 2010
- June 1, 2010
- April 29, 2010
- March 11, 2010
- March 9, 2010
- June 28, 2016
- Five Attorneys Also Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldsMay 27, 2016
- August 17, 2015
- Taylor English Earns National Recognition for Three Practices, Six Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in Their FieldChambers USA, May 28, 2015
- September 14, 2010
- October 16, 2009
- August 20, 2014