Janice M. Schneider

  • Partner
  • Ejanice.schneider@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2306


Janice M. Schneider is Global Co-Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Practice. She draws on more than 30 years of experience on environmental and natural resource issues.

Prior to rejoining Latham, Ms. Schneider served as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for the US Department of the Interior where she oversaw four Interior Department agencies: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), including more than 12,000 employees and a combined budget of US$1.5 billion. As Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the Department’s management and use of federal lands, waters, and mineral and non-mineral resources on about 245 million acres of federal surface lands, 700 million acres of federal mineral interests, and the 1.7 billion acre Outer Continental Shelf, successfully completing an extensive array of agency rules and initiatives. She was confirmed by the US Senate in May 2014.

Prior to joining the US Department of the Interior, Ms. Schneider was a partner in Latham’s Environment, Land & Resources Department, served as Chair of the department in Washington, D.C., and served as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Project Siting & Approvals Practice where she handled a broad range of matters in federal court and before federal agencies, members of Congress, and its staff. Before that she served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Interior, a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice in the Wildlife Section, and in the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor in the Division of Indian Affairs and the Honors Program.

Her experience includes:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other wildlife laws
  • Federal Land Policy and Management Act and National Forest Management Act
  • Mineral Leasing Act
  • Mining laws
  • Clean Water Act
  • Tribal and cultural resource issues
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)

Ms. Schneider has extensive experience guiding clients to successful outcomes in the energy development sector both onshore and offshore, including renewable solar and wind energy, hydropower, oil and gas, coal, pipeline and transmission line development, licensing, operation, and compliance; the minerals and mining sector; and public land, national forest, American Indian land, national wildlife refuge, and national park use and management.

Ms. Schneider is a first-chair litigator and is well versed in federal policy development and legislative and regulatory activities, including working effectively with states and local government and industry, tribal, and non-governmental stakeholders; analysis and drafting of legislative language and testimony; preparing and commenting on rules; and other agency initiatives. She is a frequent public speaker and has testified before Congress numerous times.

Ms. Schneider was recognized as an Energy & Environmental Trailblazer by The National Law Journal 2018, which features lawyers who have “shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.” Ms. Schneider is also recognized as a leading lawyer, both before and after her recent federal government service, in The Legal 500 US guides for Environment: Regulatory 2011-2013, 2018-2020 and cited as a recommended lawyer for Environment: Litigation category 2011-2012, 2018-2020 and Real Estate–Land Use/Zoning category 2018-2020. In addition, she is recognized as a Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate for significant contributions to the field in 2013 and included in the list of Environmental MVPs which honor “attorneys whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions have raised the bar” by Law360 2011.

Before entering the legal field, Ms. Schneider worked for six years as a biologist and consultant with the National Park Service, University of Miami, Florida Department of Transportation, and a private firm.

Thought Leadership

  • White House Announces New Initiatives and Guidance on Clean Energy Transition -  February 23, 2022
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – Key Questions Answered On CFIUS -  May 27, 2021
  • White House Rescinds Trump Climate-Related NEPA Guidance  -  February 23, 2021
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Continues Work to Narrow Application of Migratory Bird Treaty Act -  June 24, 2020
  • Federal Court Denies Nationwide Stay of Navigable Waters Protection Rule -  June 22, 2020
  • US Supreme Court: Some Discharges Through Groundwater Require Permit -  April 30, 2020
  • The Public's Interest and Durable Management of Energy Development on Public Lands -  August 01, 2019
  • Unanimous US Supreme Court Decision Takes a Hard Look at “Critical Habitat” -  February 21, 2019
  • Interior Department Solicits Comments on Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations -  August 28, 2018
  • Agencies Consider 16 Key Reforms to the Endangered Species Act Regulations -  August 21, 2018
  • CEQ Seeks Input on Potential Revisions to NEPA Regulations -  June 25, 2018
  • IMO Strategy to Halve Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Shipping By 2050 -  May 21, 2018
  • New York Releases Offshore Wind Master Plan -  March 09, 2018
  • 3 Proposals Signal A New Wave Of Offshore Wind -  February 16, 2018
  • Trump Administration Mandates Critical Minerals Development Strategy  -  January 29, 2018
  • Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act -  January 16, 2018
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Ambitious Clean Energy Agenda for New York  -  January 10, 2018
  • Strong End of 2017 for Oil and Gas on Federal Lands and Waters in Alaska  -  January 05, 2018
  • DOI Identifies Burdens to Energy Development on US Tribal Land  -  December 20, 2017
  • BOEM Renewable Energy Task Force Discusses Potential New Wind Energy Areas Offshore New York  -  December 14, 2017
  • Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development  -  November 20, 2017
  • U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits -  April 11, 2017

According to sources:
She is "a well-known expert on public land issues"
Chambers USA 2021

“Invaluable and impeccable strategic counseling with grounded and reasonable advocacy”
Chambers USA 2020

Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • JD, Lewis & Clark Law School, 1992
  • BS, University of Miami, 1983
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets