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 Again Honored For Wide-Ranging Litigation & Trial Success - October 24, 2021
  • 10 Latham Lawyers Named 2021 Rising Stars - May 31, 2021
  • Seven Lawyers Honored As Client Service All-Stars - December 09, 2020
  • 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

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


2020 CEQA Year in Review

Media Coverage

Rising Star – Environment: Kegan BrownWomen Worth Watching in Leadership 2020 – Robin M. HulshizerRising Star: Latham's Andrew Prins


Latham Again Honored For Wide-Ranging Litigation & Trial SuccessLatham Secures Major Supreme Court Victory for GuamSeven Lawyers Honored As Client Service All-Stars

Thought Leadership

ESG in 2022: 10 Things to Look Out ForUpdate: US Supreme Court Addresses Specific Personal Jurisdiction AgainSpain Approves a New Remuneration Regime for Renewable Energy (REER)

Webcasts & Podcasts

2020 CEQA Year in ReviewCEQA Developments: How New Proposed Regulations and Streamlined Legislation Will Impact California Projects US Environmental Regulatory Reforms in the Trump Administration