Borne of the EPA, Beveridge & Diamond has developed in
symbiosis with significant environmental legislation throughout the
last quarter of the twentieth century and early twenty-first,
giving its clients insider access to the complexities of
environmental law, natural resource law, land use and litigation.
Government and corporate clients such as Sunoco, El Paso
Corporation, ExxonMobil and Chevron alike reap the benefits of
Beveridge & Diamond's specialties in alternative dispute
resolution, high stakes environmental and commercial litigation,
toxic torts and white collar defense.
Born in the EPA
In 1974 a group of EPA senior officials and lawyers, including
the Administrator of the EPA, the first Commissioner of NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation, and name partners Albert
J. Beveridge III and Henry L. Diamond, struck out on their own .
From those not-so-humble beginnings, the firm's rise in the area of
environmental law has continued, becoming one of the most sought
after midsize firms. Complex environmental litigation, regulatory,
transactional and legislative matters at the federal and state
levels are de rigueur for Beveridge and
Diamond. Chambers ranks Beveridge & Diamond
nationally and regionally in the states of Massachusetts, New York,
DC and Texas, Super Lawyers names 19 top
Beveridge & Diamond lawyers in Massachusetts for Environmental,
Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Energy, Natural
Resources all geographic and Rising Stars.
From Wetlands to Waste
The firm is well-practiced in the intricacies of environmental
law, handling matters as diverse as biotechnology, wetlands,
environmental auditing, endangered species, toxic chemicals,
Superfund, pesticides regulation, food safety, hazardous and solid
waste, Clean Air, Act Clean Water Act and risk assessment. Its
white collar team is made up of three former federal environmental
crimes prosecutors and one former criminal investigator. State--or
country--boundaries don't stop Beveridge & Diamond, which is
home to an active international environmental practice that
practices in Asia, South America. Beveridge & Diamond does
whatever it takes, including settlements, dispositions, trials and
appeals for its clients. Recently, the firm negotiated a summary
judgment in a toxic tort/nuisance case in York County, Pennsylvania
and a civilian contractor's waste stockpile cleanup in
Law of Pie
Beveridge & Diamond is no stranger to the sweet taste of
victory-even outside of the courtroom. The firm went up against 13
other DC firms in the 11th annual Cooking for Kids Bake Sale and
Taste-Off Competition, a fundraising initiative for DC public
schools sponsored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil
Rights & Urban Affairs that raised $6,000. Alongside the likes
of Arent Fox and WilmerHale, name founder and principal Henry L.
Diamond's assistant Linda Bettencourt took first place for the firm
with a winning blueberry pie recipe.
IN THE NEWS
Chambers Names Beveridge & Diamond U.S. Environmental
Law Firm of the Year
On May 26, Chambers and Partners named Beveridge & Diamond
winner of its Chambers USA Award for Excellence in environmental
law at its annual awards dinner in New York City. Each year,
Chambers recognizes one law firm's preeminence in environmental law
based on the firm's outstanding work, impressive strategic growth
and excellence in client service performed over the past 12
National Law Journal Again Names Beveridge
& Diamond to Its "Midsize Hot List"
The National Law Journal has included Beveridge &
Diamond for the fifth time in six years on its "Midsize Hot List."
The list recognizes 20 law firms of between 50 and 150 lawyers that
demonstrate creative strategies that keep them competitive against
much larger law firms.
Beveridge & Diamond Secures Unanimous Ruling in
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Shielding Biosolids Land Application
from Tort Claims
Litigators in the firm's Washington, DC office secured a unanimous
ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in favor of Beveridge
& Diamond client Synagro and persuaded the Court to hold that
land application of biosolids is an agricultural activity shielded
from untimely litigation by Pennsylvania's Right to Farm Act.
Beveridge & Diamond Secures Major Clean Water Act
Ruling in 7th Circuit
Beveridge & Diamond secured a unanimous published opinion from
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejecting a
citizen suit challenge under the Clean Water Act. Beveridge &
Diamond represented the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of
Greater Chicago in a case brought by several environmental groups
challenging the consent decree that the District had negotiated
with the U.S. that provides for multibillion dollar investments to
improve wastewater collection and treatment in the Chicago area.
The opinion establishes important precedent limiting the ability of
private litigants to challenge settlements reached with federal and
state enforcement authorities on complex environmental issues.