2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Quality of life”
“For those that want to practice environmental law there is no better place to work”
“Being a small to mid-size firm has its challenges”
“Inconsistent work opportunities”
About Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
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 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.F
In 1974 a group of lawyers that included Bill Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of the EPA, Henry Diamond (1932-2016), the first Commissioner of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and name partner Albert J. Beveridge III formed a firm to address the needs of companies and municipalities relating to emerging environmental law. 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 California, Massachusetts, New York, DC and Texas. Best Lawyers named 18 Beveridge & Diamond attorneys to its 2018 Best Lawyers in America list, and Super Lawyers named a total of 42 Beveridge & Diamond lawyers to its Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists in DC, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, California, and Maryland for Environmental, Environmental Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Energy, Natural Resources, White Collar, and Environmental Litigation.
From Wetlands to Waste
The firm is well-practiced in the intricacies of environmental law, handling matters as diverse as biotechnology, wetlands, products regulation, environmental auditing, endangered species, toxic chemicals, Superfund, pesticides regulation, food safety, hazardous and solid waste, Clean Air, Act Clean Water Act and risk assessment. State—or national—boundaries don't stop Beveridge & Diamond, which is home to an active international environmental practice that practices in Asia, Europe, South America, and beyond. Beveridge & Diamond does whatever it takes, including settlements, dispositions, trials and appeals for its clients.
IN THE NEWS
On June 19, 2018, a federal appeals court ruled that the Interior Department doesn't have to consider the effects its federal coal leasing program is having on climate change. Beveridge & Diamond Principals Peter Schaumberg and Jamie Auslander represented the National Mining Association as amicus curiae. Environmental advocates argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires agencies to do new analyses of the effects that mining and burning coal can have on climate change whenever new information becomes available. The court ruled, however, that the NEPA obligation ended when the federal coal management program was adopted in 1979, meaning the Interior Department's coal leasing program can stay open.
Beveridge & Diamond announced the launch of a West Coast Environmental Resource Center, which consists of news alerts, presentations, and external state-specific links to help companies stay educated and plan for environmental developments in the Western United States. The Western United States drives environmental, health, and safety (EHS) law and policy, with state legislatures and regulatory agencies often setting rigorous new standards that are then adopted by other states across the nation. The lawyers in Beveridge & Diamond's Seattle and San Francisco offices track these emerging trends closely and have deep understanding of the EHS requirements that apply to clients' facilities, operations, worker safety, and products in the region.
Beveridge & Diamond successfully defeated an emergency challenge to a permit issued last month by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (the “Department”) to its client Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company, LLC (“Consol”). On April 24, 2018, the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (the “Board”) denied a Petition for Supersedeas that sought to invalidate a permit authorizing Consol to conduct longwall mining operations beneath a stream in Ryerson Station State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania. In holding that the Appellants failed to meet their burden to prevent Consol from mining pursuant to the terms of its permit, the Board observed that “Consol has demonstrated that it has clearly committed substantial resources to develop effective preventive and mitigation techniques to ensure that the environment is protected.” This was an important ruling for Consol because the company faced the prospect of significant adverse financial impacts had the Appellants prevailed.
Beveridge & Diamond's recent win in the pesticide preemption case Complete Lawn Care v. Montgomery County, was featured in Law360 as an important environmental ruling of 2017 in an article titled "4 Environmental Rulings That Flew Under The Radar In 2017." In August, the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland invalidated a County ordinance banning pesticide use on private lawns as preempted by State law. Beveridge & Diamond Principal Tony Michaels argued the case for a group of successful Plaintiffs: seven local residents, six small businesses, and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders engaged with specialty pesticides and fertilizers used by consumers and professionals. With Tony on the briefing at Beveridge & Diamond were Kathy Szmuszkovicz, Gus Bauman, Jimmy Slaughter, and Kaitlyn Shannon.
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 789-6000
Chairman: Benjamin F. Wilson
Managing Principal: K. Russell LaMotte
Hiring Partners: Jayni Lanham & Peter Schaumberg
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
100 - 150
1st year: $123,250
Summer associate: $2,500/week
Summer Associate Offers:
2 out of 2 (2018) (2Ls)
No. of Summer Associates:
3 total (2 2Ls; 1 1L) (2018)
Washington, DC (HQ)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Natural Resources and Project Development