Holland & Hart’s Washington, D.C. office provides a full range of services for the firm’s Mountain West and national clients, with a focus on federal legislative initiatives and regulatory matters arising in the environment, energy, natural resources, and agriculture arenas.
Holland & Hart’s Washington D.C. lawyers and lobbyists include former staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, a former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a former senior official of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a former Interior Solicitor, and senior officials and litigators from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division.
Our D.C. office professionals maintain strong relationships with the congressional delegations from the Rocky Mountain West, as well as with key staff to the U.S. House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over legislative and policy issues critical to the natural resource, environmental regulatory, energy, and agriculture sectors.
A key strength of the office is its broad and sophisticated regulatory and associated litigation practices. We provide strategic advice and counsel on compliance with federal laws, as well as rulemaking, regulatory approvals, financing programs, and due diligence acquisitions of regulated industries at federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The matters in which D.C. office practitioners are engaged mirror the issues of concern to our broad client base and include EPA’s rulemakings under the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, as well as USDA initiatives in the areas of plant and animal health, marketing programs, and business and industry loan note guarantees. We also represent clients before federal district and appellate courts in challenges to agency rulemakings and in enforcement actions under these programs.
In addition to our regulatory practice, the D.C. office regularly counsels our energy infrastructure clients as they navigate the environmental review and permitting process before DOI, FERC, and DOE, with particular experience in the areas of the National Environmental Policy Act, cultural resources, and protected species law and regulation. Our office continues to expand its services to clients engaging in commercial transactions with federal and state governments, from bid protests to public contract compliance to disputes in federal court litigation.