Natural Resources

Natural Resources

Effective, Experienced Natural Resources Counsel With a Nationwide Practice and Deep-Rooted Knowledge

Virtually every project, initiative or transaction involving real property has a natural resources component. Whether constructing new energy infrastructure, developing residential or commercial real estate, or acquiring existing manufacturing facilities, companies must understand the complex regulatory framework that will govern the interaction between their own mission-critical activities and the surrounding natural resources.

The experienced attorneys of Hunton & Williams’ natural resources practice advise clients at every phase of a project, from site selection and environmental due diligence; through preparation of environmental analyses and negotiation of permits, approvals and mitigation agreements; to compliance with federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Throughout these processes, we help clients navigate efficiently through the regulatory landscape and achieve their ultimate business objectives, timely and defensibly. We make sure that any regulatory action is built on a strong administrative record that can withstand scrutiny should litigation arise. In addition, our litigators regularly bring court challenges on behalf of our clients against questionable or unclear administrative guidance, policies or rules issued by regulators, and defend our clients’ interests in natural resource litigation or enforcement actions. We understand that our clients' projects are part of larger business initiatives that often involve fixed timeframes and far-reaching commitments, and work cooperatively with legal co-counsel, compliance managers and technical consultants to help ensure that key milestones are met on schedule and as required.

In Washington, D.C. and across the country, we work on cutting-edge executive and legislative natural resource rulemaking and policy. We know the individuals who lead the various agencies and their field staff—and they know us. Our experienced attorneys regularly represent industry groups and individual businesses in helping draft legislative and regulatory language that balances the competing demands upon the nation’s valuable natural resources. Members of the practice are strategically located in offices across the United States, offering clients an unparalleled combination of local knowledge and national perspective.

The firm has extensive knowledge of and has worked on virtually every major piece of natural resources and environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act, the Rivers & Harbors Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, CERCLA, and the Clean Air Act, among others. We regularly advise privately held businesses, academic and public institutions, and publicly traded corporations, as well as coalitions of trade associations and corporate entities, on the application of these laws. We represent participants in virtually every sector of the American economy, including energy, land development, agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, retail, chemicals, mining and technology.

Natural resources issues can arise in virtually any business context. We work closely with attorneys from the firm's real estate, corporate and other core practices to ensure that issues relating to natural resources development and production, including real estate purchases, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other key transactions, are addressed with the client's overall business objectives in mind.

With deep roots in the natural resources arena and a national team of experienced lawyers, Hunton & Williams is the firm of choice.