Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has particular depth in the environmental field and we offer a leading environmental practice committed to balancing social, environmental and economic concerns. For more than 30 years, our lawyers have represented clients facing a broad range of environmental issues and challenges, including environmental compliance counseling, litigation, liability management, strategic planning and stewardship. The technical skills of our environmental lawyers combine with a multidisciplinary approach to offer clients an exceptional, comprehensive service. Our practice methods are deliberately solution-orientated and geared towards treating environmental law practice as a means to client’s ends rather than as an end in itself. 

The more than 24 lawyers who practice environmental law at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner have the experience and reach to assist clients in the wide variety of matters they face in the field, in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. The hallmarks of our practice are deep technical expertise in environmental and occupational health and safety law, a record of success in the litigation and trial of significant environmental and related insurance-coverage lawsuits (including group/class actions and mass torts), and advising on major projects of international, national and regional importance that raise complex environmental issues. We help our clients to navigate through the intricacies of environmental law and policy, including nature conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental regulatory issues, dispute resolution and the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions. Delivering solutions to environmental problems that confront owners of contaminated land, and developers of regeneration projects on brownfield land, also remains a core part of our business. 

Our lawyers are well aware that it is often essential for corporate and other institutional clients to maintain a working relationship and reputation for integrity, cooperation and environmental excellence with regulators and other public stakeholders. Our lawyers have many years of experience working with agencies and other stakeholders to represent clients effectively and with appropriate sensitivity to their reputational interests.  

Lawyers in the Environmental Practice Group represent the firm’s clients over the full spectrum of environmental and occupational safety and health matters. Please visit our associated environment pages to view more specific areas of our experience.

Key Facts & Figures

  • For more than 30 years, our lawyers have represented clients facing a broad range of environmental issues and challenges. 
  • The more than 24 lawyers who practice environmental law at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner have the experience and reach to assist clients in the wide variety of matters they face in the field, in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. 

Awards

  • BCLP was ranked as National Tier 1 in Environmental by "Best Law Firms" (2018 Edition) 
  • BCLP was Ranked by Chambers UK 2019 in Tier 3 
  • BCLP was Ranked by Legal 500 UK 2018 in Tier 3
  • BCLP was ranked by Chambers USA 2018 in the following categories: 
    • Colorado – Natural Resources & Environment (Band 2) 
    • Illinois – Environment (Band 2) 
    • New York – Environment (Band 1) 
    • St. Louis & Surrounds – Environment (Band 2) 

What They Are Saying

  • Strong reputation for its advice on environmental issues associated with real estate transactions and development, including contaminated land, water pollution and waste matters. Attracts particular attention for work on the environmental aspects of key London infrastructure projects. Also impresses with its handling of contentious cases, such as nuisance claims, and its ability to advise on the environmental aspects of large corporate transactions.” Chambers 2019 
  • "They are always free to discuss matters or will make themselves available," says one interviewee, going on to note: "They are commercially savvy and have good expertise in the environmental field."  Chambers 2019 
  • Aidan Thomson  plays a leading role in the firm's diverse environment matters. Clients say that he is really unflappable in dealing with contentious issues; he is calm, measured in his approach and very dedicated.’ Another interviewee adds: ‘He is accessible and knows his area of law very well.’  Chambers 2019 
  • Aidan Thomson is also noted as being ‘extremely knowledgeable in the field of environmental impairment liability insurance and connected matters’, - Legal 500 2017