Environment & Natural Resources

Why should you hire Kastorf Law?

Let’s cut to the chase. Before learning about Kastorf Law’s significant expertise on environmental and natural resources matters, you probably want to know if you’re even in the right place. You should call Kastorf Law if you are in one of the following situations:

  • An agency is proposing a regulation that will harm your company, and you need to know whether and how to oppose the rule, if you need to sue over its implementation, and how to protect yourself against an enforcement action.
  • You have an attorney who helps with your environmental compliance work, but you’re concerned that a particular issue will result in a lawsuit, and you need an environmental litigator.
  • You’ve noticed that the large environmental law practices in Atlanta tout their brownfield and tri-state water wars knowledge, but do not mention experience with many of the more than 100 Federal environmental statutes on the books. Your issue concerns one of those.
  • The United States Department of Justice has become involved in your matter.
  • You want to initiate environmental litigation, and need an experienced trial attorney that can work on contingency and other alternative fee arrangements.
  • Your matter involves jurisdictional issues, such as standing, ripeness, pre-emption, or abstention, or otherwise raise difficult questions of first impression.
  • Your case is now on appeal.

What does Kastorf Law know about environmental and natural resources law?

Quite a bit. Kurt Kastorf previously served as a trial and appellate attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. Kurt has litigated cases involving nearly 100 environmental statutes, and has worked with a diverse array of Federal agencies, including the U.S. EPA, the Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation, FERC, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Few attorneys in the Southeast can match the breadth of Kurt’s environmental and natural resources experience, particularly on issues arising under Federal law. And even fewer of those attorneys (if any) are also experienced trial lawyers.

What are some examples of the firm’s prior experience?

Some of Kurt’s notable successes include:

  • Helping to secure court approval for the first commercial wind farm on Federal land.
  • Obtaining a reversal on an abuse of discretion standard in a Clean Air Act enforcement matter worth several billion dollars.
  • Settling on appeal a Clean Water Act enforcement matter worth $1.4 billion dollars.
  • Successfully defending on an emergency basis Federal approval of timber salvage operations following extensive wildfires.