The ESG team represents applicants in all aspects of the environmental permitting process. Our lawyers are involved beginning with the initial project planning stages, from scoping regulatory and permitting requirements across all media and disciplines to pre-application counseling and application development. As projects proceed, we assist clients in negotiating with permitting agencies, working with consultants and stakeholders during the administrative review process, and negotiating reasonable settlements with project opponents to help our clients reach milestones and avoid negative publicity. Throughout this process, we focus on strengthening permit applications and bolstering the administrative record to help safeguard project permits against potential challenges. Our lawyers regularly defend permits in contested case proceedings and administrative and judicial appeals. Where appropriate, we assist clients in proactively engaging organizations and communities seeking to slow or derail the permit process.