At Diamond & Robinson, our Environmental and Land-Use Team is at the forefront of litigation and regulatory matters pertaining to zoning, Act 250, land use, air and water pollution, climate change, remediation, and clean-up matters.
Representing applicants, municipalities, and citizens, we draw on decades of experience at national, state, and local levels to provide sound solutions to environmental and land-use matters, often working closely with expert consultants to efficiently and effectively achieve our clients’ goals.
Our lead environmental attorney, Ronald Shems, has made historical national gains in environmental regulation. He led the successful effort to require federally licensed hydro-electric facilities to comply with the Clean Water Act, and litigated the first case to hold that climate change impacts provide Article III standing. He has extensive experience with complex federal and state permitting proceedings, appeals, enforcement proceedings, citizen suits, and private actions. In addition to serving as a founding partner in a Burlington law firm (2001-2011), he was Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board (2011-2015) and Vermont Assistant Attorney General (1985-2001).
The Environmental and Land-Use Team at Diamond & Robinson provides legal representation in the following areas:
- Act 250 and Land Use
- Zoning and Planning
- Water Quality
- Aquatic and terrestrial habitat and wildlife law
- Endangered Species
- Contaminated Sites
- Hazardous Waste
- Solid Waste
- Air Pollution