2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Prestigious and broad-reaching client base.”
“Interesting work, and work with excellent colleagues.”
“Pro bono commitment.”
“Hours—there is a lot of work right now.”
“Compensation is lower than larger law firms.”
About Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Borne of the EPA, Beveridge & Diamond has developed in symbiosis with significant environmental legislation throughout the last quarter of the 20th century and early 21st, giving its clients insider access to the complexities of environmental law, natural resource law, land use, and litigation. Government and corporate clients alike reap the benefits of Beveridge & Diamond's specialties in alternative dispute resolution, high-stakes environmental and commercial litigation, toxic torts, and white collar defense.
In 1974 a group of lawyers that included Bill Ruckelshaus—the first Administrator of the EPA—Henry Diamond (1932-2016)—the first Commissioner of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation—and name partner Albert J. Beveridge III formed a firm to address the needs of companies and municipalities relating to emerging environmental law. From those not-so-humble beginnings, the firm's rise in the area of environmental law has continued, making the firm one of the most sought-after midsize firms. Chambers ranks Beveridge & Diamond nationally and regionally in California, Massachusetts, New York, DC and Texas.
From Wetlands to Waste
Complex environmental litigation, regulatory, transactional, and legislative matters at the federal and state levels are de rigueur for Beveridge and Diamond. As the No. 1 firm in Vault’s Environmental Law Practice Area ranking, Beveridge Diamond is well known for its deep experience. The firm has also been recognized by the likes of Chambers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.
The firm is well practiced in the intricacies of environmental law, handling matters as diverse as biotechnology, wetlands, products regulation, environmental auditing, endangered species, toxic chemicals, Superfund, pesticides regulation, food safety, hazardous and solid waste, Clean Air, Act Clean Water Act and risk assessment. State—or national—boundaries don't stop Beveridge & Diamond, which is home to an active international environmental practice that practices in Asia, Europe, South America, and beyond. Beveridge & Diamond does whatever it takes, including settlements, dispositions, trials, and appeals for its clients.
Beveridge & Diamond’s focus on the environment extends beyond legal matters—the firm has made sustainability a key value. In fact, the firm has a formal sustainability policy and engages in various initiatives. The firm is part of the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy initiative, dedicating a certain amount of pro bono services toward environmental sustainability. It has contributed to the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard, a tool that guides law firms in their sustainability programs. And the firm uses paper made of post-consumer recycled content, as well as Energy Star-compliant computers. These are just a few ways the firm embraces sustainability.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Beveridge & Diamond is taking a measured and practical approach to attorney recruiting. The firm is conducting all interviews via Webex in lieu of in-person interviews at this time, and our 2020 class worked on a fully remote basis. While we hope that our 2021 summer program can take place in person in our offices, we remain flexible and focused on the health and safety of all of our employees and their loved ones.
News & Awards
In January 2021, AmLaw Litigation Daily named a B&D team Litigators of the Week in recognition of the team’s success on behalf of the City of Newark in a high-profile drinking water matter.
In December 2020, Law360 named B&D Environmental Practice Group of the Year, the third time the firm received this recognition.
In September 2020, B&D again received Mansfield-Plus Certification from the Diversity Lab, indicating that the firm considers women, LGBTQ+, minorities, and lawyers with disabilities for at least 30 percent of all significant leadership roles, lateral recruiting, and business development opportunities. The “Plus” status signifies that B&D exceeds the baseline certification requirements—achieving 30 percent representation in firm leadership roles.
In June 2020, B&D created its Anti-Racism and Allyship Resource Starter Kit and LGBTQ+ Pride Resource Guide.
Why Work Here
Named #1 Best Law Firm to work for in Environmental Law by Vault since 2017, we enjoy an exciting practice that is driven by providing superior service to our clients while preserving the informality, collegiality, and entrepreneurial spirit that are often suppressed in larger firms. Some firms say they are different, but we ARE different because we do not “manage by the numbers.” We seek to hire attorneys who share our commitment to hard work, who have unique ideas, and who want to control their own careers and maintain lifestyles of their own choosing.
1900 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 789-6000
Chairman: Benjamin F. Wilson
Managing Partner: Kathryn Szmuszkovicz
Hiring Partner: Jayni Lanham
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $131,500
Summer associate: $2,500/week
Attorney Recruitment Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 0
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC (HQ)
Natural Resources and Project Development
Internal Investigations/Crisis Management
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.