2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Too much work, and it keeps coming.”
“Compensation could be higher.”
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.
News & Awards
B&D‘s nationwide environmental practice earned a Band 1 ranking in the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners - USA. Chambers also named B&D a leading environmental law practice in California, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. The firm is noted for its "multidisciplinary expertise across [environmental law]," with "particular capability in the pesticides and biotechnology space" and an "impressive client roster drawn from the pharmaceutical, chemical, and retail industries, among others."
AmLaw Litigation Daily selected Principals Megan Brillault, Mike Murphy, and Jimmy Slaughter as Runners-Up for "Litigator of the Week" on March 22 for securing five defense decisions on behalf of firm client Waste Connections. On March 14, the B&D team won dismissal of a putative nuisance class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (EDPA) and defeated remand motions in four putative nuisance class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (EDLA). The lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Louisiana alleged that odors from the defendant landfills constituted a nuisance and negligence and sought damages for large putative classes.
Following a September 2018 trial before a Los Angeles County Hearing Officer, Beveridge & Diamond litigators secured a decision vacating a $5.1 million Enforcement Order for fees and penalties against firm client Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Los Angeles County, California. The Hearing Officer issued her decision on February 20, 2019, rescinding the 2017 Enforcement Order issued by the LA County Department of Public Works (DPW).
Large enforcement orders are rarely completely vacated, and this decision "has national importance in terms of the vindication of landfill use of beneficial reuse materials, which all landfills utilize," said lead counsel Jimmy Slaughter. "Chiquita Canyon used a significant amount of beneficial reuse material, providing an important service to businesses, homeowners and municipalities that must manage these wastes."
U.S. News and Best Lawyers® have named B&D "Environmental Firm of the Year" for 2019, the second year in a row. U.S. News states that the "Law Firm of the Year" designation is based on a law firm’s overall performance in a given practice area and on its showing in U.S. News’ research for the 2019 Edition of "Best Law Firms."
Why Work Here
Named #1 Best Law Firm to work for in Environmental Law by Vault for 3 years in a row, 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.
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 789-6000
Chairman: Benjamin F. Wilson
Managing Partner: Kathryn E. Szmuszkovicz
Hiring Partners: Jayni Lanham & Peter Schaumberg
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150
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