Industry trade associations and their individual members rely on Jeff Leppo to ensure they understand, navigate and successfully litigate complex and changing environmental and natural resources regulatory regimes. Jeff provides counseling, permitting and litigation legal services at the intersection between law and science for environmental, wildlife, climate change, natural resources and Arctic issues, particularly for the oil and gas industry, commercial fisheries, pipeline system operators, energy producers and public ports, and their respective trade associations. Jeff works with clients to permit complex projects, to advocate for and against important statutory and regulatory changes, and to either sustain favorable results or clear obstacles through federal district court and appellate litigation.
Jeff counsels clients through National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project siting process and federal permitting for major facilities located throughout the West, and counsels industry associations, public and private companies, and developers regarding rapidly developing climate change regulation, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) issues, particularly in regard to listing petition and critical habitat proceedings, section 7 consultations, incidental take authorizations and conservation planning.
Jeff’s litigation experience encompasses NEPA, climate change, the full range of ESA issues, MMPA requirements and compliance, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act permitting, Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) and other domestic and international fisheries requirements and compliance, Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) compliance, Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act requirements, and challenges to federal decisions under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Jeff is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
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