Climate Change

Climate change presents a major challenge for business. Predicted increases in the intensity of destructive weather events and hotter global temperatures may cause significant changes to ways of life and doing business.  The impact of a decarbonizing and more energy efficient global economy will be far-reaching, and a wide variety of industries are currently assessing climate change and  resiliency strategies, regulatory compliance challenges, and emerging market opportunities.

Key Contacts

Timothy L. McMahan Partner Portland, OR
Wesley A. Miliband Of Counsel Sacramento, CA
Krista K. McIntyre Partner Boise, ID
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At Stoel Rives we understand the complexity facing businesses developing climate change strategies, and we have the knowledge and experience to reconcile the variety of regulatory and market-driven forces. The influences of new regulatory policies, transactions and diverse stakeholders, plus the emerging venues for airing points of view, are many and varied. Our multi-disciplinary industry teams connect clients with lawyers who know their industry – including the energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, financial, insurance and retail sectors.

Our clients in these industries seek certainty and opportunity in a changing world. Our lawyers help clients prepare for risks and develop opportunities in an evolving economy, where new markets are emerging and traditional markets are adapting to the many ramifications of climate change. With Stoel Rives’ guidance, our clients are implementing proactive strategies to thrive amid climate-driven uncertainties, including new approaches to product development, construction, raw materials procurement, supply chain logistics, compliance and litigation:

  • Our environmental practice, one of the largest in the nation, is a leader in helping clients navigate the intersections of climate policy, rapidly evolving regulatory initiatives, and novel litigation initiated by environmental advocacy groups.
  • Our energy practice, nationally recognized for our work with both renewable and conventional energy producers, is a key participant with energy companies on large project development and business and tax strategies, as well as tactics that help mitigate the various impacts of climate change.
  • Our intellectual property and corporate practices are supporting clients in development, protection and monetization of adaptive actions, technologies and innovative transactions in response to climate change.

Our vibrant environmental and energy practices are anchored in the Western states and extend nationally to the Midwest and East.  The states are leading on policy, market, regulatory and innovation. This trend will continue, and we are uniquely positioned to counsel clients in the most dynamic areas of the law.  This work is setting national precedent, and Stoel Rives is on the leading edge.

Climate change has become an inescapable and critical business consideration and a source of opportunity as well as risk. As our clients know, Stoel Rives delivers rapid and comprehensive legal counsel, enhanced with specific industry expertise, which is especially important in this dynamic regulatory and economic time. At the tabs above, learn more about the work we do in this area, our clients and our team. Then contact one of our team members to discuss how we can help you design and implement your climate change strategy.


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