Environmental Litigation & Regulation

Brattle offers clients a comprehensive, cutting-edge approach to the analysis of environmental and natural resource litigation and regulation.

Our environmental litigation and regulation team’s preeminence in environmental economics is complemented by the firm’s broader spectrum of knowledge in energy, finance, and regulatory consulting. Brattle’s acclaimed experts and wide-ranging knowledge allows us to skillfully and efficiently serve a full range of client needs.

Over the last decade, Brattle has assisted with some of the largest and most complex environmental litigation cases in the United States. We have worked with companies, law firms, and government entities throughout the United States on issues ranging from air quality to water management, and driven by all major environmental regulations including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and occupational issues under OSHA.

For Brattle’s firm clients, we help manage liabilities, assess regulatory impacts, and develop business plans to take advantage of the changing regulatory environment. For our regulatory clients, we provide expert testimony and reports on topics related to the costs and benefits of Superfund cleanup initiatives, mining permits, and air quality regulations.

We also pride ourselves on approaching each situation creatively and with the correct tools. One of our strengths is in utilizing GIS software to compute geostatistics, develop cartographic and topologic models, and integrate spatial analyses with traditional consulting techniques.

Areas of Expertise

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Dr. Berkman is an expert in applied microeconomics in the areas of the environment, energy, and natural resources; environmental health and safety; discrimination; and intellectual property. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Levy specializes in microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics. He has supported expert work calculating damages in numerous litigation cases with an emphasis on statistical and econometric issues. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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President & Principal
Mr. Maniatis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brattle Group and leads the firm's International Arbitration practice. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Professor McFadden is the Presidential Professor of Health Economics at the University of Southern California, where he has joint appointments at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics at USC Dornsife College. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Professor Sunding advises on matters relating to environmental and natural resource economics, utility regulation and ratemaking, damages, and valuation. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Principal Emeritus
Principal Emeritus
Mr. Ammann has over 25 years of experience in the development and engineering analysis of environmental, chemical, and metallurgical technologies. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Principal Emeritus
Dr. Wise specializes in the application of economics and statistical techniques to analyze damages in connection with business and environmental litigation. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
Academic Advisors
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Dr. Auffhammer is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Director of the International Area Studies Academic Programs at the University of California, Berkeley. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Hamilton, a Professor and Chair of Economics in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University, is an expert in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, antitrust regulation, and public economics. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Huber is Professor of Marketing at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Kahn is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. His research focuses on environmental, urban, and energy economics. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
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Dr. Metcalf is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University and a Research Associate at both the National Bureau of Economic Research and MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. More icon f02782c24cccaf6d90e1da53920c42f20e5a8955f54ac2ca5727ec7dc89987b4
May 4, 2016
Earl L. Hagström, Christopher Lyles, Mala Pattanayek, Bridgette DeShields, and Mark P. Berkman
Published in the Volume 28, Issue 2, of the Environmental Claims Journal
Comments on the New York DPS "Clean Energy Standard White Paper – Cost Study"
April 21, 2016
Prepared for the New York State IBEW Utility Labor Council, Rochester Building & Construction Trades Council, and Central and Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council
January 2016
Published in Water Policy
The Legal and Economic Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing Bans
December 15, 2015
Mark P. Berkman and Earl Hagström
Published in Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues
Comments on the Straw Proposal on behalf of the California Water Association
October 13, 2015
Presented at the CPUC Workshop Balanced Rates Rulemaking (R.) 11-11-008, San Francisco, CA
Surviving The Storm
March 2015
Mark P. Berkman and Stephen Lagos
Prepared for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Valuing Urban Water Shortages
Published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Infrastructure Needs, Water Regulation, Financing Options and Areas of Improvements: Issues as Basis for Discussion
December 5, 2014
Presented to the First Workshop on Water Regulation in Europe, Rome, Italy
Infrastructure Needs, Water Regulation, Financing Options and Areas of Improvements
December 2, 2014
Francesco Lo Passo and Cosimo Fischietti
Prepared for the First Workshop on Water Regulation in Europe, Rome, Italy
Measuring the Effects of Stormwater Mitigation on Beach Attendance
July 2014
Perla Atiyah, Linwood Pendleton, Ryan Vaughn, and Neil Lessem
Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 72, Issue 1
Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition of Waters of the United States
May 15, 2014
Prepared for The Waters Advocacy Coalition
Conserving Endangered Species through Regulation of Urban Development: The Case of California Vernal Pools
May 2014
David L. Sunding and Jonathan Terhorst
Published in Land Economics
Potential Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows Following a Potential Listing of Endangered Texas Freshwater Mussels
April 7, 2014
David L. Sunding, Brad Wolaver, Cassandra Cook , Stephen F. Hamilton, Bridget Scanlon , Michael Young , Xianli Xu, and Robert Reedy
Published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association
The Impact of Water Price Uncertainty on the Adoption of Precision Irrigation Systems
April 1, 2014
David L. Sunding and Karina Schoengold
Published in Agricultural Economics
Environmental Policy with Collective Waste Disposal
September 2013
David L. Sunding, Stephen F. Hamilton, Thomas Sproul, and David Zilberman
Published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Measuring the Impact of the Toxics Release Inventory: Evidence from Manufacturing Plant Births
March 1, 2013
Published by U.S. Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies
Fish Consumption in Portland Harbor
October 23, 2012
David L. Sunding and Steven Buck
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
The Adverse Impact of Particulate Matter on Property Values
August 2012
Mark P. Berkman, Kyle Hubbard, and Timothy Savage
Published in International Real Estate Review
Economic Benefits of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
June 20, 2012
David L. Sunding, Armando Levy, and Steven Buck
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Reply to Comment on Effect of Coal-fired Power Generation on Visibility at a Nearby National Park (Terhorst and Berkman, 2010)
April 21, 2012
Published in Atmospheric Environment
An Optimal Policy for Recycling of Used Lubricating Oil
March 5, 2012
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Economic Impact on City of Portland of Allocation of Remediation Costs of Portland Harbor Superfund Site
March 2012
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Economic Analysis of SB568’s Proposed Polystyrene Ban
June 24, 2011
Prepared for Dart Industries, Inc.
Incentive Effects of EPA’s Ex Post Veto of a Clean Water Act Discharge Permit Issued to Arch Coal
May 10, 2011
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.