Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Beveridge & Diamond`s 100 lawyers in 7 U.S. offices help clients around the world resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. We focus on delivering outstanding client service and value through strategic advice, regulatory compliance counseling, transaction and land use support, or representation in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our team includes former senior officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (including two former General Counsel), U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state resource and environmental agencies.
Beveridge & Diamond's 100 lawyers in 7 U.S. offices help clients around the world resolve critical environmental, natural resource, project development, and sustainability issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. We focus on delivering outstanding client service and value through strategic advice, regulatory compliance counseling, transaction and land use support, or representation in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Our team includes former senior officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (including two former General Counsel), U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal and state resource and environmental agencies.
In addition, the firm and its professionals regularly garner accolades for pro bono and diversity accomplishments - areas in which we strive to demonstrate leadership and work closely with our clients and communities. In 2013, the firm received a Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for its leadership and accomplishments in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
Clients worldwide and from numerous industry sectors rely on us for advice in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and land use regulation and transactions. We counsel clients on managing the full product life cycle – from raw material sourcing to production and distribution to reuse, recycling, and disposal. We also counsel on land and facility issues, and assist when matters require litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In every case or matter, we focus on efficiently and effectively securing the outcome that best serves the interests of our client.
Broad Issue Coverage for Products and Facilities
Key areas in which we advise and litigate for clients include:
- Chemical regulation and risk assessment
- Pesticides & agricultural biotechnology
- Air regulation & permitting, including greenhouse gas emissions
- Energy and industrial development
- Land use and project development
- Water quality regulation
- Consumer product material restrictions, marketing and labeling
- Wetlands and endangered species
- Conflict minerals, timber, and supply chain management
- Occupational health & safety requirements
- Electronic waste
- International environmental regulation and governance
- Environmental stewardship and sustainability
- Environmental cleanups, waste management and citizen suits
Strength & Strategy for Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
In the litigation and alternative dispute resolution area, we couple our regulatory expertise with a deep bench of trial lawyers, including many veterans of the Department of Justice and federal judicial clerkships, to defend and prosecute actions including product protection and toxic tort, project development, defense of civil and criminal enforcement actions, citizen suits, challenges to agency action, contaminated property cases, and general commercial and insurance litigation. Our white collar team includes three former federal environmental crimes prosecutors and a former criminal investigator. We have decades of favorable results for our clients, through dispositive motions, trial, appeal, and settlement.
Firm Origins, Service Philosophy, and Recognition
The firm’s origins in 1974 and its decades of evolution parallel U.S. environmental and natural resource regulation. Founded by the first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the firm’s attorneys include two former EPA General Counsel, an Assistant EPA Administrator for Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, the first Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and many other lawyers with decades of federal legal experience on environmental and resource issues. We and our clients have succeeded because of our focus, discipline, and perspective. We know where environmental regulation and enforcement has been and is going, and we help our clients prepare for the future.
The firm has twice been named to the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List.” U.S. News-Best Lawyers rates Beveridge & Diamond as a Tier 1 nationwide firm for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Chambers USA Guide to the Legal Profession lists the firm among national leaders in Environmental practices.
We view diversity and inclusion as business imperatives, and we welcome and embrace the differences in our attorneys and employees. A dedicated Diversity Principal (partner) guides our efforts, working with a Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Firm’s Management Committee, and Managing Principal.
The Firm has adopted the following mission statement for our diversity and inclusion efforts:
Beveridge & Diamond supports the success and professional advancement of all people in the Firm. We focus on attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent, and we strive to create equal opportunities for individuals to live up to their potential and feel included as valued members of the Firm. We are committed to our continued leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and are dedicated to working with our clients and communities to do so.
Recent highlights of our efforts and accomplishments include:
- The Firm was honored in July 2013 with an MCCA Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity Accomplishments.
- The Firm was honored in February 2013 with an AT&T Legal Department Diversity Award for its efforts and accomplishments in this area.
- The Firm founded the Thurgood Marshall Opportunity Program with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, a program that provides internships to diverse first year law students.
- 25% of our Principals are women as compared with a national average of 18%.
- 50% of our Associates are women.
- 50% of our entry-level fall Associate class in 2014 were women.
- 66% of the lawyers who joined the Firm in 2014 are women or minorities.
- Every year since 2008, at least half of our Associates and Of Counsel promoted to Principal have been women or minority attorneys.
- 88% of respondents to an internal survey conducted in December 2012 agreed or strongly agreed that the Firm is a better place to work because of its diversity and inclusion efforts.
- In 2014, the Firm undertook a firm-wide diversity and inclusion assessment and followed up with training and conversations about the assessment in every office.
- The Firm participates in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) 1L scholar program and law school mentoring program. Two students from the 1L scholar program spent their summers with us in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
- The Firm hosts a Howard University Environmental & Energy Law career forum targeting diverse students in the Washington, DC area.
- The Firm participates in recruiting programs arranged by the National Black Law Students Association, the National Bar Association (NBA), the National LGBT Bar Association, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).
Organizations we support through membership and sponsorship include:
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Defense Research Institute Diversity for Success Conference
- Diversity in Environmental Law Series at Environmental Law Institute
- Women’s Bar Association Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women of Color
- National Association of Women Judges
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color
- Charting Your Own Course
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity
- National Bar Association
- Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI)
- Just the Beginning Foundation
- Bay Area Urban Debate League
As one of the nation’s leading environmental law firms, it is natural that Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. would take a leadership role in the field of sustainability for law office management. In its offices across the country, Beveridge & Diamond is translating its values into action, improving the Firm’s sustainability and reducing its environmental impacts. Key examples of our sustainability efforts and accomplishments include:
Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN). Beveridge & Diamond serves as one of a handful of law firms on the LFSN Leadership Council. LFSN was founded in 2011 to develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines, and recognize innovation regarding environmental sustainability in law firms. Firm Principal and Green Team Chair Daniel Krainin serves as co-President of LFSN. B&D helped create the LFSN’s American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS), a web-based tool designed to help law offices assess and improve their sustainability programs.
ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge. Beveridge & Diamond’s commitment to the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge is another example of the Firm’s leadership on environmental and sustainability issues. The Climate Challenge is an environmental sustainability program geared towards law offices, developed by the ABA and EPA. Beveridge & Diamond became the first law firm in the country to commit to all three components of the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge for all of its offices nationwide. Two Beveridge & Diamond attorneys oversaw the design and implementation of the Climate Challenge, and one of them, Daniel Eisenberg, continues to serve as the primary contact for all firms participating in the program.
The Firm’s participation in the Climate Challenge entails specific commitments to three separate programs:
- The Green Power Partnership (“GPP”), which promotes the use of renewable electricity (Beveridge & Diamond participates at the 'Leadership' level; see B&D's Partner Profile);
- Best Practices for Office Paper Management and EPA’s WasteWise program, which promote waste minimization, recycling and the use of recycled paper; and
- Energy Star, which promotes energy efficiency and conservation.
In addition to its commitments under the Climate Challenge, Beveridge & Diamond has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Firm’s sustainability practices and has put in place a formal sustainability policy. The Firm has established a Green Team, consisting of at least one representative from each of the Firm’s offices, to oversee the Firm’s sustainability efforts. The Green Team includes lawyers, managers and other staff members.
The Green Team’s efforts have produced numerous opportunities for us to improve our environmental sustainability policies, from major firm-wide initiatives to the everyday actions of individual attorneys and staff members. In addition to our participation in LFSN and the ABA-EPA Climate Challenge, below are some of the steps taken to date by Beveridge & Diamond to improve the Firm’s environmental sustainability, and the results we have achieved:
- The Firm has entered into an agreement to purchase 1,875 mWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually for wind-generated electricity, reflecting 100 percent of the firm’s nationwide energy usage.
- In all of its offices, the Firm is utilizing paper containing at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled content for all standard in-house printing and copying. Some offices are utilizing paper with 100 percent post-consumer recycled content.
- Firm personnel are regularly encouraged to properly separate recyclable products and make full use of available recycling, including not only paper but toner cartridges, cardboard, plastics, batteries and other materials where possible.
- The Firm has instituted a policy of double-sided copying and printing for drafts and internal documents with a goal of ensuring that at least half of all printing and copying in each office is double-sided.
- The Washington office is located in a building that is certified LEED Gold and has earned the Energy Star designation from EPA based on its strong energy efficiency performance.
- The Baltimore office is located in one of the first buildings in downtown Baltimore to receive LEED Gold certification.
- The New York office (the only one of Beveridge & Diamond's offices that is individually metered for electricity) has reduced its electric usage by nearly 10% since implementing changes recommended by the Green Team.
- The Baltimore office successfully initiated a recycling program that is available for all tenants of its 27-floor office building by enlisting the support of building management, and researching and locating an appropriate vendor. In August 2010, the office was registered with the Maryland Green Registry.
- The San Francisco office has achieved a 25% energy savings by replacing light fixtures and bulbs with more efficient alternatives.
- The Firm purchases computer equipment and appliances that are Energy Star compliant, meeting efficiency standards set by EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. All of the Firm’s old computer equipment is donated for reuse or recycling.
- The Firm’s computer monitors and hard drives are programmed to go into sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity, and printers do so after five minutes of inactivity.
- The Firm holds sustainability-themed contests, fund-raisers, clean-ups or other events to commemorate Earth Day each year.
- Beveridge & Diamond was a recipient of Bisnow's 2008 Green Leadership Award, recognizing the Firm for its efforts in promoting green consciousness and principles in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.