Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Paul M. Seby Named to the National Law Journal’s Second Annual List of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers

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National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Greenberg Traurig, LLP shareholder Paul M. Seby to its second annual list of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers.

National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Greenberg Traurig, LLP shareholder Paul M. Seby to its second annual list of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers. NLJ selected Seby, a shareholder in the firm’s Environmental Practice in the Denver office, from a competitive pool of hundreds of nominations due to his groundbreaking work and significant acheivements in energy and environmental law.

Seby serves as Special Attorney General for the State of North Dakota and played a leading role in obtaining federal court injunctions preventing the implementation of three major and nationally applicable federal agency rule makings. Specifically, Seby sought and obtained this extraordinary relief on behalf of the state of North Dakota against:

1. The Department of the Interior/Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing regulations which set onerous and duplicative federal requirements over energy development involving federal lands and minerals but which intruded on state and private interests;*

2. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “Waters of the U.S.” regulation which greatly expanded the definition of lands and waters subject to federal jurisdiction under the Federal Clean Water Act at the expense of state land use authority and control;** and

3. EPA’s Clean Power Plan regulation, which seeks to displace and transform how states generate, deliver, and use electricity by mandatory federal greenhouse gas emissions reductions.***

In each case, federal courts (including the United States Supreme Court) found Seby's advocacy demonstrated irreparable harm to warrant preservation of the status quo and a substantial likelihood of success in demonstrating the agencies acted outside their legal authority.

*State of Wyoming, et al. v. DOI, et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-00043 (consolidated with 2:15-cv-00041), United States District Court, District of Wyoming; State of Wyoming, et al. v. DOI, et al., Case No. 15-8126, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; State of Wyoming, et al. v. Jewell, et al., Case No. 15-8134, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

**State of North Dakota, et al. v. EPA, et al., Case No. 3:15-cv-00059-RRE-ARS, United States District Court for the District of North Dakota; State of North Dakota, et al. v. EPA, et al., Case No. 15-3831 (and related cases), United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

***State of West Virginia, et al. v. EPA, et al., Case No. 15-1363 (and consolidated cases), United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; State of North Dakota, et al. v. EPA, et al., Case No. 15-1381 (and consolidated cases), United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

About Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice assists clients with issues under the environmental and natural resource laws that affect their businesses. Our attorneys assist with securing permits and approvals, negotiate and close transactions, defend clients in enforcement actions, handle a broad range of environmental and toxic tort litigation, ensure the understanding and satisfaction of regulatory requirements, prepare for and respond to emergencies, craft approaches for legacy cleanup issues, and develop solutions for product regulation, market access, and environmental policy challenges.

About Greenberg Government Litigation Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Government Litigation Practice has a wide range of experience litigating against federal and state agencies nationwide. This broad experience with government litigation matters includes regular appearances in trial and appellate courts, and before federal, state and local administrative agencies. Our government litigators also work closely with attorneys from other relevant practices, including Environmental, Real Estate, Public Utilities, Financial Institutions, and Health & FDA Business, as well as those with experience in other heavily regulated fields.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No 1. on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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