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Partners E. Lynn Grayson and Gabrielle Sigel recently spoke on “What Environmental Lawyers Need to Know about Climate Change and Water Scarcity and the Legal Issues that Will Arise in 2011 and Beyond” to a national audience at an ExecSense webinar. Ms. Sigel provided an analysis of the United States climate change policy, regulation, and pending legislation. Ms. Grayson provided a comprehensive overview of the challenges and legal issues that businesses will face if the water resources in the United States and throughout the world continue to decline. Ms. Grayson and Ms. Sigel also discussed best practices that organizations should be implementing now to address and manage water risks including assessing the overall viability of existing water supplies and the quality of water available, and evaluating emergency response capabilities or alternative means of energy to ensure continued operations.
Ms. Sigel is Co-Chair of Jenner & Block’s Climate and Clean Technology Law Practice, a founding Partner of the Firm’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Practice, and a member of the Environmental Litigation Practice. Ms. Sigel regularly represents clients in complex environmental statutory, common law, Superfund enforcement, and cost recovery actions. Her work at the forefront of climate and clean technology law includes advising a multinational corporation on how to address climate change issues, including working to develop definitions, inventory, and programs for greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Ms. Grayson is a partner in the Firm’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law and Climate and Clean Technology Law Practices. She has an extensive environmental law background including both private practice and government service experience. Ms. Grayson’s national environmental practice and experience includes managing complex CERCLA and RCRA matters, advising clients on critical regulatory concerns, performing environmental due diligence for real estate and corporate transactions, defending against natural resource damage claims and conducting environmental audits at manufacturing operations. She is Co-Editor of the Firm’s Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog, which covers breaking environmental, health and safety issues of interest to the corporate counsel community.