John M. Lain

Senior Counsel

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  • University of Colorado Law School, JD, Articles Editor, University of Colorado Law Review, 1991
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, 1986
  • Virginia

John's environmental practice focuses primarily on project permitting (including the associated issues related to endangered species, NEPA and the National Historic Preservation Act) for infrastructure development, such as transmission lines, transportation projects, water supply projects, energy generation facilities and solid waste facilities. John also assists clients with brownfields redevelopment projects and assessing and managing environmental risks in transactions for buyers, sellers and lenders.

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John M Lain
T: +1 804 775 4381F: +1 804 698 2097Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Representation of utility consortium in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act related to reconstruction of a transmission line crossing three units managed by the National Park Service.

Serves as general counsel to the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Association providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory issues.

Representation of a major waste to energy company in the $150 million acquisition of a municipal waste to energy incinerator.

Representation of wetlands mitigation banking developer in the creation of multiple mitigation banks totaling over 1,500 acres of credits.

Assisted Client in analyzing emission trading issues under Title V, CSAPR and the Clean Power Plan associated with the potential closure of a coal fired power plant.

Developed argument for a manufacturing client as to the inapplicability of the Clean Air Act provisions on aggregating certain sources as a single source due to proximity and other factors.

Assisted client in obtaining emission offsets required in order to permit a new source in a nonattainment area.

Assisted client in defending a state notice of violation for noncompliance with its Title V permit and in negotiating a consent order with the Virginia DEQ to resolve the NOV.

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Water Law, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2016, 2017

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Water Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2008-2016

Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Environment, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2008-2018

Name to "Legal Elite," Environmental Law, Virginia Business, 2015, 2017

Co-author, "Environment 2014: Water Issues," EPA Administrative Law Reporter, March 2014
Author, "Regulatory Takings," Association of Corporate Counsel, October 2013
Co-author, "EPA Will Face A Flood Of Water Issues In 2013," Law360, February 26, 2013
Speaker, "State and Federal Permitting: Permits Needed; Obtaining Permits and Interstate Projects," Electric Transmission in the East, McGuireWoods, CLE International and Natural Resources Group, September 24, 2015
Speaker, Water and Wetlands Update – Winter 2013, McGuireWoods LLP and Williamsburg Environmental Group, December 3, 2013
Presenter, Wetlands and Water Legal Update, September 23, 2011
Speaker, Environmental Due Diligence and Liability Limiting Strategies for Real Estate Assessment, Sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, May 15, 2011
Panelist, "Future of Coal," Vision 2020: A View of Our Energy Future, April 1, 2010
2016 Water Outlook, January 27, 2016
Environment 2014: Water Issues, February 24, 2014
Environment 2012: Water Issues, January 19, 2012