John M. Lain Counsel

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.


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.

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

Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Virginia: Environment, Chambers USA, 2008-2021

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Environmental Law, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, 2021

Name to "Legal Elite," Environmental Law, Virginia Business, 2015, 2017, 2020

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Water Law, 2008-2016, 2019-2021, Environmental Law, 2020-2021, Litigation - Environmental, 2021, Woodward/White, Inc.

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

  • Virginia
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