Wildlife

Baker Botts has extensive experience with and comprehensive knowledge of wildlife programs that impact project development and operations.

Our lawyers have represented a wide-range of clients in obtaining permits, navigating compliance, counseling on rulemaking and related policy issues, and defending citizen suits and enforcement actions related to a variety of wildlife statutes, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

We understand the numerous interests at play in project development and operations and routinely help clients build relationships with interested citizen groups and navigate multi-agency requirements. Our proactive and collaborative approach allows us to obtain permitting and compliance outcomes that maximize flexibility and cost-savings for our clients. We believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Our clients also rely on Baker Botts to represent them in litigation related to various wildlife programs. Baker Botts lawyers defend our clients in citizen and government enforcement actions and permit disputes. We have also represented our clients in challenging proposed governmental actions under the ESA and other wildlife statutes that would restrict their operations. We have extensive experience litigating at all levels from administrative actions before state agencies to federal appellate courts.

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