Joel Gross is a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s Washington, DC, office, which he joined in August 2000 after having served as Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). He is a member of the firm’s environmental practice group. Mr. Gross represents and advises clients in litigation and non-litigation matters under federal and state environmental laws, with a special emphasis on compliance and enforcement issues. He advises clients on compliance strategies that can minimize the risk of enforcement actions, and has represented a wide range of clients in connection with ongoing civil and or criminal enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He also represents clients dealing with, and seeking innovative approaches to resolve, remediation and natural resource damages liabilities arising from contaminated sites. Mr. Gross has a special interest in the interaction of the environmental laws and the bankruptcy laws and has represented both debtors and creditors in connection with environmental disputes in bankruptcy proceedings around the country.
Before joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Gross worked for 17 years in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the DOJ, where he was heavily involved in some of the most significant environmental litigation of the 1980s and 1990s. For the last five years of his tenure, Mr. Gross was Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, the largest litigation section in the DOJ, with 160 attorneys. In that capacity, Mr. Gross was intimately involved in setting and implementing the federal government’s environmental enforcement policies and priorities. Mr. Gross’s responsibilities included the entire range of federal environmental enforcement litigation, including cases under Superfund, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2013 for Environment (DC)
Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Advice
American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell: 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, & Natural Resources
The Best Lawyers in America 2010-2014 for Environmental Law
PLC Which lawyer? 2011-2012 Recommended for Environmental Law
The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers 2009; 2011-2012
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2011 for Environmental and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers" 2011 for Environment
Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers" 2007 and 2009 for Environment