Eric Waeckerlin is a partner in the Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Energy, and Cleantech & Climate Law Groups of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Mr. Waeckerlin counsels clients throughout the country on a number of complex environmental matters under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, NEPA, RCRA, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as their state equivalents. Mr. Waeckerlin’ s experience includes environmental risk management counselling for numerous industries undergoing internal audits and government investigations and he frequently counsels clients concerning environmental liabilities for a wide range of transactional matters. He has represented clients in major federal and state rulemakings, national litigation before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters before the Environmental Protection Agency and state administrative agencies.
His recent experience includes compliance and enforcement matters under both mobile and stationary provisions of the Clean Air Act, audit and enforcement matters under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the defense of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions, and environmental liability counselling on numerous real estate and major stock and asset transactions. In addition, Mr. Waeckerlin frequently represents trade associations in regulatory proceedings and administrative litigation.
Following law school, Mr. Waeckerlin served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Sam E. Haddon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. In the six years prior to joining DGS in 2012, Mr. Waeckerlin practiced environmental and natural resources law in the Washington, D.C. office of a national law firm.
Mr. Waeckerlin serves as a vice chair on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee, and as a vice chair on the ABA’s Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee. He also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Cleantech & Climate Law Group.
Mr. Waeckerlin is a recognized expert and frequent author and speaker on various environmental topics.
University of Montana, J.D., 2005
Duke University, M.S., 2001
University of Wyoming, B.S., 1998
- Represents trade association in judicial and administrative challenge to recently enacted EPA rules governing air emissions from oil and gas sources.
- Represents a variety of clients in air-related enforcement matters before the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division.
- Counsels oil and gas clients on compliance with state and federal air quality regulations, including implementation of Colorado’s new methane regulations and other greenhouse gas- and climate change-related regulations.
- Counsels clients related to voluntary multi-media and air-quality audits, including self-disclosure under federal and state audit policy laws.
- Represents clients in NEPA and ESA matters.
- Represents ethanol manufacturer with air permitting compliance.
- Counsel oil and gas clients on regulatory and compliance issues related to enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, including compliance with state water law requirements.
- Counsels up- and mid-stream oil and gas sector clients on compliance and enforcement issues related to flares and flaring of natural gas.
- Represented clients in criminal environmental matters.
- Counsels clients on climate-change related issues for SEC disclosures.
- Performs environmental due diligence on a range of transactional matters.
- Represents clients at multiple CERCLA sites defending contribution claims.
- Represents clients before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA in connection with compliance and enforcement matters under section 404 of the CWA.
- Represents clients in enforcement matters under the CAA, including issues related to mobile source CAA provisions affecting the oil and gas industry.
- Represents oil and gas clients with CAA compliance in multiple Western states as well as Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas.
- Represents mining industry clients in connection with transactional due diligence.
- Represented a Fortune 50 corporation at a contaminated sediment waterway Superfund site.
- Represented a major corporation in a mobile source enforcement action in California.
- Represented a national coalition before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a challenge to EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste rulemaking under RCRA.
- Represented several trade associations in Clean Air Act and RCRA rulemakings before EPA.