Three Katten attorneys will participate in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Special Institute on Today's Environmental Agencies: Regulatory Enforcement, Citizen Suits, and the Natural Resources Industries. Karl Heisler, a partner in the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice, serves on the event's Program Committee.

Nadira Clarke, head of the Litigation department at the firm's Washington, DC office, will speak on the "Liability of Owners, Contractors, and Non-Operators" panel at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, December 7. The panel will discuss:

  • expansion of regulatory view of who should be held liable for violations;
  • owners of facilities and contractors as targets of enforcement efforts; and
  • application to onshore oil and gas operations, mining operations, and other projects.

At 2:55 p.m. on December 7, Steve Solow, head of the firm's White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice will speak on the "Criminal Liability" panel. Panelists will discuss:

  • criminal exposure under federal and state regulatory schemes: CWA, CAA, RCRA and others;
  • approaches to defending criminal charges;
  • preparations and pitfalls: jury trials, grand jury investigations and congressional investigations;
  • responding to investigations from federal agencies that could have potential criminal components;
  • who has to talk to investigators; and
  • individual and company rights in an unexpected investigation.

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