Karl A. Karg

  • Partner
  • Ekarl.karg@lw.com
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA
  • T +1.312.876.7691


Karl Karg's environmental practice includes enforcement defense, litigation, crisis response and management, permitting and compliance counseling, and transactional counseling. He is particularly experienced in the defense of US Department of Justice/EPA and state enforcement actions and citizen suits under the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, RCRA and a variety of other environmental statutes.

Mr. Karg’s current representations include: 

  • The defense of EPA and state Clean Air Act enforcement actions and citizen suits against electric utilities
  • Negotiations to modify past Consent Decrees under the Clean Air Act for new owners and/or repowered or reconfigured facilities
  • Complex contaminated site and sediment cleanups at NPL and non-NPL sites under CERCLA and other environmental authorities 
  • Oil spill enforcement matters and associated cleanup negotiations with EPA, state and local authorities and related third-party litigation
  • Advising on the environmental issues and risks associated with mergers and acquisitions, financing and public offerings

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins in 2001, Mr. Karg was an Associate Regional Counsel for the US EPA, Region V (Chicago), where he enforced virtually every major federal environmental law against facilities in the Midwest. While at the EPA, Mr. Karg worked extensively on Clean Air Act matters, including enforcement against the chemical, oil and gas, automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Mr. Karg is a frequent speaker and writer on environmental topics. He is a member of the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section of the ABA and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Thought Leadership

  • The Supreme Court Strikes Down the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards -  July 01, 2015
  • EPA’s Fiscal Year 2014 Civil Enforcement Results Reveal Agency’s Shifting Focus -  February 02, 2015
  • EPA Reverses Course on Malfunctions -  November 12, 2014
  • EPA’s Proposed Rule for New Power Plants Could Trigger Excessive Title V Permit Fees  -  April 22, 2014
  • Digging in the Dirt? Allocating Environmental Liability in Real Estate Transactions -  November 12, 2013
  • The Public Servant - Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  October 01, 2013
  • EPA Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Performance Standards for New Power Plants -  September 27, 2013
  • Koontz Decision Extends Property Owners’ Constitutional Protections -  July 17, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: Opposition to the Startup, Shutdown & Malfunction Rule -  June 11, 2013
  • States Voice Strong Opposition to EPA Clean Air Act Rule -  June 10, 2013
  • EPA to Limit Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Defense -  June 01, 2013
  • Latest In EPA's Series of Aggressive Coal Plant Rules -  May 09, 2013
  • Clean Energy Law Report: EPA Proposes New Effluent Limitation Guidelines for Power Plants -  May 03, 2013
  • EPA Proposes New Effluent Limitation Guidelines for Power Plants -  May 01, 2013
  • EPA Enforcement in the Energy Sector and Beyond -  March 27, 2013
  • EPA Acts to Limit Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Defense -  March 14, 2013
  • What to Expect in the Energy Sector  -  March 13, 2013
  • EPA Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in Clean Air Act Enforcement Against Owners of Coal-Fired Generating Units, Including the Targeting of Municipalities for “Informal” Enforcement Negotiations -  December 8, 2010
  • Clean Air Act Information Requests — A Recipient's Guide -  October 1, 2009
Bar Qualification
  • Illinois
  • JD, Vermont Law School, 1994
  • BS, Arizona State University, 1989
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Environment, Land & Resources
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets