Joel Beauvais is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department.
Mr. Beauvais rejoined Latham in 2017 after serving for six years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most recently, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water where he led the agency’s National Water Program, which administers the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. In this role, Mr. Beauvais led the development and implementation of national regulations and policies, oversight of state water programs, and the implementation of national programs to support water infrastructure financing.
Mr. Beauvais previously served as Associate Administrator for Policy at EPA, where he played a key role in the development of major regulations addressing climate, air quality, water quality, chemical safety, solid waste management and other issues. In this position, he was a principal advisor to the EPA Administrator on regulatory policy, oversaw EPA’s work on economic analysis, and led the agency’s engagement with the White House Office of Management and Budget on regulatory issues. Prior to this, he served as Associate Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation and as Special Counsel to the Office of the Administrator.
Before joining the EPA, Mr. Beauvais worked in the US House of Representatives as counsel for the Committee on Energy and Commerce and majority counsel for the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming where he helped develop legislation and advised on energy, climate and air quality issues.
From 2005-2007, Mr. Beauvais worked as an associate in Latham’s Environment, Land & Resources and Trial & Litigation Departments where he focused his practice on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental, constitutional and administrative law issues.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Beauvais clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in the Supreme Court of the United States.
- "The Uncertain Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Litigation and Regulatory Change in the New Administration," Client Alert (May 2017)
- "U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits," Client Alert (April 2017)
- "President Trump Takes First Step on Long Road to Roll Back Climate Rules," Client Alert (April 2017)
- “Reducing Ozone Regulation Costs Under the New Administration,” Client Alert (March 2017)
- “US Environmental Regulations to Face Rollbacks, but Reform Likely to be Tempered by Legal Barriers,” Latham.London (March 2017)
- “Re-Evaluating The Clean Water Rule: A Long Road Ahead,” Law360 (March 2017)
- “President Signs Executive Order Directing EPA and Army to Review and “Rescind or Revise” Clean Water Rule,” Latham’s Clean Energy Law Report (March 2017)