Bob Wyman is a partner in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Environmental Litigation and Regulation & Transactions Practices. Mr. Wyman formerly served as the Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department and Co-Chair of the Air Quality & Climate Change Practice.
Mr. Wyman’s regulatory and public policy practice includes:
- Air quality
- Cleantech and renewable energy
- Climate change
Mr. Wyman’s litigation practice includes:
- Civil and criminal enforcement defense
- Defense of citizen suits (e.g., under the Clean Air Act, CEQA)
- Direct review of administrative agency actions in federal and state courts
Mr. Wyman writes and speaks extensively in the areas of air quality, cleantech and renewable energy, climate change, corporate disclosure, corporate civil and criminal liability, and sustainability, among other topics.
Mr. Wyman was recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by the following publications:
- Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers Los Angeles Litigation - Environmental (2013 & 2019)
- Selected as one of the decade's three most influential lawyers in the area of Energy and the Environment by the National Law Journal's Most Influential Lawyers Special Report (2010)
- Highly Recommended by Euromoney/Legal Media Group’s inaugural Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Guide (2013)
- Band 1 Chambers USA California Environmental attorney ranking for each year (2004-2018)
- Band 1 Chambers USA (Climate); Band 2 Chambers Global (Climate)
- A Top 50 Lawyer in LA by the Los Angeles Business Journal
- California’s Environmental Law Dream Team by the California Lawyer
- Ethisphere’s Attorneys Who Matter (2009)
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Project and Enforcement Defense – Mr. Wyman defends industry clients against government and citizen enforcement actions and before all levels of government on a variety of matters, including permitting, variances, and agency rulemaking. Among several Clean Air Act litigations, Mr. Wyman successfully defended a US$1 billion power plant against a citizen suit challenge in the US District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Romoland et al v. SCAQMD, in which the Ninth Circuit first addressed proper venue for challenging a “merged” Clean Air Act Title V permit).
Cleantech Monetizing Strategies – Mr. Wyman has designed several market-based and innovative programs under the Clean Air Act, including the South Coast Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) and air quality investment program (AQIP), EPA’s clean air communities program, vehicle pricing and investment strategies (COALESCE), forward-crediting cleantech strategies (California Climate Coalition), and the clean air investment fund (contained in President Clinton’s Directive to EPA regarding ozone and fine particulate standards).
Some of Mr. Wyman’s current and recent representations include:
- ADT in defense of the California Attorney General and certain district attorneys related to electronic waste allegations
- Arctic Cat in defense of US EPA enforcement of Clean Air Act engine and vehicle certification requirements
- Boeing on the US implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreements to regulate aircraft greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- California utilities, refiners, manufacturers, credit brokers, and financiers in defending California’s AB32 cap-and-trade offset program against citizen challenge
- Chevron in the implementation and defense of various SCAQMD and CARB regulations
- Equity LifeStyle Properties in defense of several California district attorneys’ allegations related to asbestos regulations
- Southern California Edison Company in defense of California Air Resources Board allegations related to its GHG cap-and-trade auction requirements
- Southern California Gas Company in defense of agency actions related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak
- National Climate Coalition on EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act
- California Climate Coalition on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32)
- National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT) on US and California motor vehicle emission and fuel economy standards
- Regulatory Flexibility Group on Clean Air Act ozone and particulate matter nonattainment matters, including emissions trading and permitting
- Various traditional and renewable energy clients and manufacturers in strategic planning, permitting, and project defense
Mr. Wyman has represented clients before Congress, the White House, the EPA, DOE, and DOT regarding federal legislation, including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments as well as on various air quality-related provisions of transportation and energy legislation. He currently serves and has served on the US EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee during all but six of its 28 years, and has chaired several of its subcommittees and work groups.
Mr. Wyman recently served as Secretary for the American College of Environmental Lawyers.