Brian D. Israel

Brian D. Israel

Partner, Arnold & Porter

Brian Israel is Chair Arnold & Porter's Environmental Practice Group, as well as co-lead of the firm’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) working group. Mr. Israel's practice focuses broadly on environmental litigation and counseling—including climate-related issues—and he is one of the nation's leading lawyers for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claims. Over the course of his career, Mr. Israel has successfully resolved or litigated over one hundred environmental matters. Among other areas, Mr. Israel specializes in cases brought under federal and state environmental laws related to contaminated sites, including toxic tort lawsuits. Since 2010, Mr. Israel has been lead counsel to BP in relation to Deepwater Horizon NRD claims, and was also one of the trial attorneys at the Deepwater Horizon Clean Water Act (CWA) penalty trial. Mr. Israel represents multiple Fortune 500 companies in some of the largest and most complex environmental matters across the country.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Israel was an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). While at the DOJ, he handled several high-profile cases, including the largest NRD trial at the time. Additionally, Mr. Israel was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments in a Clean Air Act jury trial during his time at the DOJ. He also litigated claims on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Clean Water Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Mr. Israel has spoken and written extensively about environmental law issues. He is a principal author of "Natural Resource Damages: A Guide to Litigating and Resolving NRD Cases," (ABA, 2019). For the last 15 years, Mr. Israel has maintained and regularly updated the State-by-State Guide to NRD Programs in All 50 States and Puerto Rico. Mr. Israel hosts and chairs the annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages (sponsored by Law Seminars International). He is the author of the "Natural Resource Damages" chapter in the Environmental Law Practice Guide (Gerrard, ed.). Mr. Israel has published on many other environmental law topics including environmental enforcement, corporate liability, regulatory reform, trial strategy, and Superfund. Mr. Israel's student note, "An Environmental Justice Critique of Risk Assessment," is published in the NYU Environmental Law Journal.


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