Paul E. Gutermann retired from the partnership at the end of 2016.

Practice & Background

For more than 35 years, Mr. Gutermann’s national environmental practice involved litigating cutting-edge issues arising under all the major statutes; negotiating environmental issues in corporate mergers, divestitures and restructurings; and assisting clients before Congress and executive branch agencies on policy development. He served as lead trial counsel defending major enforcement actions brought by the United States, states and national environmental groups in courts from New York to California. He tried cases involving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, federal and state regulations governing the management of hazardous waste and cost recovery actions under CERCLA. Mr. Gutermann has been the lead environmental lawyer on transactions representing companies acquiring and divesting assets; the value of transactions on which he has worked totals in the billions of dollars. He has also represented creditors committees in connection with the restructuring of major industrial manufacturing conglomerates. Mr. Gutermann has represented clients in connection with the development of federal legislation on such issues as the acid rain requirements and efforts to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act and implementation of the Montréal Protocol. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the range of issues related to domestic and international environmental law.

Mr. Gutermann received his A.B. cum laude and with high honors in 1978 from Clark University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. in 1981 from Case Western Reserve University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Case Western Reserve Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif.

Awards & Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2014-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017) for environmental law and environmental litigation
  • Who’s Legal USA: Environment.

Speaking Engagements

  • EPA’s Utility Enforcement Initiative: The MetEd Decision May Pose Problems for Plaintiffs, Bloomberg BNA webinar (August 22, 2013).