J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 2007
Oxford University, 2006
B.A., Duke University, 1999
Federal District Court for the District of Colorado
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Nate counsels clients in permitting, regulatory compliance, and litigation under a broad range of federal and state environmental laws – including litigating many Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) cases in federal district and appellate courts.
Nate previously served as a Senior Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center where he represented environmental groups in various environmental litigation in Georgia and the Southeast.
Counseling and litigating on behalf of governments, environmental groups, outfitters, and others regarding water quality, wetlands, NEPA, RCRA, various environmental matters, and Freedom of Information Act requests:
City of Phoenix
Represented the City of Phoenix at United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the first successful judicial challenge to FAA flight procedures based on failure to comply with environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.
City of Chicago
Represented the City of Chicago in a case brought by over 60 property owners seeking damages allegedly caused by noise and vibrations from aircraft using a new runway at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Chicago prevailed on summary judgment based on Statute of Limitations grounds.
City of Northglenn, Colorado
Represented City of Northglenn in successful defense of wastewater treatment permit in state administrative appeal proceeding.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Utah
Represented Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance before the federal District Court for the District of Columbia seeking public records from the Department of the Interior under the Freedom of Information Act.
Dvorak Expeditions v. BLM
Represented outfitter company in appeal of BLM’s cancellation of special recreation permits before the Department of Interior’s Board of Land Appeals, which resulted in a successful settlement and reissuance of permits.
Representative Clean Water Act Litigation