Endangered species, special status species, and other wildlife issues often arise in conjunction with private development projects, public infrastructure projects, and other real estate matters, such as preparation of conservation easements. Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell represents clients on all sides of these complex issues. Our attorneys have counseled clients, advocated on their behalf to federal and state agencies, and litigated when necessary to challenge adverse agency decisions. Our attorneys have also represented environmental, conservation, and citizen groups seeking to enhance wildlife protection from harmful development and industrial activities.
We have extensive experience working with the federal agencies responsible for implementing the statutory schemes, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, and their state counterparts.
National Wildlife Federation v. Army Corps of Engineers, 170 F. Supp. 3d 6 (D.D.C. 2016) Challenged Corps’ issuance of Nationwide Permit 13 for bank stabilization structures in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Smith, 110 F.3d 724 (10th Cir. 1997). Challenged scope of agency’s conservation and recovery duties under the Endangered Species Act.
Catron County Bd. Of Comm’rs, N.M. v. Babbitt, 75 F.3d 1429 (10th Cir. 1996). Represented amicus in support of government’s critical habitat designation.
Platte River Whooping Crane Critical Habitat Maintenance Trust v. F.E.R.C., 876 F.2d 109 (D.C. Cir. 1989). Challenged hydropower license under Endangered Species Act.