Winston & Strawn Expands Environmental Litigation Team With Addition Of Former DOJ Senior Official Jonathan D. Brightbill

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan D. Brightbill as a partner in the firm Washington DC, office and member of the firm’s litigation and white collar, regulatory defense and investigative practices.

Jonathan represents public and private companies, business executives and others in the areas of white collar workers, regulatory defense, government and internal investigations, as well as complex commercial litigation. His commercial litigation experience encompasses environmental and regulatory litigation, commercial litigation, misleading advertising, consumer protection, and extensive class action and citizen advocacy work, as well as intellectual property such as patent litigation. , trademarks and trade secrets.

Jonathan served as Acting Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”), at the United States Department of Justice. As the leading environmental litigator and responsible for the country’s criminal and civil law enforcement, Jonathan has led the 425 ENRD lawyers, handling 6,500 active cases, with an annual budget of $ 150 million.

Jonathan argued many of the government’s most important appellate and district court cases during his ministry in the ministry. This included the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and the Repeal of the Clean Water Rule (10th Cir., District Courts), the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, and the repeal of the Clean Energy Plan ( DC Cir.), Advocating EPA Actions on Pesticide Tolerances under FIFRA and FDCA (9th Cir. En banc), and many others. His extensive experience at the intersection of litigation and policy development is invaluable in advising companies in the management of increasingly complex environmental regulations and federal law enforcement actions.

“Winston’s reputation as a trial and appeals firm is unmatched and I am proud to join this distinguished group of renowned litigators and transactional lawyers. I’m also joining the team at a pivotal time in environmental law, ”said Jonathan. “Beyond an increased commitment to climate regulation and a continued drive to adopt actionable environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, companies can expect a increased federal regulations and stricter enforcement of air emissions, releases to water and land, and more regulations on chemicals and pesticides, including limitations on “forever chemicals” like PFAS . ”

Jonathan has led litigation and briefing for numerous cases in federal appellate and district courts across the country, covering all major environmental and natural resource laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, FIFRA (pesticides), FDCA (food safety), TSCA (toxic products), CERCLA (land remediation), RCRA (waste), Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and many others land and resource management laws.

“We are seeing a combined effort by the public and private sectors to raise the bar for environmental compliance and sustainability,” said David rogers, Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn’s Washington DC Office. “Jonathan’s background is ideal for addressing these complex legal issues and we look forward to his contributions.”

Jonathan provides advice on the most important environmental compliance issues facing businesses today, including:

  • Criminal and civil enforcement of federal environmental law supported by increased funding
  • Regulation, litigation and advisory work on climate change and air emissions
  • Environmental Protection Agency regulations on pesticide use and the labeling and use of potentially toxic chemicals by manufacturers in many industries, including citizen lawsuits, mass crimes, and class actions
  • Increased federal momentum against fossil fuel energy and the infrastructure that supports it, as well as uncertainty regarding the production and supply of materials to produce renewable energy
  • Increased focus on the maritime sector, including monitoring of potentially damaging discharges into navigable waters
  • Regulatory and policy changes in the automotive sector, particularly with regard to emissions and safety regulations

“Jonathan’s addition to the DC team is a direct testament to the diversity and complexity of the issues we manage for our existing and growing customer base,” said President of Winston & Strawn. Tom fitzgerald. “Jonathan has been the leading federal advocate on environmental issues and has served among the top policy and decision makers in the Department of Justice – experiences that will be invaluable to businesses as they navigate the changes in the environment. compliance and enforcement in the environmental, marine, automotive and manufacturing fields. , and other sectors. “

This expansion of the Winston DC office follows recent additions of Litigation Partner and CIFIUS Specialist Tyler mcgaughey, M&A Partner Kathleen blaszak, call partner Andrew Tauberand tax partners James mastracchio and Susan seabrook.

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with 15 offices across North America, Asia, and Europe. More information about the company is available at

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