September 18, 2021

Volume XI, Number 261

Norman W. Fichthorn

Norm is a widely recognized environmental and administrative lawyer who represents clients in litigation and regulatory proceedings on a broad range of requirements under the Clean Air Act and other air quality and climate change issues.

For over 30 years, Norm has handled a variety of precedent-setting matters in federal courts and administrative agency forums. He is known for his practical advice and representation in rulemaking and other administrative proceedings before the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

Norm helps clients interpret and respond appropriately to such varied regulatory requirements as the interstate pollution, regional haze, and air quality standards provisions of the Clean Air Act, as well as to legal issues relating to global climate change.

An accomplished practitioner in his field, Norm writes and speaks regularly on issues related to his practice. He is also a contributor to the firm’s Nickel Report blog on trends and developments in energy and environmental law. 

Relevant Experience

  • Represented an industry party in US Supreme Court litigation in which the Court held unlawful EPA rules regarding greenhouse gas emissions from facilities under the Clean Air Act.
  • Represented an industry client in a US Supreme Court case concerning EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases to address global climate change.
  • Represented companies in three federal district courts, three federal courts of appeals and the US Supreme Court in successfully defending against suits brought under federal common law “public nuisance” theories in which plaintiffs sought court orders limiting industries’ carbon dioxide emissions to address global climate change.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Norman W. Fichthorn