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W. Parker  Moore

W. Parker Moore

Beveridge & Diamond PC

Washington, DC, USA

Parker dedicates his practice to successful project development. He helps clients nationwide from every economic sector navigate issues arising under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and related environmental laws.  He also defends clients against agency enforcement actions and citizen suits, applying his substantive knowledge of natural resources law and project development to craft creative, sound and successful legal strategies. He co-chairs B&D’s Environmental Practice Group and its NEPA, Wetlands, and ESA Section.

Parker’s experience includes:

  • Defending one of North America’s largest railroad companies against CWA citizen suits alleging unpermitted discharges of coal from railcars to waterbodies and wetlands throughout Washington State.
  • Representing members of the oil and gas industry in the development of one of the first ever general conservation plans under the ESA to authorize incidental take of listed species.
  • As an appointed special Attorney General, helping state Departments of Transportation build administrative records to support their highway projects and defending them against citizen suits under NEPA.
  • Developing unique protocols for oil and gas companies to advance projects without first obtaining incidental take permits under the ESA.
  • Negotiating on behalf of a Fortune 200 company the largest CWA settlement in Virginia history.
  • Defending a $250 million Kansas intermodal facility and its wetlands permit against a citizen suit challenge under the CWA and NEPA.
  • Defending an international wireless telecommunications company against federal criminal investigations for alleged violations of the ESA, MBTA and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. 
  • Defending a Maryland homebuilder against state enforcement for unpermitted disturbance of wetlands and floodplain.
  • Authoring a pivotal amicus brief cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the controversial wetlands regulation case, Rapanos v. United States.
  • Assisting federal lawmakers draft legislation to streamline project development under NEPA and expedite the CWA permitting process.

Before joining Beveridge & Diamond, Parker clerked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also is a professionally-trained wetlands ecologist and has years of experience identifying wetlands, obtaining jurisdictional determinations from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, surveying for endangered species and drafting NEPA documents. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources (Geology and Forestry) from the University of the South, and he graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.

Parker has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Edition 2014 as a "Rising Star."


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