Janice Schneider is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office, where she is a global Co-chair of the Energy & Infrastructure Project Siting & Defense Practice and local department Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental, American Indian and natural resource issues.
Ms. Schneider handles a broad range of matters in federal court and before federal agencies, members of Congress and its staff. Her expertise includes Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, and tribal and cultural resource issues. Ms. Schneider has extensive experience in the energy development sector, including renewable and conventional energy development, transmission line development and hydropower project licensing, operation and compliance, the minerals and mining sector, and public land, national forest, American Indian land, national wildlife refuge, and national park use and management. Prior to joining Latham in 2001, Ms. Schneider practiced law with the US Department of the Interior, the US Department of Justice and served for a year as counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
Ms. Schneider has first chair experience litigation experience, including defending requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, summary judgment, discovery and trial, negotiation and mediation. Ms. Schneider also has experience in federal policy development and legislative and regulatory activities, including analysis and drafting of legislative language, testimony and remarks, and preparing and commenting on proposed rules and agency initiatives.
Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Schneider was a marine biologist, environmental specialist and consultant specializing in environmental impact analysis, environmental audits and securing entitlements for large land and transportation development projects.
Ms. Schneider was recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2011 and 2012 The Legal 500 US guide in the area of Environment: Transactions and Regulatory. She was also cited as a recommended lawyer in the Environment: Litigation category both years. In 2011, Law360 included Ms. Schneider in their list of Environmental MVPs which honor “attorneys whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions have raised the bar” this year.