Former Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division Attorney Joins Nossaman

11.29.2004
Nossaman News Release

ORANGE COUNTY (November 29, 2004) - Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott has added additional depth to its nationally recognized environmental and endangered species litigation practices. The firm announced today that Paul Weiland, an experienced Justice Department litigation attorney, has joined Nossaman's Land Use and Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Weiland will work in the firm's Irvine and Los Angeles offices.

Prior to joining Nossaman, Mr. Weiland worked in the Law and Policy Section within the Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Weiland represented the United States in appellate and trial environmental litigation, including litigation involving the Clean Water Act; Endangered Species Act; National Environmental Policy Act; and a number of other federal statutes. In 2004, Mr. Weiland received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his work on litigation involving the government's management of the Missouri River. Mr. Weiland also worked as an associate in the Environmental Department at Goodwin Procter in Boston.

Mr. Weiland earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School. He also holds a PhD. in Public Policy from Indiana University and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Robert D. Thornton, head of Nossaman's Land Use Group, commented, "We are thrilled with the addition of Paul to the firm. He brings unique expertise in litigating Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act matters as a result of his experience with the Justice Department. Paul has special knowledge of the workings of the federal government and will help our rapidly expanding endangered species and water quality practices."

Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, a California-based law firm, specializes in complex civil litigation; infrastructure; land use, environmental, real property and water; healthcare; corporate transactions and public policy law. The firm represents a variety of public and private sector clients with interests ranging from aerospace and transportation to real estate development and water. Founded in 1959, Nossaman has more than 135 attorneys and lobbyists in California offices located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Irvine, as well as in Washington, D.C./Virginia and Austin, Texas.

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