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OVERVIEW

Jeffrey S. Longsworth
Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P 202-408-6918

F 202-289-1330

OVERVIEW

Jeffrey S. Longsworth
Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P 202-408-6918

F 202-289-1330

Jeff Longsworth litigates and provides legal counsel pertaining to issues that arise under federal environmental laws and regulations. His practice is focused on Clean Water Act matters, especially those issues involving permitting, stormwater, effluent limitations guidelines, enforcement, inspections and spill prevention across local, regional and national platforms, as well as emerging contaminants, sustainability and energy efficiency.

OVERVIEW

Jeffrey S. Longsworth Partner

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P : 202-408-6918

Jeff Longsworth litigates and provides legal counsel pertaining to issues that arise under federal environmental laws and regulations. His practice is focused on Clean Water Act matters, especially those issues involving permitting, stormwater, effluent limitations guidelines, enforcement, inspections and spill prevention across local, regional and national platforms, as well as emerging contaminants, sustainability and energy efficiency.

Jeff serves as special environmental counsel to numerous national trade associations, Fortune 500 companies, industries, coalitions, airports, state and municipal government agencies, and other regulated parties before federal and state regulatory and enforcement authorities. He works closely within the federal rulemaking process with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Small Business Administration, and White House Office of Management and Budget, among others. Jeff also advises clients and the firm’s legislative team on environmental issues arising under federal and state legislation.

Jeff practices at the cutting edge of Clean Water Act (CWA) issues and its application to regulated entities across the country. After decades of practical experience in this specific and complex area of the law, Jeff has seen, experienced and resolved the critical challenges his clients and their constituents face from both the individual business and industrywide perspectives. Jeff’s clients rely on him to interpret CWA provisions in novel and original ways. They appreciate that he rises to the occasion to protect their interests with sound and balanced answers to sophisticated questions that rarely warrant a single, simple or straight-forward analysis or response.

To further respond to his clients’ needs, Jeff has expanded his CWA practice into related and overlapping areas, including emerging contaminants, sustainability and energy efficiency. These evolving challenges help Jeff to remain at the forefront of environmental counseling and strategic thinking.

Smart, creative and detail-oriented, Jeff is a team player who is personally invested in making a difference to those around him. Clients and colleagues alike respect his comprehensive knowledge not only of the law, but also regarding the realization of client objectives. Jeff cares about how his clients are perceived in the community and by regulators. He is diligent in his representation of client interests and advocates their point of view, while also building productive working relationships that ultimately reflect favorably on their reputation.

Jeff is a frequent speaker, educator, writer and media commentator on environmental law. He also is a cycling enthusiast and ice hockey player, and formerly played rugby and soccer. 

Professional and Community Involvement

Appointments to federal, state and local environmental advisory committees

Board of directors and former travel coach, regional soccer club working on ways to help disadvantaged kids enjoy and engage at the highest levels of competition

Volunteer, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Hunger Ministry, Kensington, Maryland

EXPERIENCE
  • Jeff Longsworth, an attorney in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Environmental Department (along with a former colleague), recently assisted the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in two recent victories against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    In the first victory, the NAHB settled a longstanding lawsuit against the EPA after the agency agreed to withdraw the numeric limit that it developed to control stormwater runoff from construction sites and to pursue additional improvements to the 2009 rule. The lawsuit had noted that the EPA's numeric limit would have cost stakeholders up to $10 billion a year in attempts to comply - and that coming up with a number that would work across all geographic areas and soil types would not be possible. In addition to withdrawing the numeric limits, the EPA has agreed to clarify the non-numeric portion of the rule so that land developers, permit writers and inspectors better understand what measures are required to help protect the nation's waterways. The EPA also has agreed to pay $93,000 in legal and court costs to NAHB as part of the settlement. NAHB was represented by Jeff Longsworth in this matter.

    In the second victory, the firm assisted NAHB in drafting a brief that played an integral role in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's rejection of the EPA's attempt to use stormwater flow rate as a surrogate pollutant in a TMDL case. In that brief, the firm helped distinguish EPA's generalized legal arguments regarding its authority to use surrogates in its NPDES permitting program by pointing out that what EPA really wanted to do was regulate "stormwater flow" to keep sediment already in the creek from being "stirred up." This is the first such court decision regarding EPA's authority (or lack thereof) to regulate stormwater flow and creates significant challenges for the Agency's plans to develop a national stormwater flow regulation, slated for proposal this June. NAHB was represented in this matter by Jeff Longsworth with assistance from Rob Weinstock.
  • Represented Associated General Contractors of America that intervened to defend an EPA rulemaking to permit construction storm water discharges. The rulemaking was challenged by several environmental groups.
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