Peter Knight is a partner in the firm's Environmental and Utilities Practice Group, where he focuses on environmental litigation, defense of agency enforcement actions, and regulatory matters. He regularly assists clients with private cost recovery and complex multiparty CERCLA cases and class actions, as well as environmental remediation projects.
Environmental Litigation and Enforcement: Mr. Knight has represented clients in complex environmental litigation matters across the United States involving a host of media. These claims typically are brought under a variety of federal and state statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in connection with the defense and prosecution of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution claims, including claims brought against the United States in connection with historical wartime operations. Mr. Knight's experience defending agency enforcement matters includes civil and criminal enforcement actions involving both land-based facilities and commercial shipping interests. A number of his maritime matters have involved major vessel casualties, including open water and coastal oil spills as well as containership fires and explosions. Mr. Knight's class action experience includes both environmental and toxic tort matters, as well as consumer products and false labeling cases.
Environmental Counseling: Mr. Knight represents and manages the interests of large and small PRPs at a number of Superfund sites across the country. He has both negotiated de minimis settlements and managed multiparty cases to resolution. He regularly works with clients on all manner of environmental legacy issues involving indemnity claims, historical liabilities, and remediation obligations. Mr. Knight also has advised companies on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs and environmental management systems.
Government Investigations: Mr. Knight represents companies and individuals in a variety of government investigations. While most of these matters involve state and federal investigations of environmental matters, he has also managed investigations headed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Coast Guard, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In many of these cases, which have spanned jurisdictions across the country, he typically works with the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice. Many of Mr. Knight's maritime matters have involved Coast Guard investigations and U.S. prosecution of claimed oil dumping by commercial shipping companies.
Mr. Knight has written and presented on a number of topics related to environmental enforcement, environmental regulation of commercial shipping, environmental disclosures, and climate change litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Knight practiced in the environmental and utilities group at Dewey & LeBoeuf.