Neal McAliley has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than 25 years. He focuses primarily on federal matters, and advises clients on environmental issues related to energy production, permitting, real estate transactions, wetland jurisdiction, environmental issues associated with public infrastructure projects, and administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement. He has significant experience in litigation involving federal agencies under NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Lacey Act, and related federal environmental statutes.
Neal has handled regulatory and litigation matters for clients in multiple industries. Over his career, Neal has represented businesses in the energy industry (including electric utilities, renewable energy, and oil and gas companies), mining industry, aviation industry (including airlines and airports), seafood industry, agriculture industry, and clean tech businesses.
Neal has extensive experience in environmental regulation and litigation related to public infrastructure projects of all types, including regional water projects, power facilities, airports, seaports, and rail systems. He also has represented companies in enforcement matters under multiple environmental and non-environmental statutes, including administrative, civil, criminal, forfeiture, and contract debarment proceedings.
Neal began his career as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, prosecuting environmental crimes and representing federal agencies in civil environmental litigation. His cases included litigation related to restoration of the Florida Everglades; endangered species conflicts related to water management; realignment of an Air Force base; and prosecutions of companies for ocean dumping, illegal disposal of hazardous waste, and illegal importation of threatened and endangered species.
In the business realm, Neal counsels clients on a range of general civil and criminal litigation, general commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense matters, from conducting internal investigations for multinational companies to commercial litigation and class action defense.
Neal McAliley is “very experienced in enforcement proceedings and investigations,” says a peer. A client reports: “He is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney, highly proficient in the area of environmental law. He has the ability to communicate complicated matters in a fashion that is readily comprehensible.”
- University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1991)
- Harvard College (A.B., 1987)
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