Sidley partners Maureen F. Gorsen and Justin A. Savage were named as “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” in The National Law Journal’s 2021 edition of the list. Sidley is the only law firm to have multiple lawyers recognized in the supplement.
The National Law Journal noted Maureen’s experience as the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The publication highlighted the various regulations she was instrumental in passing in California, including the Green Chemistry Initiative, which increased regulatory authority over chemicals in consumer products, and the Global Warming Solutions Act, which allowed California to become the first state to regulate climate change. The supplement also spotlighted her work at Sidley on electrification and decarbonization.
Justin was commended for serving nearly a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the EPA and other federal agencies in complex enforcement matters. He drew praise from the publication for developing Sidley’s global auto sector group and spearheading the legal market’s first “battery school” for lawyers. Also noted was his work defending Ford in a case involving its road load estimation program for fuel economy.
Maureen practices at the intersection of public policy, litigation, and regulatory advocacy with a keen sense of her clients’ business objectives. She is a member of Sidley’s Environmental practice, focusing on enforcement defense and regulatory compliance. Maureen has defended clients in both federal and state enforcement matters, including hazardous waste, stormwater, air quality, AB 32, Prop 65, product labeling, food packaging, and business and tax regulation.
Justin is global co-leader of the firm’s Environmental practice and serves on the firmwide Marketing and Practice Development committee. He also serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. Justin focuses on high-stakes environmental litigation and strategic counseling, including government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and rulemaking challenges.