Our Team

John W. Watson chairs the Firm’s North American Environmental Practice Group and leads the coordinated Global Environmental Practice. Mr. Watson has been advising industrial enterprises on managing wide-ranging environmental risks and liabilities arising out of their domestic and international operations for over 20 years. He has been consistently recognized as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers publications. Contact details and full biography at John W. Watson.

Jonathan D. Cocker heads the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group in Canada and is an active member of the Global Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice Group, as well as the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry Group. Mr. Cocker provides advice and representation to multinational companies on a variety of environment, health and safety matters, including product content, dangerous goods transportation, regulated wastes, food and drug safety, extended producer responsibilities and contaminated lands matters. He appears before both EHS tribunals and civil courts across Canada. Mr. Cocker is a frequent speaker and writer on EHS matters, a participant in a number of EHS national and international industry groups and an author of the upcoming Encyclopedia of Environmental Law. Contact details and full biography at Jonathan D. Cocker.

David P. Hackett has considerable experience managing US and diverse international compliance, CSR and environmental legal projects, including the development and implementation of compliance programs. He is currently a member of the Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee, and concentrates his practice on the representation of multinationals in domestic and international compliance and environmental matters including, in particular, in the high tech, information management, food, pharmaceutical and energy industries. Contact details and full biography at David P. Hackett.

Richard M. Saines heads the Firm’s North American Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice and serves on the steering committee for the Firm’s Global Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Practice. He is widely published and globally recognized as a leading climate change lawyer, bringing over fifteen years of experience on climate change law matters advising multinational companies, financial institutions, funds and project sponsors on carbon and environmental market transactions within the international, regional and voluntary markets. Mr. Saines also advises major global corporations on climate change policy, sustainable development and global corporate greenhouse gas compliance and management. He is recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading climate change lawyer. He serves as Vice-Chair in the International Emissions Trading Association and served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Climate Change and was the former Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Resources Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. Contact details and full biography at Richard M. Saines.

Douglas B. Sanders leads the Firm’s US Environmental Litigation Practice. He represents both domestic and non-US corporations before federal, state and administrative courts in environmental, class action, mass tort and product liability litigation, government enforcement, permitting and criminal proceedings. Mr. Sanders counsels companies with respect to compliance with CERLA, RCRA, CWA, TSCA, OSHA and state environmental regulations. He advises multi-national and domestic corporations on environmental, health and safety requirements and legal risks with respect to products sold or marketed in the US, including responding to product liability claims and conducting recalls. Contact details and full biography at Douglas B. Sanders.

Marisa Martin is a senior associate in the Firm’s Global Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice Group based in Chicago. Ms. Martin advises multinational companies, project sponsors and investors in connection with all aspects of environmental and carbon regulatory developments in the U.S. and internationally. She also advises on the full spectrum of transactional activities underpinned by the emerging environmental markets globally with a special focus on renewables, avoided deforestation/REDD+ and the California carbon market. Ms. Martin is a Vice-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Committee. She was named “Associate to Watch” in Climate Change by Chambers USA. She is licensed to practice in California and Illinois. Contact details and full biography at Marisa Martin.

Jessica Wicha is a senior associate in the Firm’s North American Environmental Practice Group. Ms. Wicha regularly advises domestic and multinational companies on the broad range of compliance and enforcement issues that arise under federal and state environmental, health and safety laws, with a particular focus on solid and hazardous waste and water resource issues. She draws on this expertise to assess and help manage the environmental risks that arise in transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. A significant portion of Ms. Wicha’s practice also concentrates on the federal and state environmental, health and safety laws regulating products, including TSCA, FIFRA, California’s Proposition 65, and state chemical content and electronic waste laws. She strives to provide practical solutions and strategies that pertain to a product’s entire life cycle, from cradle to grave. Contact details and full biography at Jessica Wicha.