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Donald W. Fowler - Washington, DC

1350 I Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20005

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Updated: 08/16/2019

Washington Environmental Lawyer

Overview

Donald W. Fowler specializes in federal and state trials and appeals in the areas of environmental law, toxic torts and pharmaceutical products liability. His practice also emphasizes litigation against the federal government, and he is experienced in environmental insurance coverage litigation. In 2017, Mr. Fowler was selected as Environmental Lawyer of the Year by Corporate Livewire M&A Awards...

Donald W. Fowler specializes in federal and state trials and appeals in the areas of environmental law, toxic torts and pharmaceutical products liability. His practice also emphasizes litigation against the federal government, and he is experienced in environmental insurance coverage litigation. In 2017, Mr. Fowler was selected as Environmental Lawyer of the Year by Corporate Livewire M&A Awards. In 2015, he was selected by Corporate America's Legal Elite Awards for "Best in Product Liability Litigation-Washington, DC."

Mr. Fowler represents major manufacturing concerns and site owners in trials and appeals of class actions and mass torts involving personal injury, property damage, and/or medical monitoring damage claims associated with alleged exposures to ionizing radiation and various chemical compounds, including solvents and benzene derivatives. He also represents a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in the national defense of personal injury claims associated with oncological drugs, migraine treatments, and anti-cholesterols. He has successfully defended such cases whether filed individually, as part of a mass tort, or as a class action.

Mr. Fowler’s environmental practice includes representation of major corporations in defense of both actual and anticipated litigation brought by federal and state natural resource trustees seeking recovery for damages to natural resources under federal and state law. He also represents companies in litigation and before the Environmental Protection Agency in matters arising under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund, including private cost recovery actions. He has designed and implemented compliance programs, conducted environmental audits and due diligence reviews, and negotiated environmental aspects of real estate and other transactions on behalf of many of our corporate clients. He frequently authors amicus curiae briefs on behalf of our toxics and pharmaceutical clients, and he lectures at private and public seminars on developments in these fields.

Mr. Fowler is named in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers for Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental, and in America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Washington DC. He is named in the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers and in Who's Who Legal: Environment, and he is recognized by The Expert Network as a "Distinguished Lawyer." In 2015, he received the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award for his article "Federal Clean Air Act Preemption of Public Nuisance Claims: The Case for Supreme Court Resolution."

Following law school, Mr. Fowler joined the Land and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, where he spent three years as a trial attorney conducting environmental litigation before the federal appellate and trial courts. Before joining the Firm, he also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

About Donald W. Fowler

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner

Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Claims
  • Government Contracts
  • Investigations
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Toxic Torts & Products Liability

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Other Affiliations

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers (Fellow)

Past Positions

  • Land and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice, Trial Attorney
  • Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deputy Assistant Administrator

Education

  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1975
    J.D.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1972
    B.A.
    Honors: With Distinction in all Subjects

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Office Information

Address

1350 I Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20005

Fax

  • (202) 682-1639

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Donald W. Fowler

Included on the 2023 Washington DC list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

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