Stephen Fotis heads the firm’s Environmental Practice Group and specializes in federal and state environmental regulation. His work focuses on matters relating to the Clean Air Act, global climate change, as well as the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other environmental statutes. Stephen provides advice and representation in legislative matters (including legislative drafting), agency rulemakings, appellate litigation, air permitting, environmental regulatory compliance, and advancement of emerging electric generation, and pollution control technologies. He represents electric utilities, independent power producers, automobile manufacturers, petroleum refineries, governmental entities, and labor unions. He also provides counsel to numerous trade associations representing these industries.
With respect to the Clean Air Act, Stephen has worked extensively on air policy, regulatory, and transactional matters for over 25 years. He is a leading authority on the regulation of stationary sources under the Clean Air Act, including the New Source Review program. He regularly advises clients on federal policy development through legislation and administrative rulemakings. This work has included the development of major Clean Air Act amendments and national rulemakings for implementing federal air regulatory programs as well as the implementation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, including the 8-hour ozone standard and the fine particulate matter standard. In addition, Stephen assists clients in the permitting of new facilities, a wide range of transactional matters, compliance assurance of federal and state air requirements, and the resolution of major enforcement actions.
American University, Washington College of Law
Senior Articles Editor, American University Law Review
B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Climate Change, 2010-2015
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Environment - Transactional and Regulatory 2014
Climate Change, 2013-2017
Washingtonian's Top Lawyers
Environment, 2009, 2011
Energy Bar Association
American Bar Association
Maryland Court of Special Appeals
Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge John J. Bishop, 1986-1987