Brooks M. Smith

Brooks Smith is an environmental and natural resources partner at Troutman Sanders. He is deeply involved in matters arising under the Clean Water Act, including national rulemakings, policies and litigation, state permit proceedings and appeals, complex civil and criminal investigations, enforcement actions, and citizen lawsuits. Brooks has handled scores of TMDL proceedings around the country, as well as administrative and judicial appeals of TMDLs and TMDL-based permits. Brooks has also helped to develop and implement market-based approaches to water quality restoration, including an interstate trading program for the Ohio River Basin and trading/offset initiatives within the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound. In addition to his water work, Brooks regularly counsels clients on internal compliance and assurance programs. He has helped to develop and implement these programs for a range of different industries. He has also participated in hundreds of audits, and helped clients to respond to audit findings, including agency self-disclosures where appropriate.

In his day-to-day work, Brooks represents a diverse array of clients, including national and regional trade groups, ad hoc coalitions, electric utilities, coal companies, manufacturers, water and wastewater authorities, developers and farmers.

Brooks is also focused on executing firm strategic initiatives focused on environmental markets, sustainability, coal, energy, water, and compliance assurance.

Brooks has written and spoken extensively on developments arising under the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. In addition, he has chaired several national conferences and given more than 50 presentations to audiences across the United States and Canada.

Contact Brooks M. Smith

Contact Brooks M. Smith

Troutman Sanders
1001 Haxall Point
Richmond, Virginia  23219
Phone: (804) 697-1414
Fax: (804) 697-1339


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