individual or entity is accused of taking some action or inaction,
which had a negative impact on the environment. In many states, the
environmental lawyer may be hired by the state to prosecute cases in
which individuals or entities are thought to be responsible for some
contamination in the environment in that state.
lawyers may also be involved in cases which attempt to prevent
companies from conducting business in certain areas. For example,
environmental lawyers may prevent logging companies from working in
environmentally sensitive areas. The lawyer is not attempting to
prevent a company from conducting business at all, but simply
attempting to minimize the impact on the environment.
lawyers may also attempt to shut down companies which have repeatedly
violated environmental law and knowingly caused pollution.