DOJ Environmental Lawyer Corinne Snow Rejoins V&E as Counsel

Corinne Snow, an environmental attorney who recently served as Counsel and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, has returned to Vinson & Elkins.

Snow’s practice is focused on environmental law, with an emphasis on litigation, regulatory compliance, and defense against government investigations and enforcement actions. Snow counsels clients across a variety of industries, including energy, chemical, manufacturing, and mining sectors. In the transactional context, she assists in the drafting and negotiating of the environmental terms in purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, credit agreements, and disclosures for debt and equity offerings and public filings. Her experience also includes drafting comments on behalf of clients to agencies on proposed rules with significant implications for the oil and gas industry.

Snow started her legal career as an associate at V&E in 2012, leaving the firm a year later to serve as a judicial clerk for Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Upon the completion of her clerkship in 2013, Snow returned to V&E and was an associate in the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources group until 2017, when she left to join the DOJ.

As Counsel and Chief of Staff in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Snow assisted in managing a 600-person division that included 400 lawyers. In this role she oversaw civil and criminal litigation arising under more than 150 environmental and natural resources laws. She also worked closely with the general counsel’s offices for multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Defense, Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, as well as the White House and Counsel on Environmental Quality to advise high-ranking officials on policy and litigation risks associated with the environmental and natural resource laws.

“We are pleased to welcome back Corinne,” said Larry Nettles, head of V&E’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice. “She is an outstanding lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of the complex and dynamic federal environmental laws and enforcement priorities affecting our clients.”

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