Bud Watson
Partner
Bud is recognized as an accomplished environmental attorney and adjunct professor of environmental law and policy at Virginia colleges and universities, and a former land use planning official for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, he then served in the United States Navy Reserve.

His areas of expertise include litigation, technical evaluation of environmental projects, the writing of regulations and regulatory policy development. Much of his work has involved compliance assistance for NEPA, wetlands regulation, water quality protection, wastewater and stormwater management, coastal zone management, historic and cultural resources, environmental justice, land use planning issues, and nuclear, solid, and hazardous waste.

He has worked on projects representing governmental entities and private sector clients to assess environmental impacts under NEPA and other environmental statutes, and evaluate regulatory requirements, attain permits, and avoid enforcement actions under the applicable statutes and regulations. He has project experience with a range of federal environmental laws including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air and Water Acts, Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Noise Control Act, Toxic Substance Control Act, Pollution Prevention Act, and their state law counterparts. He has litigated environmental cases in the Virginia Circuit Courts, the Federal District Appellate Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.