Michael Goodstein heads the Washington, DC office for Hunsucker Goodstein with lead counsel responsibilities in a wide variety of environmental matters for public and private clients. These include litigation involving federal and state environmental laws, natural resource and property damage, toxic torts, and insurance coverage.

Mr. Goodstein is consistently recognized as a top environmental attorney in Washington, DC by such publications as Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, the Washington Post, and Washingtonian magazine. He currently serves as Environmental Counsel for The Hopi Tribe, and regularly represents Native American Tribes on environmental matters. He was selected by the Attorney General of North Carolina to represent the state in a regional air pollution reduction initiative.

Prior to joining Hunsucker Goodstein, Mr. Goodstein served with the United States Justice Department in the Environmental Enforcement Section for 12 years. The John Marshall Award, one of the Department of Justice’s highest honors, was twice awarded to Mr. Goodstein for outstanding legal achievement. He has also received the Gold Medal from the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for his contributions to the Clean Water Act enforcement program.

While serving with the Justice Department, Mr. Goodstein represented the United States on a number of landmark cases under the Superfund law, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. These cases included United States and Texas v. Koch Industries, a multi-state Clean Water Act enforcement action which involved over 300 oil spills, and United States v. Smithfield Foods, which resulted in the highest Clean Water Act penalty ever assessed after trial.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Goodstein was an Assistant County Attorney in Miami, Florida, representing Metropolitan Dade County in environmental, land-use and labor matters.

Education

1984

Juris Doctor, 1984, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY

1981

Bachelor of Arts, 1981, Brown University, Providence, RI

Visiting Professor

1996

Environmental Law; Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA

Honors

2012-2016

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer

2011

Environmental Excellence Award
National Association of Environmental Professionals

2010 to Present

Environmental Counsel
Selected primary outside counsel for the Hopi Tribe, a federally recognized Indian Tribe.

2007

Best Lawyers in Washington, DC
Recognized as a top Washington, D.C. environmental attorney in a survey conducted of practicing attorneys, Washingtonian Magazine, December 2007.

2006

Clean Air Representation: Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Adirondack Mountain Club
Selected to represent leading environmental groups as amicus curiae parties before U.S. Supreme Court in landmark Clean Air Act case (Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy) 

2005

Clean Air Counsel: North Carolina
Selected by the Attorney General of North Carolina to represent State in regional air pollution reduction initiative.

2000

Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, United States Department of Justice For extraordinary performance in litigation as lead counsel.

2000

Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice Quality Salary Increase: For outstanding performance of duties.

1999

Bronze Medal For Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency For outstanding performance in a national RCRA enforcement action.

1999

Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice For sustained outstanding performance as a Senior Attorney.

1998

Gold Medal For Exceptional Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency
For major contributions to Clean Water Act enforcement. 

1998

Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, United States Department of Justice For extraordinary performance in litigation as supervisory attorney.

1997

Special Commendation, United States Department of Justice
For successful negotiation of an innovative multi-media national enforcement settlement.

1993

Bronze Medal For Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency For extraordinary achievements on Clean Air Act enforcement actions.

1992

Bronze Medal For Commendable Service, United States Environmental Protection Agency For outstanding performance in the negotiation of a $126 million Superfund cleanup.

 

1990

Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice For sustained outstanding performance as a Trial Attorney.

Speeches & Publications

Presenter, "Brownfield Redevelopment: Funding Success Stories" and Moderator, Health and Environment Section Workshop

Annual International Municipal Lawyers Association Conference (September 2014)

Co-Author, "Seeking Clarity - Scientific, Economic and Legal Views on Visibility"
National Association of Environmental Professionals (May 24, 2012)

Speaker, "Brownfield Remediation: Strategies and Case Studies That Maximize Limited Resources Through Alternative Funding Sources"
National Association of Environmental Professionals (April 28, 2011)

Co-Author, "Pushing the Envelope on Brownfield Remediation: Strategies and Case Studies That Maximize Limited Resources Through Alternative Funding Sources"
(2011) Environmental Practice (New York: Cambridge University Press) Vol. 13(2), 130-142