Nico van Aelstyn, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Nico van Aelstyn is a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, an international law firm with seven office across California. Nico is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 years of environmental counseling and litigation experience. His environmental counseling and regulatory compliance practice includes a focus on climate change, including California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program and other aspects of AB 32’s implementation. He has been active in most CARB rulemakings regarding the Cap-and-Trade program, counseled clients regarding compliance, negotiated with CARB and brought writ petitions challenging certain regulations. He handles emission trading contracts; he’s negotiated forest offset project agreements of various kinds representing over $250 million and many millions of offset credits. He’s also represented the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in the California lawsuits challenging the offsets program and the GHG emission allowance auctions. Nico’s environmental litigation practice also encompasses cost recovery actions, challenges to regulations, administrative enforcement actions, and representation of PRPs and PRP groups at Superfund sites. He has handled matters in state and federal courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and various administrative fora.
Nico is recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.