Jay C. Johnson serves clients in a variety of infrastructure and natural resource contexts, guiding them past regulatory and environmental review obstacles to win agency approvals, then defending those approvals in court. Jay focuses on projects that raise complex issues, attracting scrutiny from both regulators and third-party groups. His recent representations include mining, rail and surface transportation, and port projects.
Jay has experience with a variety of state and federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and their state analogues. He has also helped his clients win approvals under the numerous substantive federal statutes employed by federal agencies like the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
To defend his clients' permits and approvals, Jay has briefed and argued numerous cases in trial and appellate courts around the country. He frequently coordinates with counsel for the agencies that issue his clients' permits and approvals, to ensure the most effective defense of their decisions. At the same time, he advocates for his clients' interests in court, making arguments that government attorneys may be unable or unwilling to make.