Kevin Holewinski is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in litigating high-stakes environmental enforcement, climate change, and bankruptcy matters throughout the United States. Before joining Jones Day, he served as a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice for seven years, where he tried many cases in a variety of substantive areas, including environmental law, in courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Kevin received several awards for his trial work from both the Attorney General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Kevin has successfully represented manufacturing, utility, chemical, oil and gas, and other industry clients in multimillion dollar civil enforcement and public nuisance actions, OSHA, DOJ and State Department criminal investigations, toxic tort litigation, and contractual indemnification disputes. He has extensive experience in air and groundwater contamination issues, human and ecological risk assessment, the science of climate change, as well as in the pursuit of "takings" and other claims against the United States. Kevin is currently representing an auto manufacturer in connection with a major Clean Air Act civil enforcement action initiated by the DOJ as well as in the parallel criminal investigation.
Kevin frequently provides commentary to the major print and television media on a wide range of environmental litigation issues, including climate change and federal and state government enforcement efforts.
- December 15, 2015Executive Roundtable Series: The President's Last Stand: The Regulatory Environment in the President's Final Year
- December 19, 20132013 Speaker Series: Year-End Energy Litigation Update
- December 12, 2013Executive Roundtable Series - A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- April 25, 2012Eye on Climate Change Litigation: Assessing Risk and Preparing for the Future Post-AEP v. Connecticut, 3d Annual Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference
- June 7, 2012Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
- March 1, 2012Debrief of the DC Circuit's Oral Arguments on EPA's GHG Rulemakings
- May 5, 2011FTC's Greem Guides, Pay It Green Forum
- April 27, 2011Climate Change Tort Litigation, 2d Annual Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference
- December 15, 2010Executive Roundtable Series: A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast
- October 4, 2010Town Hall Discussion - The Future of Climate Action
- January 22, 2010Preparing for Increased Litigation of Natural Damage Claims, Environmental Regulation and Enforcement, American Conference Institute’s Expert Forum
- September 17, 2008Climate Change Litigation and Corporate Risk: Navigating in an Uncertain Climate
- May 2, 2008Climate Change Litigation, panelist, Second Annual University of Washington School of Law Climate Change Conference: Solutions for the Northwest
- March 5 – 8, 2008Climate Change Litigation and Corporate Disclosure, panelist, LECG XPRT Forum
- November 14, 2007Climate Change Litigation, Environmental Law Institute's 16th Annual Boot Camp on Environmental Law
- November 16, 2006Panel Discussion, Climate Change Goes To Court, 2006 Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention, Panelists: Professor Richard Lazarus, Georgetown University Law Center; Jeffrey Clark, Kirkland & Ellis and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources; and Kevin P. Holewinski, Jones Day. Moderator: Hon. Edith H. Jones.
- Capital University (J.D. magna cum laude 1987; First in Class; Articles Editor, Law Review); Bethany College (B.A. 1982)
- Pennsylvania and District of Columbia
- United States Department of Justice: Trial Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division (1992-1994); Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, Criminal Division (1991-1992); and Trial Attorney, Attorney General's Honor Program, Civil Rights Division (1987-1991)
Named in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004, where he has been described as "[a] fantastic litigator and appellate lawyer"
Recommended in The Legal 500 (2009-2016) and described as "best-in-class"
Washington DC Super Lawyers (2010-2016)
Law360 "Environmental MVP" (2012)
Washington's Top Lawyers — Environmental Litigation, The Washingtonian magazine (December 2013, 2011, 2009)