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Kevin P. Holewinski


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  • Capital University (J.D. magna cum laude 1987; First in Class; Articles Editor, Law Review); Bethany College (B.A. 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania and District of Columbia

Government Service

  • 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)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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)
Kevin Holewinski