Ben Snowden represents clients in the chemical, manufacturing, and energy sectors in a variety of environmental litigation and regulatory matters.

His regulatory practice focuses on Clean Air Act issues, but he also handles matters arising under the Clean Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, FIFRA, as well as other federal, state, and local pollution-control laws. His litigation experience includes enforcement cases, cost-recovery and natural resource damage claims at contaminated sites, and tort and products liability actions.

Mr. Snowden has published widely on environmental topics including EPA enforcement policy, the regulation of greenhouse gases, and toxic tort litigation. He co-authored chapters on civil enforcement and the regulation of hazardous air pollutants in the 2011 edition of the ABA’s Clean Air Act Handbook.

Mr. Snowden was recognized as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Environmental Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Snowden was a 2007 recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award for his pro bono representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee, Chair (2014-Present)

American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Air Quality Committee, Vice-Chair (2012-2013)

Montgomery County, Maryland Energy and Air Quality Advisory Council, Co-Chair (2013-2014)

District of Columbia Bar, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section, Chair of Standing Committee on Sustainability (2013-Present)


  • New York University School of Law, J.D. (2004)
    cum laude
    Developments Editor, NYU Environmental Law Journal
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. (1997)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2017)
  • District of Columbia (2010)
  • Georgia (2006)
  • Virginia (2004)


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — Paul L. Friedman

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
t +1 919.420.1719
f +1 919.510.6151
Suite 900, 607 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005-2018
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Benjamin L. Snowden

Experience Highlights

Successful settlement of contract dispute for manufacturer
Obtained favorable settlement in a contract dispute between client, a paper manufacturer and producer of biomass RECs, and an agent retained by more
PURPA dispute between solar developer and electric utility
Successfully represented solar developer in litigation with electric utility concerning the utility’s obligation under PURPA to purchase energy from more
Power plant environmental permitting and compliance issues
Represent developer of new 500 MW natural gas-fired power plant in environmental permitting and compliance issues related to project development, more
United States of America, et al. v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.
Represented Murphy Oil USA, Inc., which owned two oil refineries in the United States, located in Superior, Wisconsin and Meraux, St. Bernard Parish, more