Doug Hastings focuses his practice on environmental and administrative law. Doug represents clients in matters arising under a variety of federal and state environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He also assists clients in navigating agency proceedings and litigation involving the Administrative Procedure Act.
Doug has recently represented clients in a number of matters related to climate change and other Clean Air Act issues, including litigation over state compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone and assistance with administrative proceedings regarding the carbon neutrality of emissions from processing of agricultural crops. Doug has also represented a biofuels trade association in matters related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, including challenges to agency actions in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, litigation in federal district court, and administrative rulemakings.
Another focus area of Doug’s practice has been CERCLA cleanups and litigation. His CERCLA work has included contribution litigation in federal courts, assistance with settlement discussions, and advice regarding contaminated site investigations.
Doug maintains an active pro bono practice and has been particularly involved in immigration proceedings such as defensive asylum cases, requests for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and U-Visa applications for victims of domestic violence.
During law school, Doug served as an article editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review and participated in the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. Before attending law school, he worked at Duke University as a researcher in environmental health, where his research included modeling the geographic distribution of lead exposure risk.
Harvard Law School, 2013, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Duke University, 2009, Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science and Policy, magna cum laude
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Awards and Affiliations
Ones to Watch, Litigation - Environmental, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2023)
Recipient, Gilbert Award for Pro Bono Excellence (2019)