Jane C. Luxton is a member of Clark Hill’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Practice Group based in the Washington, DC office. Jane has extensive experience in environmental regulatory, policy, and litigation matters, including federal and state environmental laws, as well as international environmental regimes.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Jane advised national and international clients on environmental, energy, natural resources, sustainability, and climate change issues at a national law firm. From 2007-2009, she served as general counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As such, she was the chief legal officer for all NOAA activities as well as policy advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Responsibilities within her portfolio covered a broad range of issues, including natural resource damages, coastal zone management, fisheries management, endangered species and marine mammal protection, weather and climate change science, and marine sanctuaries and monuments. She held a top secret/SCI security clearance.
In 2008, Jane received a Presidential appointment as a commissioner of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and headed the U.S. delegation. For her work at NOAA, Ms. Luxton was recognized twice with the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award (2008, 2009).
Before that, Jane practiced environmental law for close to 20 years. Her practice included establishing and managing coalitions of associations and companies to address a particular set of environmental law issues, with an emphasis on metals production and processing, and products containing metals. She also has experience in international trade, antitrust and appellate matters.
Jane was appointed as a trial attorney and later, senior trial attorney, at the U.S. Department of Justice starting in 1978. While there, she received the Attorney General’s Award for prosecution of complex litigation. In 1981, she served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Jane served as a congressionally-appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center, established under the Clean Air Act of 1990 (2010-2011). She is a past chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources and currently serves as vice chair at large. She is a member of the Leadership Council of the Environment Law Institute and served as a member of the 2013 Nominating Committee of the ABA’s Administrative Law Section.
While in private practice, Ms. Luxton has regularly been recognized as a leading practitioner of environmental law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also is featured in Chambers Women in Law Profiles. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers rankings.