Public Health and The Environment

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is recognized as a leader in the law and policy of safe drinking water, with more than 30 years of experience in the regulation of large municipal water suppliers under both the federal Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts.

Attorneys at Powers work with many clients across a spectrum of public health issues. More recently, the firm has been significantly engaged in legislation, regulation, and policy efforts surrounding pain care as a public health priority, including related issues of misuse and abuse of pain medications.

Representative clients in the Powers’ public health practice include healthcare providers, medical and other professional societies, municipalities, and municipal trade associations in the water sector. The firm’s work on their behalf includes representation before multiple Congressional Committees, including the Appropriations Committees, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the federal courts, up to and including the United States Supreme Court.

As an offshoot of the firm’s work on water and wastewater issues, Powers attorneys have developed expertise on matters related to critical infrastructure protection. The firm worked with clients to create one of the nation’s first “information sharing and analysis centers,” called an “ISAC” in Homeland Security parlance. ISACs are unique organizations that promote and facilitate the sharing of critical security threat and response information between the public and private sectors to better protect critical infrastructures in particular sectors of government and the economy.