Brooks M. Smith

Troutman Pepper

Practice Area: Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources

    All Star


    “Brooks partners well and pays attention to details.”
    “He delivers impeccable quality in his work product.”


    "I want to earn every client’s confidence as a trusted advisor. To achieve this, I know I need to listen more than I talk, always be ready for the unexpected, harness emotion instead of getting distracted by it, always be more prepared than my opponent, and above all else, be plain in my advice regardless of how complicated the situation may be."

    – Brooks M. Smith


    For more than 20 years, Brooks has helped clients develop and implement compliance assurance programs designed to prevent, detect and deter violations of environmental, health and safety laws. He has been involved in more than 1,000 compliance audits and has independently assessed the effectiveness of internal compliance programs across a range of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, heavy industry and local government.

    As an extension of his compliance work, Brooks regularly defends clients in agency and citizen enforcement actions alleging violations of environmental laws, including administrative, civil and criminal proceedings at the federal and state levels.

    Over the past decade, Brooks has been involved in some of the largest and most controversial energy projects in the country, including major interstate pipeline permitting actions and appeals and citizen suits attacking coal ash storage and disposal.

    Brooks is also a trusted advisor to a variety of federal and state trade associations, and in that role advocates before the EPA and state environmental agencies on pivotal environmental rulemakings and policies.

    Brooks has written and spoken extensively on developments arising under the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws, has chaired several national conferences, and has given more than 250 presentations to audiences across the United States and Canada.

    Brooks also serves as managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office.

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