The Coalition of Coastal Fisheries held a celebratory “crab feed” in Chinook, Washington this past weekend to thank our Environmental Practice Group for its pro bono representation … read more
Emerson Hilton is an Associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. Emerson represents clients in matters involving environmental litigation and compliance counseling, including air and water quality regulation, hazardous waste handling and remediation, and contaminated site cleanups under the federal and state Superfund laws. Emerson also has experience in administrative litigation involving utility rate-making and regulatory approvals, including matters related to renewable energy, general rates, fuel supply and cost recovery, and resource planning. In addition, Emerson has handled matters involving Indian and tribal law, land use and real estate, and appellate advocacy.
Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Emerson was a partner at a boutique environmental, energy, and land use law firm in Michigan, where he represented numerous clients in litigation before federal, state, and tribal courts, as well as state administrative agencies.
Emerson previously worked as a legal intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago and the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor. Prior to law school, Emerson was a Staff Editor at The Atlantic magazine in Boston.
Co-Author of “President Trump and the Environment: New Administration Faces Hurdles on Path Toward New Policies” (January 2017)
Co-Author of “Washington Supreme Court Orders Enhanced Environmental Scrutiny for Coastal Fossil Fuel Projects” (January 2017)
Co-Author of “Riddell Williams Environmental Team Helps Secure Washington Supreme Court Victory” (January 2017) (PDF)
Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Article “Glatfelter Can’t Challenge Fox River Settlements.” (January 2017)
Press Release “Emerson Hilton Selected to Participate in Environmental Law Leadership Development Program” (September 2016) (PDF)
Co-Author of “U.S. District Courts in Oregon and Washington Allow Indian Tribes to Recover Oversight and Enforcement Costs Under CERCLA” (August 2016) (PDF)
Quoted in BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter article “Companies Turn to FOIA to Challenge EPA Cleanups” (June 2016)
Co-Author of “Air Quality Updates in EPA Region 10 (Pacific Northwest)” (April 2016) (PDF)
Author of “Clean Air Act: Federal Court Emphasizes Deference To Oregon State Regulator’s Technical Determinations,” 19 ABA Air Quality Committee Newsl., No. 2 at 3 (April 2016)
Co-Author of “Federal Court Finds Broad Clean Water Act Liability for Unpermitted Industrial Stormwater Discharges” (December 2015) (PDF)
Co-Author of “Clean Power Plan Litigation Is Underway … But How Much Will It Matter?” (November 2015) (PDF)
Presenter, “Facial Challenges to Federal Agency Guidance: Jurisdictional, Procedural, and Substantive Review,” Joint Conference of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section and the Michigan Air and Waste Management Association (November 14, 2012).
- Order of the Coif (2012)
- State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Award (2012)
- Certificates of Merit in Evidence and Federal Indian Law (2011)
- Merit scholarships from the East Michigan Air and Waste Management Association (2011) and the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan (2009)
Emerson is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, for which he currently serves as an EPA Region 10 reporter for the Air Quality Committee. Emerson is also a member of the Energy Bar Association, the Air and Waste Management Association, and the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section, for which he formerly served as a member of the Air Committee and as section liaison to the Administrative and Regulatory Law Section. Emerson was also a member of the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on American Indian Law.
In Michigan, Emerson previously served as a member of his county Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Land Bank Authority, and as an elected trustee for his local municipal government.
Emerson received a B.A., with distinction, from Yale University in 2003 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012.
Emerson Hilton's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS
By Marshall Morales and Emerson Hilton Introduction As a new presidency begins today, numerous changes to American environmental law and policy are on the horizon. Businesses and other … read more
By Gus Winkes and Emerson Hilton Key Takeaways The Washington Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision with significant implications for large coastal developments involving fossil fuels and other … read more
On January 12, the Riddell Williams Environmental Practice Group obtained a significant victory on behalf of its client, the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries (CCF), at the Washington Supreme … read more
Riddell Williams attorney Emerson Hilton is quoted in an article recently published by Bloomberg BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter, “Glatfelter Can’t Challenge Fox River Settlements.” The article discusses a recent federal … read more
Legal Update – Regulation and Litigation Developments in EPA Region 10 By Emerson Hilton, David Weber, and Gus Winkes The Riddell Williams Environmental Practice Group closely tracks developments … read more
The American Bar Association’s nationwide Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources recently selected Emerson Hilton to participate in its 2016-2017 Leadership Development Program. Each year, this selective program … read more
U.S. District Courts in Oregon and Washington Allow Indian Tribes to Recover Oversight and Enforcement Costs Under CERCLA
Two recent federal court decisions have expanded the range of costs that Indian tribes may recover from potentially responsible parties (PRPs) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and … read more
Riddell Williams attorney Emerson Hilton is quoted in an article recently published by Bloomberg BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter, “Companies Turn to FOIA to Challenge EPA Cleanups.” The article … read more
Information Gathering in Environmental Litigation: Recent Amendments to Federal Discovery Rules Highlight Importance of Public Records Requests
Introduction December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) made some of the most significant changes in decades to the rules governing civil discovery. Experts … read more
Clean Air Act: Federal Court Emphasizes Deference To Oregon State Regulator’s Technical Determinations
Introduction On December 30, 2015, a federal district court in Oregon rejected claims that a crude oil transloading terminal unlawfully failed to obtain a federal preconstruction permit under … read more
Washington Revisions to Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Regulations On July 22, 2015, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) announced that it would amend its General Regulations for Air … read more
Federal Court Finds Broad Clean Water Act Liability for Unpermitted Industrial Stormwater Discharges
Key Takeaways Unpermitted stormwater discharges “associated with industrial activity” are broadly defined, independent Clean Water Act violations that give rise to citizen suit liability. Manufacturing and industrial facilities … read more
The floodgates of litigation over EPA’s Clean Power Plan – one of the most controversial environmental regulations in years – are open wide. States and industries most affected … read more
Emerson Hilton and Jay Willis, two experienced associates, have joined Riddell Williams. Emerson Hilton joins the Environmental practice group with over four years of experience. He focuses his … read more