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Charlie is featured

Charlie is featured

Welcome to the Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt.

We are environmental lawyers who assist communities, organizations, tribes, unions and individuals across the United States in protecting themselves and their members from industrial pollution and chemical injury. Through litigation, negotiation, and grassroots campaign building, the team helps clients enforce our nation’s environmental laws and hold polluters and regulatory agencies accountable.

During his career at the Western Environmental Law Center, the Atlantic States Legal Foundation, and in private practice, Charlie has brought citizen suit and toxic tort cases concerning pollution and chemical exposure against dozens of Fortune 500 companies in more than 20 states enforcing a broad spectrum of environmental laws.  The firm has experience with many environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Representative cases include actions against coal industry, oil spills, large CAFOs, railroads and improper state and federal rules. The team has won landmark cases against large CAFOs (see CARE and CFS v. Cow Palace), improper government actions (see Nat'l Cotton Council v. U.S. EPA), and the coal industry (see Sierra Club v. BNSF Railway). The team also represents victims of toxic chemical exposure and works on climate change and other cutting edge environmental issues.

Stop Polluters Our firm is a resource for organizations and people needing help to protect their members and themselves from polluters.

Learn more about our work:

Practice Areas:   This page provides an overview of our areas of practice and the statutes we use to protect people and the environment.

In The News:   Visit the News page for the national headlines made by our cases across many states, issues and fields of law dating back to 2009.

Cases:   Want to dig deeper? Visit the Cases page for decades of published and precedent-setting decisions, as well as negotiated settlement agreements with summaries and links to important documents, rulings and briefs.

CAFOs:    Did you know that a dairy cow produces 120 lbs. of waste per day? Imagine managing this amount of waste for 1,000-12,000 animals every day and you quickly see a major problem with concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Sometimes called "factory farms" or "animal factories", these industrial facilities present an ongoing and imminent threat to human health and the environment. Our CAFO page is rich in information, history and resources on this critical topic.

FOIA:   Exposing unlawful federal actions or corruption often requires obtaining records from, well, that very government itself. This can be tricky. But by passing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966, Congress acknowledged that an informed citizenry, armed with such records, serves as an important check on the federal government. FOIA is a powerful tool for environmental advocacy and government accountability. Read about our recent work in this area.

In Charlie's words "We advocate to give voice to the people whose voices are ignored or not heard and to the natural systems that have no voice."

To inquire about legal assistance, please contact us at info@charlietebbutt.com or call 541-344-3505.

CARE and CFS v. Cow Palace awarded the 2016 Public Justice Change Maker Award:


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