The former general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency is joining Beveridge & Diamond in March.
Scott Fulton joins the firm as a principal in the environmental and natural resources practices, starting March 25. Fulton was confirmed by the Senate as general counsel in August 2009 and left his post January 2013.
At the firm, Fulton will counsel on domestic regulatory matters, international environmental regulation and sustainability.
In an interview, Fulton said that the firm's emphasis on natural resources and environmental issues coupled with its high quality attorneys were attractive. Much of his work, he said, will be "anticipating where the environmental protection program will be going" and "helping clients stay abreast of that movement and develop strategies."
At the EPA, Fulton, who will work out of Beveridge's D.C. office, helped with the passage of regulation of greenhouse gases along with regulatory and policy initiatives related to the Clean Air Act, Clear Water Act and Superfund, among others.
"I think a very important area will be where the administration moves on greenhouse gas and climate change," Fulton said. "The president gave significant prominence to climate change in the State of the Union."
He added that if Congress fails to pass legislation on the matter, the President would likely issue an executive order.
"I think the area to watch is what happens with the resource performance standards of the Clean Air Act," Fulton said. "The whole issue of greenhouse gas emission and how clients can prepare themselves for that movement will be important."