Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 aims to conserve and protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats, but is also used by environmental groups and others to stall or prevent the completion of sensible capital projects, residential and property development, and federal licensing.

With a background in environmental regulation and enforcement within the federal government, Marzulla Law assists clients in successfully completing development projects while maintaining protection for wildlife. Our philosophy is straightforward: we help our clients to properly address ESA issues so that development and other projects can continue without undue costs, delays, or cancellation.

Our representation includes handling all aspects and procedures related to the ESA, including:

  • defending clients in in response to citizen suits and governmental enforcement actions
  • handling siting and permitting issues
  • working with policymakers, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and other regulatory bodies on species listing matters
  • advising landowners on possible ESA issues
  • analysis of wildlife habitats in relation to planned development
  • managing conservation banks for endangered species
  • developing conservation and habitat plans, and more

Sample Endangered Species Act Cases

  • Represented landowners in challenge to improper designation of land as critical habitat for endangered species.
  • Represented the State of Texas Comptroller in the successful defense of the State’s plan to conserve the endangered lizard under a Candidate Conservation Agreement.
  • Represented circus company in obtaining permits for international transportation of animals
  • Represented various companies and organizations in petitions and comments regarding listing of species as threatened or endangered.