Matthew D. Thurlow

Matthew Thurlow is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. He specializes in environmental litigation, insurance recovery and regulatory compliance work. He has significant experience on environmental matters brought under the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, Clean Water Act and RCRA. During his time at the firm, he has also worked on numerous commercial general litigation matters in the areas of toxic tort, insurance, employment and product liability law.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Thurlow worked for several years at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as lead counsel on a variety of civil enforcement matters including a major Clean Water Act case against the City of Memphis, Tennessee, and several Superfund cases, including a matter on behalf of the Department of Interior stemming from historic contamination at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina. During his time at DOJ, Mr. Thurlow also worked on several Clean Air Act matters involving power plants and oil refineries and participated in the Environmental Justice Initiative.

Mr. Thurlow clerked for Judge Jerome Farris, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2005-2006, and worked at Heller Ehrman LLP in San Francisco as a general commercial litigator between 2006-2008. During law school, Mr. Thurlow served as an editor on The Yale Law Journal and as editor-in-chief of The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. He also worked in the Jerome Frank Legal Services Immigration Clinic, where he helped immigrants from Guinea and Congo obtain asylum.

Thought Leadership
  • “Negotiating EPA Penalties: EPA's Penalty Policies and the 2013 Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule,” Environmental Law Reporter, Environmental Law Institute (September 2, 2014)
  • "EPA Proposes New greenhouse Gas Performance Standards for New Power Plants," Client Alert (September 27, 2013)
  • “Sulfuric Acid Mist: Regulating Uncertainties,” Ecology Law Quarterly, Currents, Berkeley School of Law (December 2012)