Kevin Poloncarz

Kevin Poloncarz
Partner, Covington & Burling, San Francisco, CA
Terms served on previous ELI Boards of Directors

Kevin Poloncarz represents a broad range of clients on policy, regulatory, litigation, commercial, and enforcement matters involving air quality, climate change, and clean energy. He has been deeply involved in the development of regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the federal Clean Air Act and the California Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32.

Mr. Poloncarz is recognized as a leading lawyer on California’s air quality and climate change programs. He is ranked by Chambers USA among the nation’s leading climate change attorneys and California’s leading environmental lawyers, with sources describing him as “a phenomenal” and “tremendous lawyer.” He was named an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in 2017 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2018.

He has extensive experience with California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), and similar programs in other jurisdictions, as well as in related commercial transactions.  

Mr. Poloncarz has a broad base of experience in California environmental laws and has represented clients in permitting and development of major energy projects throughout the state.