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  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 2007)
  • University of Georgia (B.A., 2002)
  • Georgia

C. Max Zygmont


Max Zygmont focuses on all facets of environmental law.  He combines strength in core environmental programs with a firm grasp of emerging environmental issues like carbon management.

In terms of traditional environmental practice, Max routinely advises clients regarding the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund.  Max's work in these areas has taken place at both the state and federal levels and in all contexts, from transactions and permitting to government enforcement and citizen suits.

Max is a former Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association and is on the Steering Committee of the Georgia Environmental Conference. Max is also active in the Atlanta community, including as a board member of the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Max obtained his J.D. with High Honors from The University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was selected to the Order of the Coif and served as an articles editor for the Journal of Law & Technology.

Representative Experience

  • Developed and executed Lone Pine strategy on behalf of a leading aggregates company to obtain dismissals prior to any meaningful discovery in mass personal injury and property damage toxic tort litigation. 
  • Represent coal and coking company facing parallel enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the federal “Superfund” statute and under the federal hazardous waste statute.
  • Petitioned for review and obtained rare stay of a major Clean Air Act rulemaking in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a utility client.
  • Coordinated collection and disclosure of environmental diligence in corporate sale involving more than 50 industrial facilities.
  • Obtained amicable resolution allowing future operations of hospitality client facing shutdown orders from environmental and health agencies due to alleged water supply contamination.
  • Handle major groundwater investigation and remediation issues at site declared “Georgia’s number 1 superfund site” by EPD Director.