William S. Eubanks II joined the firm in 2008 after obtaining his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School. In 2007, Bill obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and founding President of the Environmental Law Society. In 2004, Bill obtained his B.A. in United States History and English Literature & Composition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Bill has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits. In 2015, Bill became a name partner and established the firm's Colorado office.
Since joining the firm, Bill has been involved in federal appellate and trial court litigation under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Wilderness Act, Park Service Organic Act, National Forest Management Act, Clean Water Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Freedom of Information Act, and other statutes. Bill's legal victories include forcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop an endangered species conservation program for the Southwestern willow flycatcher, twice overturning the National Park Service's expansion of off-road vehicle use in Big Cypress National Preserve, invalidating the Bureau of Land Management's treatment of public lands as private in order to remove federally protected wild horses from those lands, nullifying the Forest Service's boundary change and elimination of a chief use of the Modoc National Forest, obtaining safeguards for endangered sea turtles related to the Coast Guard's Deepwater Horizon oil spill response strategies, abolishing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's blanket exemption from legal compliance for breeders of captive endangered antelopes, garnering protections for endangered Indiana bats from an industrial wind energy facility, obtaining agency records regarding federal financing of coal-fired power facilities, and forcing a reconsideration of critical habitat for the California tiger salamander. Bill has also co-authored several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in environmental cases involving climate change, genetically modified crops, logging road stormwater runoff, and naval sonar use.
Bill frequently teaches, lectures, and writes on diverse environmental law and policy topics. Currently, he serves as a Professor of Law (Summer Faculty) at Vermont Law School, and he has also previously served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. Bill teaches advanced environmental law courses examining topics such as federal public lands, natural resources, wildlife, and agricultural policy.
Bill co-authored and co-edited Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, which is the leading treatise analyzing the environmental impacts of our nation's agricultural policy and the application of federal environmental laws to our food production system. Bill’s other publications include Subverting Congress' Intent: The Recent Misapplication of Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act and Its Consequent Impacts on Sensitive Wildlife and Habitat, 42 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 259 (2015); The Future of Federal Farm Policy: Steps for Achieving a More Sustainable Food System, 37 Vt. L. Rev. 957 (2013); The 2013 Farm Bill: An Opportunity for Change, American Bar Association, Natural Resources & Environment (2013); Paying the Farm Bill: How One Statute Has Radically Degraded the Natural Environment and How a Newfound Emphasis on Sustainability Is the Key to Reviving the Ecosystem, 27 Envtl. Forum 56 (July 2010); The Sustainable Farm Bill: A Proposal for Permanent Environmental Change, 39 Envtl. L. Rep. 10493 (2009); Damage Done? The Status of NEPA After Winter v. NRDC and Answers to Lingering Questions Left Open by the Court, 33 Vt. L. Rev. 649 (2009); A Rotten System: Subsidizing Environmental Degradation and Poor Public Health with Our Nation’s Tax Dollars, 28 Stanford Envtl. L. J. 213 (2009); The Clean Air Act’s New Source Review Program: Beneficial to Public Health or Merely a Smoke-and-Mirrors Scheme?, 29 Land Resources & Envtl. L. 361 (2009), reprinted in Energy Conservation and Law 168 (Amicus Books of ICFAI University 2010); Filling the Void: Judicial Analysis of Wildlife Impacts in a Post-Winter World, American Bar Association T.I.P.S., Animal Law Committee (2009); North Carolina’s Durational Residency Requirement for In-State Tuition: Violating the Constitution’s Inherent Right to Travel, 1 Charlotte L. Rev. 199 (2009); The Life-Altering Impacts of Climate Change: The Precipitous Decline of the Northeastern Sugar Maple and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s Potential Solution, 17 Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 81 (2008), reprinted in 2 Int'l J. of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 1 (2010); Environmental Justice for All? The Navy’s Recent Failure to Protect North Carolina’s Citizens, 30 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 206 (2008).