Our Environmental lawyers represent clients at high-visibility Superfund and contaminated sediment sites throughout the United States. We routinely counsel and represent industrial, manufacturing, and retail clients regarding solid and hazardous waste issues, as well as radioactive waste and hazardous materials transportation. We have defended clients in enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state environmental agencies, and state attorneys general relating to all aspects of hazardous materials and hazardous waste law. This experience affords us key insights in integrating legal, policy, scientific, technical, and community issues into an effective strategy for defending claims and managing compliance, enforcement, and liability for such operations and sites.
“A sizable outfit capable of tackling a range of environmental matters, often representing large industrial clients [and] handling enforcement defense litigation arising from toxic air pollution, manufacturing and mining challenges from EPA and CAA rules. Notable ability in managing environmental natural resource and supply chain issues.”
Chambers USA 2021, Nationwide: Environment
We bring value to our clients in the following ways:
- Negotiation and litigation skills: We represent clients and negotiate with government agencies regarding all aspects of site cleanup, including site listing, remedial investigations, human health and ecological risk assessments, feasibility studies, remedy selection, remedy implementation, and government cost recovery, as well as claims for natural resource damages. We have a nuanced understanding of the defense and prosecution of cost recovery and contribution actions, as well as liability for response costs in private litigation. Our experienced litigators develop alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation, among private parties and with government agencies and toxic tort claimants.
- Strategic perspective: Our lawyers apply their legislative and regulatory advocacy skills to defend clients against claims relating to liability, remediation, and natural resource damages. We have represented clients in judicial challenges to remedial and natural resource damage rules issued by federal and state agencies, as well as with respect to bankruptcy issues in the context of environmental remediation costs. We also advise on alternative funding mechanisms, including environmental insurance products and liability transfer arrangements.
- Deep industry knowledge: Our lawyers are familiar with the state-of-the-art science of many hazardous substances, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, bisphenol A, 6PPD, flame retardants, phthalates, chlorinated solvents, benzene, asbestos, metals (including lead), dioxins, formaldehyde, and radioactive materials. This knowledge is invaluable in reaching realistic and workable solutions to complex problems. We have worked with virtually all of the major consulting firms on matters related to geotechnical engineering, risk assessment, fate and transport modeling, historical analysis, response cost accounting, and economic issues. Our substantial history of working with these firms ensures that our clients receive the best technical advice.