Our Environmental lawyers represent clients at high-visibility Superfund and contaminated sediment sites throughout the United States. This experience affords us key insights in integrating legal, policy, scientific, technical and community issues into an effective strategy for defending claims and managing such sites.
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. 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 national and international legislative and regulatory advocacy skills to defend clients against claims relating to liability, remediation and natural resource damages. We represent 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 chlorinated solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, 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 geo-technical 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.