Most business activities implicate some aspect of environmental regulation including: purchasing or selling real estate, developing land, constructing buildings, leasing space, lending money, acquiring or merging a company, selling a business, and implementing physical processes in business operations. The Firm’s environmental attorneys assist clients in navigating the complex interplay between business objectives and regulatory requirements. The Firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in advising clients including small businesses, local governments, major companies, real estate developers, individual investors, non-profit organizations and financial institutions on key areas of environmental compliance, reporting and enforcement.
The Firm’s attorneys have also represented clients in civil litigation and administrative proceedings in many state and federal venues on matters relating to Brownfields, Superfund liability, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, hazardous waste and toxic torts, underground storage tanks, as well as issues arising out of environmental provisions in contracts for the acquisition of businesses and real estate. The Firm’s attorneys hold leadership roles in numerous environmental law committees of business organizations and bar association, and have taught environmental law at academic institutions and in seminars for lawyers and other professionals. They have also written extensively on a wide range of environmental topics.
Areas of Experience
- Asbestos and lead paint abatement and remediation
- Due diligence in business mergers and acquisitions
- Due diligence in real estate purchases and transactions
- Environmental litigation
- Environmental risk management, including internal audits
- Hazardous waste handling and storage, including infectious and solid wastes
- Identification, evaluation and resolution of issues in project approvals and entitlement processes of property developments
- Insurance and lender issues, including bank loans, foreclosures, work-out and risk management
- Local, regional, state and national permitting, including air, water and other environmental media
- Regulatory compliance and enforcement
- Storm water issues
- Underground storage tanks (USTs) investigation, remediation, removal, closure and cost recovery