Businesses of every size and in a broad range of industries have come to recognize the advantages of not only complying with environmental law, but also planning for what lies ahead – for themselves and their customers. Whether you are facing complex litigation involving issues like toxic torts or air pollution, seeking to “green” for efficiency, looking for energy and utility advice, or buying or selling a business or property, we can help you navigate increasingly difficult challenges.

Our attorneys know the science, regulations and case law that impact environmental concerns. We know how to work, negotiate and litigate with government agencies such as federal and state environmental protection agencies. We know your business and are responsive and flexible in meeting your needs. Our Environmental Law Practice offers extensive experience across the broad spectrum of environmental law, from compliance advice to litigation.

We have a national record of strong results on behalf of clients in areas such as:

  • Environmental litigation
  • Environmental aspects of transactions and due diligence
  • Permitting
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Site remediation
  • Product and take-back requirements
  • Sustainable “green” development

Experienced Advocacy for All of Your Needs

Our attorneys include seasoned litigators with decades of trial experience. We know what it takes to evaluate risk fairly and avoid disputes. We approach dispute resolution pragmatically but are well-equipped to handle large, complex litigation. Our lawyers have led multiparty Superfund groups to successful settlements and litigated Superfund claims to verdict. We have brought and defended citizen suits; defended product liability and toxic tort claims; and successfully appealed permits, orders and penalty assessments in administrative tribunals.

We also help get deals done. Our extensive experience in structuring and documenting transactions to enhance client value and minimize short and long-term environment-related risks provides meaningful safeguards to the companies we represent. We have developed language for environmental disclosures, LEED compliance, indemnities, access agreements, remediation agreements, leases, stock purchase agreements, real estate purchase and sale agreements, restrictive covenants and deed restrictions. We also develop and negotiate contract language to implement corporate and social responsibility goals and to engage vendors for environmental consulting, EHS outsourcing, recycling and hazardous waste relationships.

Our combined experience has helped us to work successfully with clients on a range of key environmental issues, including:

  • Air
  • Alternative energy sources and utilities regulation
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Civil and criminal enforcement
  • Corporate and commercial transactions
  • Emerging technology
  • End of life, takeback and recycling
  • Energy
  • Environmental management systems
  • Hazardous waste
  • Health and safety
  • Land use and real estate
  • Municipal and residual waste
  • Natural resource damages
  • REACH and RoHS and other product requirements
  • Sewage planning
  • Stormwater management
  • Superfund
  • Toxic tort
  • Water
  • Other regulatory programs and compliance

Our lawyers are also well-versed in developing areas of environmental law and policy, including climate change and greenhouse gases, chemical restriction and registration rules, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and green building.

At Fox Rothschild, clients have access to all of the experience and talent of our Environmental Law Practice, backed by the resources of our national network of attorneys working in 60 areas, including real estate, corporate, litigation, zoning and land use, energy and more. Together, we can handle your environmental needs.