Arthur (“Tony”) Vogel focuses his practice on environmental matters, including solid and hazardous waste, environmental due diligence, climate change and sustainability, site investigations and remediation, agency and private party negotiations relating to environmental liabilities, Superfund management, and general regulatory compliance.
Since 2007, Mr. Vogel has chaired the environmental practice group of Quarles & Brady LLP, with practitioners located in Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona who handle environmental matters across the country. Mr. Vogel also chaired the firm’s multidisciplinary Clean Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Industry Group from its inception until 2014.
In August 2005, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. Vogel to chair his “Blue Ribbon Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal,” a group commissioned to develop policy options and recommendations to ensure environmental protection and economic growth when dealing with waste reduction, recycling, reuse, and disposal issues in Wisconsin.
Mr. Vogel has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
every year since 1995. He has received recognition inWisconsin Super Lawyers®
(2005-2009) and is listed in Band 1 for Wisconsin Natural Resource and Environmental Lawyers by Chambers USA®
(2010-2014). Martindale Hubbell has designated him with its highest rating, AV.
Mr. Vogel’s experience includes:
- Extensive representation of clients dealing with potential liability under Superfund and its state law counterparts. This work includes national representation of a large manufacturing client with retained environmental liabilities for paper-making, printing, packaging and chemical operations divested in the 1980s.
- Chairing or serving on Steering Committees for Superfund sites in Wisconsin, New Jersey, South Carolina and other states, including extensive negotiations with state and federal regulators. This work includes co-chairing a Superfund site in New Jersey beginning in 1993. At this particular site, EPA selected remedies for two operable units before identifying most potentially responsible parties. Cleanup costs were estimated by EPA at $57 million in 1988 dollars. After revising the remedy selected, the first operable unit is now closed and the second is nearing completion for a cost roughly half of EPA’s original estimate.
- The resolution of contested allocation issues through extensive discovery negotiations and third-party mediation in a variety of CERCLA matters.
- Coordinating efforts to obtain state and local approvals for two large wind farm projects in Wisconsin.
- Work on solid waste and landfill siting matters, including the representation of paper mills, foundries and local siting committees in matters governed by the Waste Facility Siting Board in Wisconsin.
- Comprehensive environmental due diligence in commercial and real estate transactions across the country, including the purchase and sale of paper mills in California, Michigan, Ohio, and Massachusetts as well as a variety of similar transactions for buyers, sellers, and lenders.
- Work under WEPA/NEPA pertaining to the need for and procedures associated with Environmental Impact Statements for governmental permits relating to a waste-to-energy incinerator, a shopping mall, a foundry expansion, and related matters. This includes significant work on behalf of the prevailing parties in Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade v. DNR, 115 Wis.2d 381 (1983), and City of New Richmond v. DNR, 145 Wis.2d 535 (Ct. App. 1988).
- Extensive coordination with technical consultants pertaining to landfill design, soil and groundwater assessments, contaminant fate and transport, and options for remedial action. This includes detailed work on contracting options and enforcement of contractual rights with technical consultants.
- The investigation and remediation of contaminated sediments. With respect to PCB contamination of the Lower Fox River in northeastern Wisconsin, this includes extensive contact with consultants, private parties, governmental agencies, and public interest groups with respect to historical deposition of PCBs, fate and transport, options for cleanup, and design/implementation of final remedial measures.
- Work on natural resource damage claims in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and other states, including NRD assessments and negotiations with natural resource trustees.
- Litigation support associated with toxic tort claims and claims alleging contamination of public and private water supplies in Illinois, California, and other states, including extensive preparation of environmental experts, analysis of expert reports, depositions, and pre-trial motions.