Beverlee Silva is a partner in the Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group in the Atlanta office. She is co-chair of the firm’s Shale Gas Extraction/Hydraulic Fracturing Team and a member of the firm’s Toxic Tort Team and the Diversity and Hiring Committees. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and The International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyersand has been named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Legal Elite.”
Ms. Silva’s practice involves a full range of environmental issues. She has more than 25 years of nationwide experience in environmental and toxic tort litigation. She also handles environmental regulatory matters, compliance counseling, audits, site remediation and brownfield redevelopment, as well as procures and defends environmental permits. Additionally, Ms. Silva routinely conducts environmental due diligence and evaluates environmental liabilities in the context of real estate transactions, asset and stock acquisitions, high-yield debt offerings and commercial credit facilities.
- Regularly defend clients in benzene-related toxic tort litigation.
- Regularly defend clients in alleged NPDES permit violations and other Clean Water Act enforcement actions.
- Regularly defend clients in Clean Water Act citizen suits brought by adjoining land owners and environmental groups.
- Currently assisting major energy company with environmental issues relating to the siting and permitting of an interstate natural gas pipeline.
- Successfully defended a Fortune 500 client in a CERCLA cost recovery suit seeking past and future cleanup costs exceeding $400 million. Client was dismissed from the suit after the court granted summary judgment on Atlantic Research grounds. The Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal on appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari.
- Represent various interests in the natural gas industry on litigation and regulatory issues associated with hydraulic fracturing.
- Conducted environmental diligence and evaluated potential environmental liabilities in the $3.5 billion private equity fund acquisition of a major telecommunications equipment maker.