George J. Marek - Quarles & Brady LLP

George J. Marek

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 414-277-5537

George Marek practices in the area of environmental law. He counsels corporations, municipalities and individuals in regulatory compliance, enforcement, and business and real estate transactions, including environmental assessments and cleanups. Mr. Marek’s practice includes the redevelopment of Brownfields sites, the remediation of Superfund and other contaminated properties, advising clients on wind farm projects, underground and aboveground storage tank regulation, and coordinating the investigation and remediation of toxic mold. Recently he has:

  • Obtained a $750,000 Brownfields award from the State of Wisconsin for a client seeking to redevelop a historic industrial site, and managed the site investigation and cleanup. The site had been used for leather tanning, automotive repair and other uses. Proposed redevelopment uses of the property include office, retail and residential.

  • Obtained a $125,000 grant from federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for a client. This award will assist in the cleanup of a historic industrial site, which will be redeveloped for commercial use.

  • Obtained U.S. EPA and City of Milwaukee financial awards for site investigation at Brownfields redevelopment sites.

  • Represented a client in an enforcement action brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice alleging violations of asbestos removal regulations.

  • Advised the Lenders in a $200 million financing project for a Wisconsin wind farm, coordinating environmental, real estate, energy regulatory and litigation due diligence.

  • Assisted clients in obtaining Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources exemptions to build on former solid waste disposal (landfill) sites, including negotiating appropriate sampling protocols, engineering controls and monitoring programs. Clients have included real estate developers, automotive dealerships and paper companies. End uses have included large retail complexes, new condominiums, converted loft condominiums, automotive dealer showrooms and service centers, and recreational parks, including baseball diamonds and a rowing club.

  • Represented clients in obtaining eligibility and subsequent financial reimbursement from the Wisconsin Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund (PECFA) Program for site investigation and remediation of petroleum releases from eligible underground storage tanks (USTs).

  • Assisted municipalities in the creation of Environmental TIF Districts, to assist in redevelopment of contaminated properties.

  • Assisted clients in obtaining eligibility and financial reimbursement for the investigation and cleanup of solvent releases from dry cleaning facilities, from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) Program.

  • Represented a municipality that will be the location of a new county-owned solid waste landfill. The representation culminated in a comprehensive negotiated siting agreement addressing the construction, operation, financial and long-term care of the landfill.

  • Represented a variety of commercial and residential property owners in the investigation and cleanup of toxic mold.

  • Represented a client in obtaining all state approvals needed to redevelop an existing building, and construct a new parking lot above a former coal ash fill area. This project included the use of an innovative construction technique.

Harvard CollegeAB 1984Harvard Law School
Milwaukee Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationNational LGBT Bar AssociationMetropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Environmental Management Council Federation of Environmental Technologists

Office Location

411 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4426
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Counseling, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Permitting, Industry, Real Estate, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)