Rodd Bender has concentrated on brownfield transactions and compliance counseling across a variety of regulatory programs since joining Manko, Gold, Katcher and Fox LLP in 1997. He has extensive experience structuring environmental due diligence for real estate and business transactions, negotiating environmental provisions in transactional documents, and advising developers on satisfying state and federal cleanup programs and property transfer laws consistent with business objectives. For brownfield projects Rodd has negotiated environmental insurance policies and agency liability protection agreements, and counseled clients on public involvement strategies.
In the regulatory compliance arena, Rodd has advised and provided training to companies on complex regulatory programs such as hazardous waste management, release and right-to-know reporting, storage tank operations and corrective action, spill prevention and countermeasures, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) use and cleanups, asbestos workplace standards, and stormwater permitting. He has provided legal oversight for regulatory compliance audits of multi-facility clients, both confidentially and involving disclosure to and negotiation of reduced penalties with federal and state agencies under voluntary disclosure policies. Rodd has also represented clients to resolve agency enforcement actions alleging violations of regulatory requirements.