Steve Leifer, Chairman of the Environmental Department, handles a broad array of environmentally-related litigation, including Superfund cost recovery, toxic tort and products liability litigation, civil enforcement proceedings and environmental bankruptcy claims. He is national counsel to petroleum and chemical companies with respect to product liability lawsuits across the country. He handles a number of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of alleged exposure to hazardous substances and litigates CERCLA claims against both the government and private parties.
Mr. Leifer provides counsel to a number of leading chemical, petroleum, utility and manufacturing companies on remediation and compliance issues arising under Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), the Clean Water Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, pesticides and toxic substances legislation, DOT requirements and similar programs, including reporting obligations, cleanup standards, consent decree and consent order negotiations, permitting and all areas of environmental management and compliance.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Leifer worked for eleven years for the Environmental Protection Agency. In his most recent position at the EPA, he acted as director of the Hazardous Waste Enforcement Division, where he supervised policy development and litigation support activities for the Superfund, RCRA and EPCRA programs
North Birmingham Toxic Tort Action — 22 cases, each with approximately 100 plaintiffs, have been filed against a coke oven facility in Alabama state court. The plaintiffs alleged that they have suffered personal injuries and property damage as a results of emissions from the facility.
In Re MTBE Product Liability Litigation — A variety of public water suppliers and state agencies have brought scores of cases around the country alleging that gasoline containing methyl tertiary butyl ether is a defective product. Most of the cases have been consolidated as part of a mulitdistrict litigation proceeding pending in the Southern District of New York. I serve as national counsel to two refiners with respect to all of the MTBE cases.
Kelecseny v. Chevron, et al. — Plaintiffs sought to certify a class action on behalf of Florida boat owners against a variety of producers of ethanol-containing gasoline. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants failed to warn of the potential adverse effects of ethanol. Class certification was defeated and the matter was resolved for a nominal sum.