Mr. Halsey's practice covers all aspects of environmental and land use law, including litigation, transactional advice and regulatory matters. During the last thirty-five years, Mr. Halsey has tried numerous cases in state and federal court with a special emphasis on cost recovery claims and land use disputes involving wetlands and endangered species. He has represented manufacturers, developers, and property owners in complex civil litigation and defended enforcement actions brought by the EPA and other federal, state, and local government agencies under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, NEPA, and parallel state and local government regulatory schemes. In 2003, following 11 years of litigation in federal and state courts, Mr. Halsey obtained for property owners in Monroe County, Florida, the largest recovery in U.S. history for a "temporary taking." Mr. Halsey has also defended numerous toxic tort cases based on alleged exposure to a variety of hazardous substances, including creosote, chlorinated solvents and mercury.
Mr. Halsey frequently appears before environmental agencies on regulatory and permitting matters for industrial and developer clients including the nation's largest solid waste company. He coordinates wetlands and endangered species permitting and complex land use matters in highly regulated environments throughout the State of Florida. In addition, he regularly advises corporate clients and financial institutions on environmental risks associated with business transactions.
He is the head of the White & Case LLP Environmental Practice Group and the former chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar. In 1990, Mr. Halsey was the recipient of The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for his legal work on behalf of children in foster care.