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