Find Lawyers in Hartford, Connecticut for Environmental Law
Doug Cohen has practiced in the energy and environmental field since 1980, first at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and then at the US Department of Justice. Since 1988, he has been in private practice primarily representing developers, and manufacturing and industrial clients, financial institutions and utilities. Doug has experience in all areas of energy and environmental law, including utility and environmental litigation, utility and environmental permitting, environ-m...
Franca DeRosa’s practice encompasses all aspects of energy and environmental law, including counseling and assistance relating to compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. She has counseled corporations, manufacturers, developers, and utility companies on a variety of environmental and regulatory matters. Franca has been involved in the acquisition, restructure and development of various electric generating facilities. She has counseled corporate and institutional c...
Lee D. Hoffman is chair of Pullman & Comley's Regulatory, Energy and Telecommunications Department and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Lee litigates and advises clients in the areas of environmental law, energy and utility matters and toxic tort suits. Lee advises clients on various environmental matters including counseling them on environmental compliance issues, the redevelopment of contaminated properties (“brownfields”) to productive use, assisting with fac...
Phil Small, Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Energy, Utilities and Environmental Group, has over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in energy, public utility and environmental law. His energy and public utility law experience includes siting of energy and telecommunications facilities; development, acquisitions, sales and purchases of generating facilities; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; interconnection, equipment sales, and O&M agreements; wholesale and...
Diane W. Whitney, chair of the firm's Land Use section of the firm's Real Estate and Land Use department, practices in the areas of environmental, toxic torts and land use law. Diane represents businesses, individuals and municipalities in all areas of environmental and land use planning and permitting. Her litigation experience includes trial and appellate work in environmental matters, toxic torts and land use, and representation before administrative agencies including siting of utilities ...
Environmental Law Definition
Environmental law involves an intricate matrix of federal and state public welfare statutes enacted to protect both human health and our natural resources. The economic and socio-geopolitical impact of these laws requires the practice of environmental law to continuously evolve. Areas of environmental law include the following:
The input and experience of an environmental lawyer is crucial in designing, supporting, and auditing environmental compliance systems. Environmental lawyers often participate in the administrative process on the federal and state level to encourage sound rulemaking. They also assist clients in sorting through regulatory ambiguities, which sometimes arise in enforcement proceedings.
Environmental litigation occurs at both the civil and criminal level. Enforcement proceedings with federal and state regulators are conducted through either administrative adjudications or in court. Most federal environmental statutes have citizen suit provisions allowing individuals to initiate enforcement litigation on behalf of the government. Suits contesting environmental permits and siting decisions occur frequently and can cause significant delays for projects. Superfund designations are a source of significant litigation, particularly in the cost recovery area. Other areas of environmental litigation include: toxic torts, natural resource damages, water rights disputes, brownfields, endangered species challenges, climate change, and groundwater contamination suits.
Environmental laws can significantly impact the economics of an M&A or real property transaction. If a facility does not have the entitlements to operate; has an expensive compliance issue that must be remedied; or has significant cleanup liability, it can materially alter the viability and/or structure of a deal. Clients depend on environmental lawyers to establish deal parameters and translate risks into economic terms for the valuation process.
Strategic Corporate Planning
Depending on how environmental regulations develop, a company could gain a significant economic advantage over its competitors. Evolving regulation in areas such greenhouse gas emissions have the potential of altering the business model of some companies, while creating growth opportunities for others.
Events such as the Deepwater Horizon accident are redefining the roles of senior executives and boards of directors. There is a new wave of internal controls that many corporations are implementing in response to regulatory and shareholder influence.
An environmental crisis such as an oil spill, toxic leak, or refinery explosion can be a defining moment in the history of a corporation. When a crisis hits, all aspects of environmental law come into play and requires experienced, clear-eyed counsel to help corporations, municipalities, and other impacted entities to successfully respond to and emerge from such an event.
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