Find Lawyers in America for Timber Law
Practice Area Overview
Regulatory regimes that can apply include federal endangered species, clean water and clean air acts; hazardous material, insect, and disease control, and import/export laws; differing rules for management and use of federal and state timber-producing lands; state forest practices acts; and local county and municipal land use and other ordinances. Leasing, contracting, and regulatory rules pertaining to mining, oil and gas, recreation use, water rights, and, more recently, biomass energy may apply to forest land management and activities, as well as the particular requirements applicable to timber sales, harvest, and forest treatment operations. Real estate issues include subdivision, easement, and other access issues, adverse possession, and boundary disputes. Tort and criminal law issues include timber and land trespass, vandalism, and recreation use and fire liability. A range of safety, employment, and other operational requirements apply to timber management and harvest activities and forest products manufacture. Choice of business entity, tax considerations, and inheritance rules can be instrumental in planning and management for ownership, purchase, sale, or lease of forest lands and timber.
Individual timber law practitioners are likely to specialize or focus upon a portion of the many subjects and categories of substantive law described above, although they may have a working knowledge of much more. Some lawyers practicing in the timber arena may similarly focus on litigation, while others will concentrate on transactional counseling and representation. The field encompasses rulemaking, legislation, and other policy-level practice as well. Forest industry enterprises, investments, trade, and related disputes, transactions and other legal work have for many years included large international as well as interstate dimensions. More sophisticated, complex or high-value matters may require a team of attorneys with paralegal and other support to achieve quality, cost-effective results.
Gerald Burnett practices on a multi-regional basis in all areas of commercial real estate, tax-free exchanges, tax law and disputes, commercial transactions, timber law and wealth transfer planning. He has had substantial experience in the litigation of tax controversies, having tried jury and non-jury tax cases in eight states. He has served as lead counsel in, negotiated and closed commercial real estate transactions in eighteen states. Some of his out-of-state work includes commercial proj...
George is passionate about achieving the best practical result, but he tries not to lose sight of humor and humanity in the process. He has been practicing law for over four decades and focuses on litigating, arbitrating, and mediating business and construction disputes. His trial experience is extensive and multi-faceted, before juries and arbitrators alike throughout New England and New York, including numerous construction and design claims, some involving tens of millions of dollars; prod...
Bob Maynard focuses his practice on environment, energy, and natural resources law. His practice includes project development, acquisitions, and other transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation. His experience includes forest products/timber, government contracts/leasing/permitting, historic preservation, Indian law, land use/real estate, minerals, oil & gas, power generation and transmission, public lands, recreation/resort, and water law matters. His experience extends to fede...
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