Clients often find themselves responsible for environmental damage caused by other parties. Such liability may arise due to joint and several liability imposed by either state or federal environmental statutes, or oftentimes it is merely because the client is the landowner of property contaminated by others, such as historical tenants. Our attorneys are able to obtain substantial recoveries for clients that partially or completely offset environmental remediation costs associated with these sites. Often, the contamination is not identified until decades after the contaminating activity has ceased. Identification of responsible parties can be difficult and may require extensive tracing of corporate history and analysis of corporate transactions. Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC has extensive experience and skillsets associated with the identification and pursuit of responsible parties. Further, our attorneys assist in the identification and collection of other sources of contribution, such as historical insurance policies and indemnification agreements.
When we founded our firm in January 2008, a key goal was to expand our practice in this area by demonstrating the value of a vigorous cost recovery approach to clients with multiple sites posing historical and current environmental risks. Shortly thereafter, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was selected by a Fortune 100 client as co-national counsel to oversee, manage and prosecute a docket of cost recovery claims west of the Mississippi River. We continue in that capacity today, and remain committed to providing value to our clients through cost recovery matters. We regularly consider handling such matters on alternative fee arrangements, including a contingency fee basis.