Advising clients on compliance with environmental laws and regulations requires a unique set of legal and technical abilities. The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC have the practical knowledge and technical experience necessary to achieve our clients' goals within the regulatory process, whether those goals are compliance monitoring and assurance, investigation and reporting of contamination, responding to spills or air releases, monitoring agency investigations, or mitigating penalties and resolving enforcement actions. Many of our lawyers have science or engineering backgrounds, industry experience, or previous tenure with federal and state agencies or non-governmental organizations, providing a unique understanding of the technical and legal complexities frequently presented in environmental disputes.
Our lawyers are able to help clients proactively avoid environmental issues by evaluating the need for obtaining permits, and where indicated, in securing permit coverage for air emissions and greenhouse gases, water discharges, and waste generation and disposal. Our attorneys have years of experience in regulatory compliance, reporting and cleanup of contamination, agency inspections and investigations, and similar environmental issues. When technical investigations are needed, we draw on our technical knowledge and professional relationships to recommend top-quality environmental professionals, assist in developing the scope of investigation, and facilitate the client's understanding of the results.
When clients are faced with federal or state corrective action or enforcement matters, our lawyers can assist at technical meetings, penalty conferences and administrative hearings, and in negotiating consent decrees and administrative settlements. By addressing environmental incidents early and aggressively, we seek to limit our clients' future costs and exposure. In addition, because of our extensive environmental litigation experience, the firm's attorneys know the issues that can later arise in litigation. With this knowledge, we can help clients avoid potential pitfalls and strategically position themselves during the regulatory process.