In addition to representing clients in environmental regulatory and litigation matters, our attorneys represent clients in efforts to limit or avoid exposure to environmental problems associated with business transactions. Environmental laws and regulations assign environmental liabilities based on the ownership of land and operation of commercial and industrial facilities; thus businesses must factor environmental considerations into their transactions and operations. Because our attorneys regularly litigate environmental matters, we see firsthand the issues that could be avoided or mitigated with proper due diligence and environmental risk management. We have represented a wide variety of clients, including real estate developers, landlords and tenants, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and institutional landowners, in transactions involving contaminated properties.
The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC routinely negotiate and facilitate mergers and asset sales and purchases of businesses with environmentally impacted properties or environmentally sensitive operations. The firm's attorneys have particular experience in property transfer issues, easement and leasehold negotiations, sale and leaseback arrangements, indemnity protections, and the negotiation and administration of property cleanup and remediation agreements. We also work through the due diligence process, including evaluation of Phase I and Phase II reports or other site assessments, and review of permits, operational data, and agency records, to ensure all appropriate inquiries are conducted and that transactions are structured to account for environmental liabilities. Similarly, our attorneys work with our clients to develop and implement contractual and regulatory safeguards to environmental risk, including environmental indemnities and warranties, cleanup and remediation agreements, and environmental insurance, as well as participation in state voluntary cleanup programs and federal Brownfields initiatives.
In sum, at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, we strive to provide our clients with environmental counsel and guidance over the life of a transaction or business that adds substantial value and reduces long-term operational costs and liabilities.