Regulatory proceedings are often precursors to or components of environmental litigation. Our attorneys have the practical and technical experience necessary to achieve our port clients' goals within the regulatory process, whether those goals are reducing or recovering the cost of remediation, meeting regulatory and reporting requirements, responding to spills or agency investigations, or proving responsibility for a release. We work with our clients, as well as other responsible parties and governmental agencies, to achieve practical solutions to environmental problems within the regulatory process or to best position our clients in the event of future litigation.
In addition to representing ports in environmental regulatory and litigation matters, our attorneys also represent clients in efforts to limit or avoid exposure to environmental problems. Because our attorneys regularly litigate environmental matters, we see firsthand the issues that could be avoided or mitigated with proper environmental risk management and due diligence. We work with our clients to develop and implement contractual and regulatory safeguards to environmental issues, 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.