The firm’s Environmental Practice Group pairs its litigation experience with its vast regulatory knowledge and first-rate transactional capabilities to help businesses and property owners navigate a complex statutory framework and comply with environmental regulations while avoiding pitfalls that can sink business growth.
Our services include representation in environmental litigation, government enforcement actions, corporate and real estate transactions, solid and hazardous waste landfill regulation, air quality regulation and general regulatory compliance.
Neal Gerber Eisenberg is highly ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey within Environmental Law.
Our Clients & Services
We represent large commercial and industrial companies, real estate development and property management companies, individual property owners and industry trade associations, among others, in:
Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
The firm represents clients on a national basis in private litigation and government enforcement actions. Our litigation experience touches the entire spectrum of environmental claims, including common law disputes over contaminated property and statutory claims under state and federal environmental laws. Our environmental attorneys have specific experience in Superfund and RCRA litigation, landfill cases, class actions and contract disputes involving environmental issues. In addition, we have handled numerous toxic tort matters, including chemical exposure cases and mold and asbestos litigation.
CERCLA sets the framework for potential joint and several, retroactive liabilities across all industries that use, store, generate, transport or dispose of hazardous substances. In addition to cost recovery and contribution claims pursued or defended in court, our attorneys help navigate clients through the CERCLA liability scheme and evaluate the risks presented by any particular fact circumstance or transaction. Additionally, we counsel on all stages of the Superfund process, from EPA information requests to allocations of responsibility between potentially responsible parties.
Environmental risks and liabilities can undermine any corporate or real estate transaction. Due to the often hidden nature of such risks and the seemingly unlimited potential liability for cleanup costs, as well as the negative consequences of owning and operating a contaminated property or facility, environmental issues can kill a good deal or impair the ability to finance a transaction. Through environmental site assessments, compliance audits and other types of due diligence review, we identify environmental risks and offer solutions.
Regulatory Compliance Counseling
Our firm works with companies and agencies in connection with air and water permits, RCRA permits, underground storage tank requirements and general compliance issues that arise under all types of regulatory schemes. When enforcement becomes necessary, we defend our clients vigorously, and when appropriate, we work with government officials to negotiate penalties, compliance schedules or other methods of achieving compliance.