Overview

The depth and scope of our environmental law practice stems from our first-hand knowledge of regulatory procedures and our proven ability to meet ever-escalating enforcement challenges. Stinson's environmental lawyers navigate the complexities of permitting, defend against enforcement proceedings and litigate environmental claims across the full range of major and emerging environmental laws at federal, state and local levels. Our experience fuels representation of businesses and government entities in key industry sectors nationwide, including energy, public utilities, agriculture, industrial, chemical, manufacturing, real estate development and finance. 

Our experience also spans the laws protecting natural resources, particularly those that relate to site development and contaminant release response. In addition, we represent clients in environmental disputes arising from land use and environmental review laws, as well as transactional documents such as asset purchase agreements, mortgages and leases. We also regularly assist with the identification and mitigation of environmental liabilities in business transactions. 

Regulatory Compliance

We leverage in-depth understanding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. We navigate Brownfields redevelopment projects, negotiate complex real estate and zoning permitting issues, assist with mining and mineral management operations, and participate in crafting significant environmental legislation and regulations to keep our clients compliant with state, federal and local environmental laws. 

Enforcement Defense

Our team includes attorneys who have held senior leadership positions with the EPA and state environmental and natural resources agencies. We draw on this experience to defend businesses confronted with a wide array of regulatory enforcement actions. Attorneys effectively counsel on corrective actions, negotiate to reduce or eliminate penalties, coordinate defense against potential environmental cleanup liabilities, and defend OSHA enforcement actions. 

Litigation

We blend relevant government experience and keen understanding of the environmental regulations with a successful track record in complex environmental litigation. Our team handles cases concerning hazardous waste disposal and storage, air and water pollution, and exposure to toxic substances. 

Attorneys represent clients in Superfund and toxic tort litigation, insurance coverage litigation and other emerging areas such as hydraulic fracturing. We have represented clients in cost recovery and contribution actions under CERCLA and state laws, as well as proceedings stemming from RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental laws and regulations. 

Our powerful combination of historical enforcement perspectives, litigation and trial experience, and regulatory and compliance knowledge provide companies the legal resources they need to manage enterprise-wide environmental litigation.


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