We have attorneys that assist with environmental regulatory legal needs and work with real estate developers, manufacturers, and mining companies, and other businesses purchasing, selling, and financing real property. We appreciate that regulatory burdens and the threat of litigation often affect how businesses plan for the future. For that reason, we strive not only to solve todays problems, but to anticipate tomorrows. We apply our knowledge of flexible permitting options, voluntary clean-up projects, and other strategies to help relieve clients of as many regulatory burdens as possible, and to shield them, to the extent feasible, from enforcement actions and third-party litigation.
In assessing a property for sale or purchase, companies need to take environmental regulations into account. We help clients quantify the potential costs of cleaning up a troubled site, and help determine the risks of lawsuits based on the sites environmental conditions. On behalf of our clients, we also obtain from government agencies long-term protection from future legal actions in exchange for agreements to undertake clean-up work. Our clients count on us to know whom to contact – and at which agency – regarding their regulatory concerns.
In addition to serving the private sector, we counsel governments on environmental regulation law. We have assisted municipalities with liability concerns as they coordinated economic-development programs involving the acquisition of property and the transfer of property to the private sector.
Environmental Litigation Defense
Burr & Forman is committed to risk mitigation for our clients. In the context of environmental litigation defense, we focus on reaching favorable solutions through mediation and settlement, thereby keeping clients out of the courtroom. Sometimes, though, litigation is necessary, and we are ready for it when it is. We have defended clients against claims brought by the EPA and state environmental agencies, including claims under federal and state Superfund programs. We defend companies and executives against actions involving the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and other statutes. We represent clients in litigation at trial and on appeal.
Permitting Requirements & Options
Our team advises clients on the requirements and options for permits and authorizations necessary for business operation including air emissions controls, water withdrawals, wastewater discharges, and waste management.
Advise clients on stormwater management requirements, including permits, throughout construction and in daily operations.
Brownfield redevelopment & voluntary property remediation
Secure limitations on liability for prospective purchasers and operators of property.
Due diligence investigations of prospective acquisitions
Provide advice on investigations of environmental aspects of real property and business operations prior to acquisition.
Environmental site assessment review
Ensure compliance with site assessments primarily associated with innocent purchaser protections available under federal Superfund and similar state laws.
Wetlands protection & development
Identify regulated wetlands and advise on compliance with requirements for development or protection of wetlands.
Advise clients on air, water, and waste compliance obligations.
Planning & Zoning
Identify and obtain necessary land use approvals and variances under local government zoning codes, regional development impact planning regimes, and state and federal environmental policy regulations.
Assist with applicable environmental requirements associated with a particular project.