Contaminated Sites

Our Environmental team is fully versed and experienced in every facet of the problems posed by contaminated property, from defending against toxic tort claims, federal Superfund enforcement, and RCRA citizen suit litigation, to navigating the labyrinth of overlapping cleanup authorities, managing the regulatory process, and conducting brownfields and risk transfer transactions that lead to successful redevelopment. When we partner with our clients on a complex contaminated site, we frequently work with in-house counsel, engineers and scientists, public and community affairs personnel, and real estate and insurance experts charged with various aspects of managing the site.

While the strategies we employ at a contaminated site may require complex and often novel solutions, our goals are straightforward: to successfully defend litigation surrounding the site, to arrive at a cost-effective and technically achievable remedy, to mitigate the public and community relations problems likely to be encountered as a result of the site, and to assist the client with site redevelopment.


The Mosaic Company Settlement of major EPA enforcement action

Successfully negotiated a complex settlement of RCRA action.

Global design and manufacturing company Sale of Superfund listed property

Represented seller of a Superfund site in Silicon Valley.

Honeywell Baker et al. v. Saint Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. et al.

Lead toxic tort counsel in class action and toxic tort suits in Hoosick Falls, NY.

Honeywell New York/New Jersey Waterways

CERCLA remedial investigations at numerous sites in the New York/New Jersey waterways.

Atlantic Richfield Nuclear disposal site

Remediation of nuclear disposal site.



Law of Environmental Protection
(Chapter 16, Addressing the Toxic Substances Control Act), Environmental Law Institute
Sovereign Immunity Protects New Jersey from Spill Act Liability
Untangling CERCLA Divisibility and the Fox River Litigation
Arnold & Porter Advisory
EPA Guidance Brings Consistency, Preserves Flexibility (pdf)

Daily Journal

9th Circ. Deepens Split Over Complex CERCLA Sites (pdf)

Environmental Law360. Also ran in Appellate Law360, California Law360, Energy Law360, Product Liability Law360 and Texas Law360.


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