Environmental law is always a critical, evolving and often complex area with hidden traps for even the best intentioned. However, given the rising concerns surrounding global climate change and sustainable energy, and pressure on companies to fulfill environmental stewardship standards for shareholders and supply chain vendors, environmental law is at the forefront of public and corporate concern. Environmental law intersects science, law and public policy, thereby requiring consideration of multiple factors when facing an environmental issue or dispute. Enforcement of environmental laws by regulatory agencies continues to rise, regulations and guidance are issued at a head-spinning rate, and the regulated community finds every acquisition, divestiture, business or building expansion under intense scrutiny to verify compliance and to control risk.

Taft’s Environmental attorneys provide clients with focused and practical approaches to the complexities of environmental challenges. Spotting the issues is our specialty; providing common sense and cost-effective solutions is the special value we bring to our clients. Our practice spans civil and criminal law, environmental insurance, toxic tort suits, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, brownfields transactions and financing, sustainability, defense of occupational exposure claims and administrative proceedings. Our relationships with our clients are longstanding, enabling us to anticipate our clients’ needs and to efficiently manage and resolve environmental hurdles associated with their business.

We have served our clients’ environmental legal needs in 42 states across the U.S. We strive to provide our clients with strategic and tactical options to manage risk without breaking the bank, whether it is prying control of a surprise environmental problem from the hands of regulators or negotiating favorable terms in consent agreements and permits to allow business to return to normal.

Our team provides nationally recognized litigation, counseling and dispute resolution services to clients regulated by the alphabet soup of local, state, and federal environmental laws (e.g., CAA, CWA, CERCLA, EPCRA, FIFRA, RCRA, TSCA), as well as emerging issues. Recognitions include Chambers USA, multiple Trial Lawyer of the Year awards and Leading Business Lawyers-Environmental. Furthermore, our team benefits from having a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a former member of the EPA. Put simply, we know our clients’ businesses and develop common sense solutions to allow our clients to resume their core business functions.

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Case Studies

The Right to Clean Water

A cattle farmer, the EPA and 70,000 individuals in West Virginia and Ohio took action against chemical giant DuPont for releasing a dangerous pollutant into the water and environment. Taft’s environmental and litigation lawyers championed the residents’ rights to safe, clean drinking water for over 17 years.

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