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Environment — Massachusetts


Foley Hoag LLP - Environment

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Market-leading environmental practice in Massachusetts with deep experience in litigation, compliance and transactional matters. Highly regarded for its broad base of expertise in areas such as the CAA and CWA, Superfunds and climate change mitigation.

Strengths Market sources confirm that "they have the premier place in the market," describing them as "spectacular: incredibly professional, incredibly smart and incredible problem solvers."

"The Foley Hoag team provides high-quality legal services, at a reasonable price relative to its larger firm peers. They are efficient and don't waste their client's time or money. Their model of developing highly specialized and highly knowledgeable niche practice areas is very attractive," explains one satisfied client.

Work highlights Secured an unanimous ruling by the Massachusetts State Judicial Court that overturned an order by the Department of Public Utilities enabling the procurement of $3 billion in new gas infrastructure and the recovery of expenses from electric ratepayers. The firm acted for ENGIE Gas & LNG in the dispute.

Advised Vineyard Wind on the development of an offshore wind energy facility, including handling permitting issues and a power purchase solicitation.

Significant clients EMD Millipore, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Tufts University, City of South Portland, First Light Power Resources.

Notable practitioners

Commentators note that Seth Jaffe possesses "excellent technical knowledge mixed with a keen appreciation for business issues and realities." His impressively broad practice includes expertise in the CAA, CWA and RCRA.

Adam Kahn is praised by market sources for his "strong technical knowledge and commercial awareness, his very effective representation and excellent client service." Kahn is well regarded for his work across a number of matters, including energy, brownfields and remediation concerns.

Associate Kathleen Brill is "a standout in terms of her expertise, responsiveness and overall work product," clients confirm. Her practice includes a focus on Chapter 91 wastewater matters and clean air enforcement work.

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Goulston & Storrs - Environment

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What the team is known for Distinguished for its niche in the environmental aspects of real estate and well known for its expertise in regulatory matters, brownfield redevelopment and property transactions. Provides high-quality representation of developers, investors and private equity companies. Well regarded for its strength in the environmental insurance space.

Strengths Clients are quick to outline the firm's strengths: "They are tremendously easy to work with, solutions-oriented, highly knowledgeable and experienced, and they understand our tolerance for risks."

Other interviewees commend the team's "incredibly deep talent pool, exceptional knowledge and efficiency in solving problems."

Work highlights Acted for a brownfield developer on the acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of a site previously used as a pesticide manufacturing facility.

Advised a retailer on the conversion of an existing property into a large retail unit, which included handling the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls in the building materials.

Significant clients Audax Private Equity, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Boston Properties.

Notable practitioners

"Regulatory expert" Ned Abelson is praised by market sources for his "excellent knowledge in all areas of environmental real estate issues" and his "strong business sense." Abelson is singled out for his strength in brownfield redevelopments, environmental insurance issues and transactions.

William Seuch advises clients on a range of matters related to property transactions and industrial redevelopments. Commentators note that he is "exceptional at solving complex problems to ensure a practical business outcome."

Sources call associate Kate Velasquez-Heller a "true asset on complex environmental issues" for her "fantastic technical knowledge." She advises clients on matters such as contaminated property, green building strategies and regulatory compliance.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC - Environment

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in brownfield remediation, cleanups and enforcement litigation. Particularly experienced in all matters related to CERCLA and RCRA concerns. Also experienced in the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, and permitting and compliance strategies.

Strengths Impressed clients state: "The firm's most notable strengths are the practicality and strength of the advice and the efficiency of the time spent on any given matter. They stand out in these areas."

Commentators also stress the firm's approach to client service: "They are always so quick to respond and helpful with issues that arise."

Notable practitioners

Ralph Child is singled out by interviewees for his "superior technical knowledge." He is noted for his expert representation of clients such as government agencies, manufacturers and developers in a wide array of air, waste and pollution matters.

"Phenomenal environmental lawyer" Jeffrey Porter has an "encyclopedic knowledge" of state laws and regulations, according to interviewees. He is highly experienced at handling transactions and disputes, frequently on behalf of energy, manufacturing and retail entities.

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Anderson & Kreiger LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Scores highly for its representation of municipalities in environmental litigation and enforcement matters. Noted for its quality energy practice, covering a wide range of compliance and permitting matters.

Strengths Industry sources state: "It's a very good firm with a lot of smart people there. They are very capable litigators."

Interviewees describe the firm as "very effective in getting what is needed in negotiations."

Notable practitioners

"Terrific" attorney Arthur Kreiger wins praise from peers as a "smart and practical lawyer" who represents both municipalities and individuals in environmental matters. His expertise includes litigation involving contamination and permitting issues.

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Beveridge & Diamond PC - Environment

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What the team is known for Well-respected environmental practice offering high-quality litigation services and transactional advice. Experts in air and water regulation as well as in solid and hazardous waste management. Frequently handles permitting matters for industrial facilities and plant expansion projects.

Strengths One interviewee details the firm's "great client service and expertise," adding that it provides "excellent value for money on regulatory and litigation matters and advice."

Another client describes the firm as "high-performing," noting: "Every interaction with the team is efficient, effective and professional."

Work highlights Defended J.P. Routhier & Sons Recycling against a citizens suit alleging that the client's main facility was noncompliant with CWA regulations.

Significant clients Siemens Industry, Waste Management, American Chemistry Council, City of Springfield, SunCoke Energy.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees state that Jeanine Grachuk is "an extraordinary professional who is wonderful to work with." She is noted for the quality of her brownfield and site cleanup work, which form part of her broad environmental insurance and regulatory compliance practice.

Stephen Richmond is well regarded for his "great technical knowledge," which he brings to bear on a range of environmental regulatory and permitting work. He is particularly esteemed for his expertise in solid waste and waste-to-energy matters.

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Goodwin - Environment

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its expert handling of cleanups and brownfield redevelopment projects. Accomplished litigators with experience in a range of toxic tort and natural resources damages cases. Also strong in permitting disputes, acting for clients such as industrial operators, energy generators and real estate developers.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "highly thoughtful and strategic guidance," confirming that they "receive an excellent return on our investment with Goodwin."

Work highlights Advised New Balance Athletic Shoe on permitting issues arising from its planned mixed-use development project in Boston, handling matters such as property acquisition and remediation.

Represented UniFirst in a number of actions, including the defense of a multimillion-dollar claim concerning a hazardous waste disposal site affecting the construction of the Green Line Extension project.

Significant clients Massachusetts Port Authority, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Waste Management, Cabot Corporation, Rockwood Capital.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Bibler maintains a broad environmental practice that includes regulatory compliance and transactions, as well as a notable focus on disputes and enforcement proceedings. He is held in high esteem for his work in areas such as brownfield cleanups and toxic tort cases.

Elise Zoli is a "very commercial, technically knowledgeable and effective" attorney with a "top-grade intellect," according to commentators. She is an acknowledged expert in both conventional and renewable energy litigation and climate change concerns.

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Mackie Shea, PC - Environment

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What the team is known for Respected practice, noted for its litigation prowess and representations before state and federal regulatory agencies. Noted for its effective handling of licensing disputes. Broad experience in matters such as solid waste management, renewable energy plants, and residential and commercial developments.

Strengths Clients commend the team's "excellence in strategic thinking, drafting of arguments and very successful litigation."

Interviewees also note the group's deep-rooted expertise: "The Mackie Shea team is extremely well versed in Massachusetts environmental law."

Work highlights Represented the Town of Concord in permitting matters concerning upgrades to the municipal water treatment system that involved several water rights issues.

Advised Prolerized New England Company on the assessment and cleanup of a former waste disposal site at a metal recycling facility.

Significant clients United Waste Management, Toll Brothers, Republic Waste Services, Palmer Renewable Energy, Schnitzer Steel Industries.

Notable practitioners

Environmental litigator Thomas Mackie's strengths are his "excellent technical knowledge and excellent client communication," sources report. Peers declare that he is "one of the best solid waste lawyers in the state, bar none." Mackie also offers expertise in CWA permitting matters.

John Shea uses his "very strong understanding and appreciation of municipal law" and his "very good technical knowledge and effective client service" across a broad range of environmental matters. His expertise extends to solid waste, water supply and permitting concerns.

"Outstanding litigator" Peter Durning is praised by sources for his "sharp legal mind" and his "impressive knowledge and work ethic." He focuses on permitting disputes, enforcement defense and contaminated property matters.

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Nixon Peabody LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Stands out for its expertise in energy regulation and enforcement, and is particularly proficient at overseeing the environmental aspects of renewable energy projects. Frequently acts for clients in litigation and government investigations. Also adept at handling brownfield redevelopment, industrial permitting and land use matters.

Strengths Impressed clients say: "It's an excellent firm that is very knowledgeable, responsive and reasonably priced. They don't nickel and dime you."

One interviewee highlights the firm's consistent approach: "With Nixon Peabody, I can always expect high-quality work."

Notable practitioners

Ruth Silman draws high praise from interviewees as a "deal-maker not a deal-breaker." She is particularly noted for her extensive climate change and CAA practice, while also offering expertise across areas such as permitting and land use work.

Donald Cooper draws on his background in engineering to provide expert advice on a range of energy transmission and generation projects. He is also an active litigator who regularly acts on construction disputes. One interviewee states: "When Don recommends something, I have total confidence that he's offering his best thinking."

Department profile by Nixon Peabody LLP

Our nationally recognized environmental team helps clients spot and avoid present and potential environmental issues before they become big problems.

Whether you’re encountering serious environmental compliance issues, trying to protect yourself from acquiring environmental liabilities in a merger or acquisition or facing toxic tort or property damage litigation—we’re on the ground to guide you.

From regulatory counsel to transactions and litigation, we forge strategic and practical approaches that maximize opportunities and minimize risk. We join forces with our clients to understand their business drivers, predict future hurdles and move their business forward.

We offer our clients a highly qualified in-house team of environmental engineers and scientists. With every technically complex permitting, remediation and regulatory compliance issue, we go the extra mile for our clients.

We always have been and always will be pioneers in environmental law both in the U.S. and internationally.

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP - Environment

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What the team is known for Offers robust litigation services and permitting counsel to clients across a number of industries. Also offers notable strength in the representation of municipal clients on a host of environmental concerns. Expertise includes Superfund and solid waste matters, as well as in the CAA and CWA.

Strengths Sources praise the team's "excellent experience and knowledge" as well as its "wide range of expertise and knowledge of what's current."

Clients commend the firm's "strong and capable bench," stating: "They can muster strength whenever needed."

Work highlights Advised the Town of Tyngsborough on the implementation of a wastewater management plan and corresponding negotiations with neighboring communities.

Acted for the City of Haverhill in a number of different proceedings, including the negotiation of solid waste contracts and the closure of a federal Superfund site.

Significant clients AVX Corporation, CITGO Petroleum, City of Lowell, City of Revere, Honeywell.

Notable practitioners

Mary Ryan has a "stellar reputation" within the Massachusetts environmental Bar for her adroit handling of complex litigation. She is acclaimed for her work in the hazardous waste, Superfund and environmental insurance spaces. Clients describe her as "highly focused," while also highlighting her "compassion and thoughtfulness."

Michael Leon combines "excellent client service and knowledge of environmental legal issues with exceptional negotiating skills," sources confirm. He regularly acts for municipal clients on a full spectrum of regulatory matters, including issues involving wastewater, wetlands and solid waste.

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Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

"Regulatory expert" Ned Abelson is praised by market sources for his "excellent knowledge in all areas of environmental real estate issues" and his "strong business sense." Abelson is singled out for his strength in brownfield redevelopments, environmental insurance issues and transactions.

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Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Bibler maintains a broad environmental practice that includes regulatory compliance and transactions, as well as a notable focus on disputes and enforcement proceedings. He is held in high esteem for his work in areas such as brownfield cleanups and toxic tort cases.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ralph Child is singled out by interviewees for his "superior technical knowledge." He is noted for his expert representation of clients such as government agencies, manufacturers and developers in a wide array of air, waste and pollution matters.

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Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Goodheart of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC is "the pinnacle of the environmental litigation practice," according to commentators. She is singled out for her "excellent technical skills" and her prowess in the courtroom. One source states: "She's whip-smart, has great instincts and is an incredibly nice person to work with."

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Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators note that Seth Jaffe possesses "excellent technical knowledge mixed with a keen appreciation for business issues and realities." His impressively broad practice includes expertise in the CAA, CWA and RCRA.

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Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Kahn is praised by market sources for his "strong technical knowledge and commercial awareness, his very effective representation and excellent client service." Kahn is well regarded for his work across a number of matters, including energy, brownfields and remediation concerns.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Kirsch of WilmerHale is recommended by interviewees as a "great authority on environmental matters." Kirsch defends clients against criminal, civil and administrative investigations, trials and appeals.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenal environmental lawyer" Jeffrey Porter has an "encyclopedic knowledge" of state laws and regulations, according to interviewees. He is highly experienced at handling transactions and disputes, frequently on behalf of energy, manufacturing and retail entities.

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Ryan has a "stellar reputation" within the Massachusetts environmental Bar for her adroit handling of complex litigation. She is acclaimed for her work in the hazardous waste, Superfund and environmental insurance spaces. Clients describe her as "highly focused," while also highlighting her "compassion and thoughtfulness."

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Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

William Seuch advises clients on a range of matters related to property transactions and industrial redevelopments. Commentators note that he is "exceptional at solving complex problems to ensure a practical business outcome."

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Bowditch & Dewey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Robert Cox of Bowditch & Dewey LLP is celebrated for his expertise in hazardous waste, clean air and clean water disputes. He is recognized as a go-to litigator for clients requiring representation before the Department of Environmental Protection and EPA.

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Anderson & Kreiger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific" attorney Arthur Kreiger wins praise from peers as a "smart and practical lawyer" who represents both municipalities and individuals in environmental matters. His expertise includes litigation involving contamination and permitting issues.

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Leon combines "excellent client service and knowledge of environmental legal issues with exceptional negotiating skills," sources confirm. He regularly acts for municipal clients on a full spectrum of regulatory matters, including issues involving wastewater, wetlands and solid waste.

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Environmental litigator Thomas Mackie's strengths are his "excellent technical knowledge and excellent client communication," sources report. Peers declare that he is "one of the best solid waste lawyers in the state, bar none." Mackie also offers expertise in CWA permitting matters.

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Michelle N O'Brien

Pierce Atwood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Wonderful lawyer" Michelle O'Brien of Pierce Atwood LLP uses her "wealth of knowledge" to assist clients on matters such as transactions involving contaminated sites, enforcement defense and property damage cases arising from the release of hazardous materials. Sources highlight her "terrific litigation strategy."

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Shea uses his "very strong understanding and appreciation of municipal law" and his "very good technical knowledge and effective client service" across a broad range of environmental matters. His expertise extends to solid waste, water supply and permitting concerns.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ruth Silman draws high praise from interviewees as a "deal-maker not a deal-breaker." She is particularly noted for her extensive climate change and CAA practice, while also offering expertise across areas such as permitting and land use work.

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Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Elise Zoli is a "very commercial, technically knowledgeable and effective" attorney with a "top-grade intellect," according to commentators. She is an acknowledged expert in both conventional and renewable energy litigation and climate change concerns.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Industry sources identify Peter Alpert of Ropes & Gray LLP as a "phenomenal" lawyer whose practice "marries together technical, legal and business excellence." He is particularly noted for his handling of remediation and Superfund matters.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Cooper draws on his background in engineering to provide expert advice on a range of energy transmission and generation projects. He is also an active litigator who regularly acts on construction disputes. One interviewee states: "When Don recommends something, I have total confidence that he's offering his best thinking."

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Outstanding litigator" Peter Durning is praised by sources for his "sharp legal mind" and his "impressive knowledge and work ethic." He focuses on permitting disputes, enforcement defense and contaminated property matters.

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leigh Gilligan of McCarter & English, LLP "displays a perfect blend of commanding legal knowledge and creative business know-how," clients say. Gilligan deals with a wide range of environmental matters related to real estate development, with particular skill in Superfund and permitting issues.

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Jeanine L G Grachuk

Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees state that Jeanine Grachuk is "an extraordinary professional who is wonderful to work with." She is noted for the quality of her brownfield and site cleanup work, which form part of her broad environmental insurance and regulatory compliance practice.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Gutter of Sidley Austin LLP is much sought after for his expertise in enforcement and regulatory litigation concerning a wide range of environmental issues. He is particularly noted for his experience in remediation and CERCLA matters.

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Hamilton H Hackney

Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

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Hamilton Hackney of Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C. is "one of the most prominent attorneys for Clean Water Act issues in the region," industry sources attest. His diverse practice includes the handling of enforcement defense, brownfield work and hazardous waste matters.

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Stephen M Richmond

Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Richmond is well regarded for his "great technical knowledge," which he brings to bear on a range of environmental regulatory and permitting work. He is particularly esteemed for his expertise in solid waste and waste-to-energy matters.

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Associates to watch

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Kathleen Brill is "a standout in terms of her expertise, responsiveness and overall work product," clients confirm. Her practice includes a focus on Chapter 91 wastewater matters and clean air enforcement work.

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Associates to watch

Kate Velasquez-Heller

Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources call associate Kate Velasquez-Heller a "true asset on complex environmental issues" for her "fantastic technical knowledge." She advises clients on matters such as contaminated property, green building strategies and regulatory compliance.

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