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Environment — Massachusetts


Foley Hoag LLP - Environment Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Work highlights Represented New England Power Generators Association, an organizational body of electric generating companies in New England, in its legal challenge to regulations aiming to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Provided counsel to MPM Silicone regarding an action taken against Union Carbide. The client sought to recover costs of cleaning up PCBs at a chemical manufacturing facility previously owned by the defendant.

Notable practitioners

Seth Jaffe has a stellar reputation in the market for his significant experience across the full spectrum of environmental matters. His areas of expertise including hazardous waste, clean air and water pollution issues.

Adam Kahn is a highly experienced practitioner highlighted for his expertise across a range of environmental and energy issues. He is noted for his considerable skill across brownfields redevelopment, land use and project permitting matters. One client lauds: "He has been outstanding in providing expert counsel; he is extremely practical, very client-aware, and a bright and engaging person to work with."

Kathleen Brill is a well-regarded associate skilled handling an array of environmental matters. She has notable expertise across wetlands, CAA and land use compliance issues.

About the Team (content provided by Foley Hoag LLP)

Foley Hoag’s Environmental Practice Group has been a preeminent national environmental practice for the past twenty years. Our experience allows us to identify critical environmental legal issues early and develop practical, cost-effective strategies to address them. We develop a solid understanding of our clients’ business objectives to provide focused, sound and strategic advice that maximizes opportunities and minimizes cost and liability.

We provide strategic environmental compliance counseling for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, environmental technology firms, institutions, municipalities, and state authorities. Such counseling can range from getting new facilities permitted, to in depth facility- or company-wide audits, to prompt and effective response to non-compliance situations.

Our Environmental Litigation lawyers have an impressive record resolving environmental legal disputes at the negotiating table and in the courtroom without hampering our clients' business operations. The types of cases we handle include:

    Government and Citizen Enforcement Suits

    Private Cost Recovery Actions

    Toxic Tort Claims

    Environmental Insurance Coverage Cases

    International Environmental Disputes Between Sovereign States

Finally, working in conjunction with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice, Foley Hoag Environmental lawyers assist clients with developing and implementing broad-based international CSR programs.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Additionally skilled advising clients on a range of regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "substantive expertise, local connections, knowledge and ability to give practical guidance."

Impressed sources report: "The team is very talented and provides great service."

Work highlights Represented GE in dealings with EPA, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Connecticut in relation to cleanup of the Housatonic River.

Advised Enbridge in connection with the expansion of the Algonquin Transmission natural gas pipeline system. The matter involved state, local and federal permitting issues.

Notable practitioners

Ralph Child is well known for his considerable skill acting for a broad range of clients including real estate developers, public agencies and energy project developers. He is noted for particular expertise in handling contaminated site, air and water pollution and hazardous waste issues.

Chair of the firm's environmental law group, Jeffrey Porter is a highly regarded practitioner who advises on permitting and regulatory compliance issues. He also demonstrates expertise in environmental transactional and litigation matters

Susan Phillips is recognized for her expertise across an array of environmental issues, including land use, permitting compliance and development due diligence. Clients comment: "Susan is a very talented environmental attorney; she is knowledgeable and very thorough," going on to add: "She is a problem solver, very practical and is a pleasure to work with."

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Mintz Levin brings decades of knowledge to bear on the full range of environmental legal issues, providing comprehensive services that run the gamut from project planning and permitting to representing clients in cutting-edge litigation. Knowing that compliance is both a central value and a necessity for any well-run business, we advise you on emerging regulatory developments and provide innovative compliance strategies to help you prevent liability while you contribute to a safer and more sustainable environment.
Our Environmental Law Practice is one of the largest in New England and extends across the United States. Respected by the government and trade associations and earning consistently high ratings from our peers, we often succeed where those with less experience would not. Our clients turn to us for our broad and deep experience and stay with us for the results we deliver.






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Goulston & Storrs - Environment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Also offers experience advising on environmental cost recovery matters.

Strengths A client comments: "They are not only extremely responsive but their responses are substantive, on point and unerring."

Work highlights Advised WS Development in relation to its acquisition and development of Seaport Square, located on Boston's waterfront.

Assisted Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the permitting and redevelopment of an assemblage of property referred to as SOMA (South of Main Street Cambridge), located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Notable practitioners

Ned Abelson is highly regarded for his expertise handling environmental insurance and brownfields matters. He also offers experience advising a host of clients including tenants, lenders and developers in relation to contaminated property issues. Clients remark: "His input and advice have been invaluable."

William Seuch maintains a diverse practice handling complex environmental issues often arising from real estate transactions, industrial redevelopments and corporate mergers. Sources report: "William Seuch is the go-to person for big-picture matters; he is the consummate calm negotiator."

Associate Kate Velasquez-Heller is well known for her knowledge and capabilities across a wide range of environmental matters. She has particular expertise in handling contaminated property, regulatory compliance and sustainable building planning. Clients praise: "Her greatest strength is ability to communicate complicated matters in simple terms."

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Anderson & Kreiger LLP - Environment Department

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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.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Kreiger is highly experienced representing clients in a range of environmental matters, with particular skill handling contamination disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in zoning and land use issues.

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Beveridge & Diamond PC - Environment Department

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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.

Work highlights Represented Siemens Industry in the First Circuit of Appeals in defense of a jury verdict obtained in federal court. The matter concerned allegations brought by Thomas & Betts Corporation that Siemens had liability for PCB contamination in the Mother Brook waterway.

Acted for Union Tank Car Company against a motion to obtain discovery from the client as third party in an ongoing litigation matter between trade associations and Union Pacific.

Notable practitioners

Jeanine Grachuk is "tremendously helpful, knowledgeable and efficient," say sources. She has notable skill handling a range of environmental issues, including brownfields redevelopment, regulatory and permitting compliance and insurance matters.

Stephen Richmond is recognized for his experience handling a wide range of environmental matters. His areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, transactional due diligence and enforcement defense.

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Goodwin - Environment Department

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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. Also noted for its capabilities handling enforcement action brought by governmental agencies.

Work highlights Continued to counsel New Balance Athletics in relation to environmental and permitting issues associated with the Boston Landing mixed-use development project in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

Notable practitioners

Nathan Brodeur is a key contact.

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Mackie Shea, PC - Environment Department

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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 Interviewees comment: "The team are very knowledgeable and willing to dig into the details to achieve the correct answer."

One client remarks: "They are smart, responsive and successful."

Work highlights Acted for Artis Senior Living Memory Care Residences in its negotiation of an Administrative Consent Order for restoration and mitigation of historically filled wetlands. Also assisted the client in securing agency approval for a RAM Plan for the remediation of soil and groundwater during construction.

Represented Prolerized New England Company in a range of environmental compliance matters which included overseeing the assessment and cleanup of an offsite waste disposal.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Mackie has a broad environmental practice encompassing experience across a wide range of complex matters including hazardous waste, cost recovery and clean contaminations issues. One client reports: "Tom is outstanding: He is very smart, well focused and understands the multiple interactions of the complicated Massachusetts regulatory environment."

John Shea is a highly experienced environmental and land use attorney. He has significant expertise across hazardous waste, water and wetland issues and brownfield remediation.

Peter Durning has notable experience handling a wide range of environmental matters. He is skilled across land use, contaminated property and permitting issues. He is also experienced in enforcement disputes.

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Nixon Peabody LLP - Environment Department

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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 Clients praise the team, saying: "They are all truly outstanding."

Notable practitioners

Ruth Silman is skilled across a spectrum of environmental regulatory compliance and permitting matters. She is noted for additional experience handling energy and land use issues. She advises on climate change strategies.

Donald Cooper has considerable experience handling an array of environmental issues, including hazardous waste, air and water pollution and brownfield matters. He is also noted for his expertise in advising on land use, energy sector and development disputes.

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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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 Clients report: "I find the team overall to be exemplary. Their professionalism and the quality of their written work are all superior."

Work highlights Represented the City of Haverhill in the administration of a Consent Decree negotiated under the CWA.

Advised CITGO in connection to a number of remediation programs involving the Braintree, Massachusetts terminal. Also assisted with CWA and CAA permitting issues.

Notable practitioners

The highly experienced Mary Ryan is well regarded for her skill handling complex environmental litigation, including CERCLA, hazardous waste and insurance disputes. One impressed source comments: "She is very knowledgeable and takes care of the client's interests."

Environmental practice chair Michael Leon is experienced advising a broad range of commercial and public sector clients across the gamut of environmental regulatory issues. He has particular expertise across wetlands, wastewater and waterfront development matters.

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Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

Ned Abelson is highly regarded for his expertise handling environmental insurance and brownfields matters. He also offers experience advising a host of clients including tenants, lenders and developers in relation to contaminated property issues. Clients remark: "His input and advice have been invaluable."

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Bibler Law Firm, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Gregory Bibler is highly respected in the market for his extensive experience across a spectrum of environmental matters. He demonstrates particular expertise in air pollution, wastewater and contaminated site cleanups. Commentators note: "He is really smart, really thoughtful and a very talented guy."

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ralph Child is well known for his considerable skill acting for a broad range of clients including real estate developers, public agencies and energy project developers. He is noted for particular expertise in handling contaminated site, air and water pollution and hazardous waste issues.

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Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lisa Goodheart of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC is widely recognized for her extensive expertise in land use and environmental matters. She is experienced across permitting, cost recovery and enforcement issues.

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Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seth Jaffe has a stellar reputation in the market for his significant experience across the full spectrum of environmental matters. His areas of expertise including hazardous waste, clean air and water pollution issues.

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Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Kahn is a highly experienced practitioner highlighted for his expertise across a range of environmental and energy issues. He is noted for his considerable skill across brownfields redevelopment, land use and project permitting matters. One client lauds: "He has been outstanding in providing expert counsel; he is extremely practical, very client-aware, and a bright and engaging person to work with."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Kirsch of WilmerHale is highlighted as "one of the finest environmental attorneys in the States," by impressed sources. He has significant experience across administrative investigations, regulatory enforcements and crimination proceedings.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's environmental law group, Jeffrey Porter is a highly regarded practitioner who advises on permitting and regulatory compliance issues. He also demonstrates expertise in environmental transactional and litigation matters

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly experienced Mary Ryan is well regarded for her skill handling complex environmental litigation, including CERCLA, hazardous waste and insurance disputes. One impressed source comments: "She is very knowledgeable and takes care of the client's interests."

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Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

William Seuch maintains a diverse practice handling complex environmental issues often arising from real estate transactions, industrial redevelopments and corporate mergers. Sources report: "William Seuch is the go-to person for big-picture matters; he is the consummate calm negotiator."

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Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Alpert of Ropes & Gray LLP is highly regarded for expertise across land use and environmental matters, including Superfund and remediation concerns. He also has notable skill across CAA, CWA and RCRA compliance issues.

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Bowditch & Dewey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cox of Bowditch & Dewey LLP offers a wealth of experience handling complex environmental disputes before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. He has significant expertise in hazardous waste, air and water issues and cost recovery matters.

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Anderson & Kreiger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Kreiger is highly experienced representing clients in a range of environmental matters, with particular skill handling contamination disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in zoning and land use issues.

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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Environmental practice chair Michael Leon is experienced advising a broad range of commercial and public sector clients across the gamut of environmental regulatory issues. He has particular expertise across wetlands, wastewater and waterfront development matters.

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Mackie has a broad environmental practice encompassing experience across a wide range of complex matters including hazardous waste, cost recovery and clean contaminations issues. One client reports: "Tom is outstanding: He is very smart, well focused and understands the multiple interactions of the complicated Massachusetts regulatory environment."

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Michelle N O'Brien

Pierce Atwood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michelle O'Brien of Pierce Atwood LLP is "extremely knowledgeable, attentive, and dependable," say sources. She advises clients on an array of environmental issues, with considerable expertise handling enforcement, land use and property damage matters. One interviewee reports: "She is absolutely outstanding; she grasps all the complex issues and explains them in a manner that is easy to understand."

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Shea is a highly experienced environmental and land use attorney. He has significant expertise across hazardous waste, water and wetland issues and brownfield remediation.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ruth Silman is skilled across a spectrum of environmental regulatory compliance and permitting matters. She is noted for additional experience handling energy and land use issues. She advises on climate change strategies.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Elise Zoli recently joined Jones Day from Goodwin. She receives plaudits as "an excellent lawyer with multiple skills. She is smart, creative, knowledgeable and extremely passionate about her work."  She is recognized for her experience in environment matters, with particular focus on clean water and energy-related litigation.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Cooper has considerable experience handling an array of environmental issues, including hazardous waste, air and water pollution and brownfield matters. He is also noted for his expertise in advising on land use, energy sector and development disputes.

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Mackie Shea, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Durning has notable experience handling a wide range of environmental matters. He is skilled across land use, contaminated property and permitting issues. He is also experienced in enforcement disputes.

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leigh Gilligan of McCarter & English, LLP is well regarded for her expertise in the environmental and energy spaces. She is highlighted for her skill advising on the regulatory aspects of transactional and development matters relating to contaminated sites. Clients report: "Leigh is great to work with," with others adding: "She is very knowledgeable on the subject matter, accessible and communicates well."

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Jeanine L G Grachuk

Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeanine Grachuk is "tremendously helpful, knowledgeable and efficient," say sources. She has notable skill handling a range of environmental issues, including brownfields redevelopment, regulatory and permitting compliance and insurance matters.

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Hamilton H Hackney

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Hamilton Hackney of Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C. is well respected for his experience and across a spectrum of environmental matters. He demonstrates expertise in permitting, hazardous waste and brownfield redevelopment issues. He has notable skill handling enforcement proceedings.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Phillips is recognized for her expertise across an array of environmental issues, including land use, permitting compliance and development due diligence. Clients comment: "Susan is a very talented environmental attorney; she is knowledgeable and very thorough," going on to add: "She is a problem solver, very practical and is a pleasure to work with."

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Stephen M Richmond

Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Richmond is recognized for his experience handling a wide range of environmental matters. His areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, transactional due diligence and enforcement defense.

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Associates to watch

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathleen Brill is a well-regarded associate skilled handling an array of environmental matters. She has notable expertise across wetlands, CAA and land use compliance issues.

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Associates to watch

Kate Velasquez-Heller

Goulston & Storrs

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Kate Velasquez-Heller is well known for her knowledge and capabilities across a wide range of environmental matters. She has particular expertise in handling contaminated property, regulatory compliance and sustainable building planning. Clients praise: "Her greatest strength is ability to communicate complicated matters in simple terms."

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