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USA Guide

Environment — Pennsylvania

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Leading environmental firm, with experts in a wide range of permitting and regulatory compliance matters. Exceptional litigation experience in a range of cases, including those involving air, water and shale gas issues. Also stands out for its extensive strengths in remediation work, including brownfield sites, and maintains a strong reputation for work on behalf of clients in mining and oil and gas.

Strengths "Babst Calland is recognized as one of the best law firms in Pennsylvania, in the areas of environmental regulation, permit issues, penalty assessments and consent decrees, and in dealing with agencies such as EPA, the DOJ and the DEP," explains one client.

"It is an excellent law firm," reports another impressed source, adding that the "attorneys are knowledgeable and effective."

Value for money "Babst is much more sensitive to overall cost than many other firms that I have worked with. Their rates are very competitive: I believe that I receive superior service from the firm, and yet their billing rates are much lower than the other firms that I have used," noted one client. 

Work highlights Defended EQT Production Company against a civil penalty demand by the DEP regarding purported contamination issues originating from a Marcellus Shale well pad. 

Acted for a major chemical manufacturer in a complex and landmark three-party brownfields transaction. The project involves converting an inactive industrial property into a rail yard facility and is valued at between $6 and $10 million.

Significant clients Pennsylvania General Energy, First Energy Generation, Hilcorp Energy, Anadarko E&P Onshore, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association. 

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Chester Babst is a highly regarded figure in the market with more than four decades of experience advising on environmental issues. He provides significant expertise on compliance and permitting matters, including air and water issues.

Dean Calland represents national and multinational clients in a wide variety of environmental matters. He is renowned for his expertise in RCRA and CERCLA regulatory matters and is also noted for his cost recovery work at appellate level.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Donald Bluedorn is described by sources as "a good problem solver, who is astute at helping clients deal with matters on a day-to-day basis." He is highlighted for his strengths in site remediation and brownfield development work and is also regularly called upon for his counsel on water regulatory issues.

Kevin Garber is highly esteemed for his work on behalf of mining and oil and gas clients and has extensive experience in advising on permitting and water issues. One impressed client describes him as "very perceptive" and "very responsive" and appreciates that he "understands my needs quickly and works efficiently and cost-effectively."

"Excellent strategist" Lindsay Howard is acclaimed for his counsel on Superfund and remediation matters, and is also regularly called upon to advise on environmental health and safety matters. A client describes him as an "exceptional practitioner and excellent strategist."

Joe Reinhart is noted for his "excellent relationships with the environmental regulatory agencies." He is a good choice of counsel for clients in the oil and gas industry and regularly advises on complex brownfield and remediation work.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Comprehensive group of renowned technical experts who counsel clients on the full range of environmental and energy matters. Strong litigation practice, with extensive experience in areas such as air, water, waste and site remediation matters. A go-to practice for site and brownfield redevelopment work and additionally sought after for its counsel on Marcellus Shale and renewable energy matters.

Strengths "They have deep knowledge and expertise in a host of environmental issues. They're our go-to firm!" a client reports.

"They're excellent across the board and I highly recommend them," another satisfied client comments.

A commentator also notes: "Manko Gold has a very good reputation for litigation: they're really tough. When I see them on something, I know their clients are being vigorously represented."

Work highlights Represented New York City Law Department regarding the contamination of Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal. The remedial costs for the Gowanus Canal are in excess of $1 billion.

Acted for Delaware Estuary TMDL Coalition with regard to the Delaware Estuary and its water quality.

Significant clients Tenneco, City of Bozeman.

Notable practitioners  

"Top-notch" attorney Bart Cassidy is valued by interviewees for his "sound advice," and his ability to "present multiple sides to any particular issue." He is an authority on air quality matters and is also noted for his counsel on water and waste management issues. Another source enthuses: "He is my go-to environmental counsel. He's knowledgeable, timely, works hard and knows everything."

Robert Fox maintains an excellent track record in Superfund litigation and brownfield redevelopment matters. A client describes him as "terrific: smart, knowledgeable, strategic and very good at keeping in contact."

Marc Gold is well regarded for his compliance work, including brownfield matters, and is also regularly engaged to advise on environmental aspects of high-profile transactions. A satisfied client is quick to praise Gold's calm and persistent approach to matters. 

John Gullace excels in handling site remediation work, contamination disputes and permit challenges. One happy client says: "Working with John is great. He's extremely conscientious, very knowledgeable and has a practical sense about him! He's good at taking complex situations and making sense of them. He understands what our needs are and he's efficient."

Bruce Katcher regularly counsels clients on remediation and waste management matters. One client notes: "He is incredibly thoughtful, deeply experienced and he can give you quick, efficient answers because he has seen everything before."

Joseph Manko is a seasoned practitioner and is regarded by peers as a "giant" in the market. He has more than four decades of experience advising on environmental matters, and continues to be sought after for expert counsel on permitting and counsel issues.

Carol McCabe is singled out as "very good to work with and extremely knowledgeable." She is particularly noted for her knowledge of air regulatory matters, and is also well regarded for her advice on wastewater and stormwater issues and hazardous waste compliance work.

"Tremendous" lawyer Michael Meloy has a broad practice that includes providing counsel on water, waste and air issues, as well as site remediation and brownfield redevelopment work. One delighted client says of Meloy: "He is extremely knowledgeable and very detail-oriented and is always looking to make sure that our interests are protected."

"Superb attorney" Jonathan Rinde is "very smart and very knowledgeable" and is sought after for his astute counsel on permitting and compliance matters, as well as the environmental issues involved in transactions.

Jonathan Spergel is the managing partner at the firm and has substantial experience advising on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions. He is also noted for his strengths in brownfield matters. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded for advising on the full range of regulatory challenges. Noted strength in climate change issues, frequently assisting clients with issues with permitting and enforcement actions related to air quality. Also regularly sought out for its expert counsel on Superfund and contamination management matters.

Strengths "They have a very strong expertise in air and energy issues," comments one interviewee.

Another source is quick to say that the firm stands out for its "responsiveness and professionalism."

Value for money "They are worth every penny we have paid them and will pay them, and I rarely ever say that," a client reports.

Work highlights Represented Invenergy regarding a natural gas fired power plant proposal to the Pennsylvania Environmental Board. The proposed project is valued at $1.2 billion. 

Acted for Energy Answers Arecibo in the establishment of a municipal waste-to-energy project in Puerto Rico, which has been valued at an estimated $40 to $50 million.

Significant clients The Triumph Group, Exelon, Magnesita Refractories, NRG, Hilltop Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Brendan Collins is regularly called upon for his counsel on permitting and regulatory matters, and is also highly regarded for his extensive experience in civil and criminal environmental disputes. He is a go-to attorney for clients in the oil and gas industry and the electric power market.

The "very, very, very smart" Robert McKinstry is particularly esteemed for his regulatory and litigation counsel and is renowned for his knowledge of air regulation, particularly as it relates to the utilities industry. He chairs the firm's climate change and sustainability initiative.

Glenn Unterberger enjoys a fine track record for his compliance and permitting work and is recognized for his strengths in brownfield redevelopment matters. A satisfied client says he's "extremely knowledgeable with both the environmental issues and our company," and "extremely responsive, accommodating and professional."

Harry Weiss is particularly noted for his counsel to energy clients on issues regarding oil and gas exploration and regulatory compliance. One source enthuses: "He is outstanding - absolutely superb. I can't give you enough superlatives. He is intelligent, strategic, responsive and tactical. An absolute pleasure to work with."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers expertise in site remediation, brownfield redevelopments and contaminated water issues, with noted experience in crisis management. Known for representing manufacturers, as well as chemical and pharmaceutical entities.

Strengths One market source remarks: "They have a fine reputation for corporate transactional work."

Notable practitioners  

The "brilliant" Bonnie Allyn Barnett is a seasoned environmental practitioner, respected by peers and clients alike. She is noted for her litigation strengths, including toxic tort cases, and is also highly experienced in counseling clients on environmental regulations. Source reserve particular praise for her "excellent judgment."

Christopher Boyle is a well-regarded attorney known for his work in brownfield development and environmental-related transactions, and is also noted for his counsel on risk management. Boyle chairs the environment and energy practice at the firm.

"Excellent litigator" Andrew Foster has substantial experience in environmental disputes, including cases concerning waste, air, water and contaminated site matters. He acts for a broad range of clients, from chemical and solid waste businesses to pharmaceutical, private equity and real estate companies. 

The "terrific" Ronald Sarachan is highly regarded for his experience defending clients in environmental-related criminal cases and is also recognized for his strengths in compliance and risk management issues. Peers describe him as an "excellent criminal lawyer."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-established team covering the full breadth of environmental litigation, compliance and permitting concerns. Provides expert counsel on waste, water, air and wetland regulatory concerns and also noted for its strength in Superfund cases. Maintains a particular focus on infrastructure matters, assisting energy clients with Marcellus Shale natural gas projects and transportation issues.

Strengths A source comments: "They have a very strong environmental practice. They are a very solid firm that is very big in the energy field and Marcellus Shale area."

Work highlights Acted for Competitive Power Ventures on a variety of matters, including complex permitting issues, with regard to the development of a gas-fired power plant on an existing brownfields site.

Assisting Calpine with permitting matters concerning the development of an electric generation unit, York Energy Center.

Significant clients Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pennsylvania American Water Company, GE Energy Financial Services, Range Resources Appalachia, Spectra Energy.

Notable practitioners  

David Raphael's practice includes advising clients on compliance and the environmental aspects of corporate transactions and he is also noted for his counsel in environmental disputes. Clients appreciate that he "brings a lot of insider knowledge" and value his "meaningful contacts" from his time working at the DEP.

Timothy Weston is a seasoned practitioner with a wealth of experience in handling environmental disputes and regulatory matters, and is recognized for his extensive expertise in water management matters. A source attests: "He's the best water lawyer in the state. He's strategic, has great connections to the DEP, and is all the things you want your lawyer to be."

"Outstanding lawyer" Craig Wilson is sought after for counsel on environmental liabilities connected with complex transactions, and is also highlighted for his strengths in environmental permitting and zoning issues. Sources describe him as "smart, strategic and personable," as well as "hyper-intelligent with excellent communication skills and an understanding of how politics interplays with the legal system and regulatory ideas." 

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Band 3

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Adept environmental law group, with specialties in Superfund litigation and brownfield development, among a wide range of other areas. Well versed in risk management, regulatory compliance and permitting counsel. Maintains wide-ranging industry sector expertise, including real estate, energy, pharmaceuticals, metals and aviation.

Strengths "I would recommend Greenberg Traurig highly for its technical expertise: they're aware of trends, they know the landscape and they can go toe-to-toe with the other big firms," a client reports.

Work highlights Represented paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore & Co in regard to a remedy matter at the Passaic River Superfund Site.

Acted on behalf of FMC in proceedings against NYSDEC and EPA, concerning the cleanup of arsenic deposited in soils in the Town of Middleport, New York, from the client's pesticide manufacturing facility.

Significant clients Tecumseh Products, LStar Southfield, Carson Reclamation Authority, EPA Independent Monitor for Duke Energy, Carson Reclamation Authority.

Notable practitioners  

Environmental practice cochair David Mandelbaum is highly regarded figure in the market noted for his considerable strengths in major Superfund matters. Sources single him out for his "strategic thinking" and also describe him as "as smart as it gets."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for High-quality group that demonstrates prowess in regulatory, litigation and permitting matters across a range of environmental issues. Possesses extensive experience in solid waste and in CWA and CAA matters, and is particularly noted for its work in the oil and gas and power generation markets.

Work highlights Acted as local and environmental counsel to Tenaska Power Fund in the financing for the construction of the Westmoreland Power Plant Project. The firm obtained permits and defended Tenaska against environmental challenges for the plant's construction.

Acted for Scott Environmental Services in obtaining approval from the DEP to use drilling mud from natural gas wellbores.

Significant clients Williams Companies, Kinder Morgan, Sunoco, Pennsy Supply, Philadelphia Electric.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Burcat is highlighted for his extensive skills in environmental disputes and has significant experience acting for companies in the oil and gas market. One client enthuses: "He's my first call. He's a really good businessperson as well as being a good lawyer: he gets the underlying concepts and understands where we want to go. He teases out issues or potential issues, and is incredibly helpful on longer-term strategic issues."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly reputable practice known for advising clients on the full range of transactional and regulatory concerns. Also fields a team of esteemed litigators with proficiency in natural resources and land use cases, as well as enforcement claims.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Clark chairs the firm's environmental practice and has a wealth of experience advising on permitting compliance matters and brownfield issues. He is also well regarded for his capabilities in litigation, and comes recommended for his counsel in toxic tort disputes.

"Sharp, confident, all-around attorney" Howard Wein is a seasoned practitioner highlighted for his counsel on a broad range of environmental issues, including water and air quality matters, waste management and brownfield redevelopment issues. He is also noted for his expertise in acting for oil and gas clients in environmental-related disputes.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers environmental expertise on the full spectrum of class actions, toxic torts and other disputes. Active in site remediation, contamination and waste management matters, advising on permitting, compliance and transactional concerns. Acts for a distinguished roster of national and international companies and is developing a fine reputation for its work in issues concerning chemical restriction and registration rules, climate change and greenhouse gases, and green building.

Strengths One client comments: "It is very important to have counsel that I can trust. I trust their advice; they appreciated our risk and kept our needs and business focus and priorities in mind."

"We get incredible value from Fox Rothschild and they're extremely knowledgeable," another commentator remarks. 

Work highlights Acted for Solvay USA and Solvay Specialty Polymers USA in a variety of matters, including defending them in federal court toxic tort litigation.

Significant clients Greif Manufacturing, Matheson Tri-Gas.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Bolstein has a broad practice that includes providing counsel on regulatory compliance, environmental litigation and brownfield redevelopment work. He is also highlighted for his expertise in matters relating to the Marcellus Shale, including leasing and permitting advice. Clients appreciate his "incredible knowledge of complex environmental regulatory and compliance processes."

"Highly regarded" attorney Philip Hinerman is an experienced practitioner highlighted for his astute environmental counsel on M&A transactions. Sources say he stands out for his "intellect and ability to grasp issues very rapidly in order to plot a strategy for going forward."

The "terrific" Christopher Roe is noted for his advice on air, water and waste issues and also comes recommended for his counsel in relation to brownfield redevelopment. A commentator asserts: "He is very effective for the client: a very talented environmental lawyer, who really understands the science, the legal issues and the client's business."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Acclaimed environmental boutique with a broad practice, which includes waste management, remediation and brownfields matters. Proficient in advising across the full range of federal, state and local regulatory concerns, as well as litigation and enforcement actions. Acts for a broad range of companies in the solid waste industry, as well as developers, manufacturers and heavy industry clients.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as an "up-and-coming boutique" and single it out for its "good waste-related practice."

Work highlights Continued to advise Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association with regard to developing its legislation to allow leachate hauling in Pennsylvania.

Continued to provide counsel on environmental compliance, permitting and sustainability accounting to BE Printers of America for its Offset Paperback Manufacturers production facility.

Significant clients West Pharmaceutical Services, Philly Shipyard, Offset Paperback Manufacturers, Georgia-Pacific, Jetro Cash & Carry Enterprises.

Notable practitioners  

David Buzzell is noted for his counsel on remediation issues and is particularly sought after for his expert regulatory and permitting advice on solid and hazardous waste matters. A client comments: "I appreciate that he doesn't always tell me what I want to hear, he tells me the right thing instead. If we're veering off in the wrong direction, he puts us back on the right track."

The "very knowledgeable" John Judge has more than three decades of experience advising on environmental matters, and is highlighted for his strengths in CAA and CWA issues and Superfund cost recovery actions. Sources reserve particular praise for his practical approach to matters. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for National firm offering a full-service team, able to advise on a wide variety of environmental issues. Maintains particular expertise in CWA and CAA issues and also sought after for its strengths in Superfund matters. Represents a strong choice of counsel for natural damage resource and cost recovery litigation.

Strengths Sources describes Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as "a very, very well-respected firm" and single out its "excellent expertise in waste and oil and gas issues."

Work highlights Successfully defended Range Resources-Appalachia against claims alleging water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.

Continued to act as environmental counsel to HollyFrontier, advising the client's subsidiaries on permitting and compliance issues concerning hazardous waste and other environmental matters.

Significant clients Sun Capital, Sunoco, Vantage Energy, AstraZeneca, Beaver Valley Slag.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Komoroski is highlighted for his extensive experience advising clients in the oil and gas market on compliance and permitting issues, and has noteworthy expertise in CAA, CWA and CERCLA matters. One appreciative client enthuses: "Wherever Ken goes, we go, because he is both technically superior to anyone we have used before and he knows the environmental laws. His technical background before he started practicing is very helpful to us. Ken has a very good relationship with individuals in the DEP. I'm high on Ken Komoroski."

Glen Stuart comes recommended for his litigation strengths and maintains a fine track record in Superfund cost recovery claims. He is also noted for his counsel in natural resource damage cases and toxic tort litigation, including landfill-related disputes.

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Senior Statesmen

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Manko is a seasoned practitioner and is regarded by peers as a "giant" in the market. He has more than four decades of experience advising on environmental matters, and continues to be sought after for expert counsel on permitting and counsel issues.

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Senior Statesmen

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Weston is a seasoned practitioner with a wealth of experience in handling environmental disputes and regulatory matters, and is recognized for his extensive expertise in water management matters. A source attests: "He's the best water lawyer in the state. He's strategic, has great connections to the DEP, and is all the things you want your lawyer to be."

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Eminent Practitioner

Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Chester Babst is a highly regarded figure in the market with more than four decades of experience advising on environmental issues. He provides significant expertise on compliance and permitting matters, including air and water issues.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" Bonnie Allyn Barnett is a seasoned environmental practitioner, respected by peers and clients alike. She is noted for her litigation strengths, including toxic tort cases, and is also highly experienced in counseling clients on environmental regulations. Source reserve particular praise for her "excellent judgment."

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

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Dean Calland represents national and multinational clients in a wide variety of environmental matters. He is renowned for his expertise in RCRA and CERCLA regulatory matters and is also noted for his cost recovery work at appellate level.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Fox maintains an excellent track record in Superfund litigation and brownfield redevelopment matters. A client describes him as "terrific: smart, knowledgeable, strategic and very good at keeping in contact."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Gold is well regarded for his compliance work, including brownfield matters, and is also regularly engaged to advise on environmental aspects of high-profile transactions. A satisfied client is quick to praise Gold's calm and persistent approach to matters. 

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Environmental practice cochair David Mandelbaum is highly regarded figure in the market noted for his considerable strengths in major Superfund matters. Sources single him out for his "strategic thinking" and also describe him as "as smart as it gets."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Tremendous" lawyer Michael Meloy has a broad practice that includes providing counsel on water, waste and air issues, as well as site remediation and brownfield redevelopment work. One delighted client says of Meloy: "He is extremely knowledgeable and very detail-oriented and is always looking to make sure that our interests are protected."

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Miano of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller is an experienced practitioner who is well regarded for his counsel on CWA, CAA, hazardous waste and Superfund matters. One client remarks: "He is highly competent and very effective in communicating to lawyers, nonlawyers and businesspeople."

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Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Seasoned lawyer" Timothy Bergère is chair of the environmental and energy transaction group at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP and has broad-ranging experience that includes acting as environmental counsel on a wide range of corporate transactions. He is particularly noted for his counsel on remediation and brownfield redevelopment work, as well as advising on regulatory concerns, including CERCLA matters.

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely knowledgeable" Donald Bluedorn is described by sources as "a good problem solver, who is astute at helping clients deal with matters on a day-to-day basis." He is highlighted for his strengths in site remediation and brownfield development work and is also regularly called upon for his counsel on water regulatory issues.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Bolstein has a broad practice that includes providing counsel on regulatory compliance, environmental litigation and brownfield redevelopment work. He is also highlighted for his expertise in matters relating to the Marcellus Shale, including leasing and permitting advice. Clients appreciate his "incredible knowledge of complex environmental regulatory and compliance processes."

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Saul Ewing LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Burcat is highlighted for his extensive skills in environmental disputes and has significant experience acting for companies in the oil and gas market. One client enthuses: "He's my first call. He's a really good businessperson as well as being a good lawyer: he gets the underlying concepts and understands where we want to go. He teases out issues or potential issues, and is incredibly helpful on longer-term strategic issues."

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Buzzell is noted for his counsel on remediation issues and is particularly sought after for his expert regulatory and permitting advice on solid and hazardous waste matters. A client comments: "I appreciate that he doesn't always tell me what I want to hear, he tells me the right thing instead. If we're veering off in the wrong direction, he puts us back on the right track."

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent" attorney John Carroll is cochair of the environment and energy practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is sought after for his counsel on CERCLA matters and water pollution issues, and also comes recommended for his advice and representation of clients in CAA enforcement actions.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch" attorney Bart Cassidy is valued by interviewees for his "sound advice," and his ability to "present multiple sides to any particular issue." He is an authority on air quality matters and is also noted for his counsel on water and waste management issues. Another source enthuses: "He is my go-to environmental counsel. He's knowledgeable, timely, works hard and knows everything."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Real subject matter expert" Abbi Cohen of Dechert LLP is highly respected in the market for environmental counsel on corporate transactions. One client enthuses: "She combines intellect, legal knowledge and a deal-oriented demeanor. In my book, she's number one!"

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Collings of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has significant expertise advising on issues concerning hazardous waste, as well as water and air matters. He provides counsel to clients in the real estate, financial services, transportation and manufacturing sectors on a wide range of environmental permitting and regulatory issues.

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable" John Judge has more than three decades of experience advising on environmental matters, and is highlighted for his strengths in CAA and CWA issues and Superfund cost recovery actions. Sources reserve particular praise for his practical approach to matters. 

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very, very, very smart" Robert McKinstry is particularly esteemed for his regulatory and litigation counsel and is renowned for his knowledge of air regulation, particularly as it relates to the utilities industry. He chairs the firm's climate change and sustainability initiative.

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Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton

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Alan Miller is the managing partner at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton and is a highly regarded litigator who is recognized for his experience in CERCLA cost recovery cases. He is also noted for his strengths in water and air pollution enforcement actions and hazardous waste compliance issues.

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Reed Smith LLP

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Louis Naugle of Reed Smith LLP has significant experience in permitting and compliance proceedings, including on Marcellus Shale matters, as well as water, air and hazardous waste. He is also well regarded for his work in brownfield redevelopment. One client appreciates his ability to "identify the issues and do the research necessary to bring all factors into the light very effectively."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Ronald Sarachan is highly regarded for his experience defending clients in environmental-related criminal cases and is also recognized for his strengths in compliance and risk management issues. Peers describe him as an "excellent criminal lawyer."

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Unterberger enjoys a fine track record for his compliance and permitting work and is recognized for his strengths in brownfield redevelopment matters. A satisfied client says he's "extremely knowledgeable with both the environmental issues and our company," and "extremely responsive, accommodating and professional."

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Warren Environmental Counsel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Kenneth Warren of Warren Environmental Counsel LLP has more than three decades of experience advising on environmental matters and draws particular praise for his extensive capabilities in water-related issues, including stormwater and wastewater permitting. He also comes recommended for his site remediation counsel and is singled out by admiring sources for his "sharp and strategic" approach to matters.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Boyle is a well-regarded attorney known for his work in brownfield development and environmental-related transactions, and is also noted for his counsel on risk management. Boyle chairs the environment and energy practice at the firm.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

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Brendan Collins is regularly called upon for his counsel on permitting and regulatory matters, and is also highly regarded for his extensive experience in civil and criminal environmental disputes. He is a go-to attorney for clients in the oil and gas industry and the electric power market.

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Garber is highly esteemed for his work on behalf of mining and oil and gas clients and has extensive experience in advising on permitting and water issues. One impressed client describes him as "very perceptive" and "very responsive" and appreciates that he "understands my needs quickly and works efficiently and cost-effectively."

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Highly regarded" attorney Philip Hinerman is an experienced practitioner highlighted for his astute environmental counsel on M&A transactions. Sources say he stands out for his "intellect and ability to grasp issues very rapidly in order to plot a strategy for going forward."

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

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"Excellent strategist" Lindsay Howard is acclaimed for his counsel on Superfund and remediation matters, and is also regularly called upon to advise on environmental health and safety matters. A client describes him as an "exceptional practitioner and excellent strategist."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Komoroski is highlighted for his extensive experience advising clients in the oil and gas market on compliance and permitting issues, and has noteworthy expertise in CAA, CWA and CERCLA matters. One appreciative client enthuses: "Wherever Ken goes, we go, because he is both technically superior to anyone we have used before and he knows the environmental laws. His technical background before he started practicing is very helpful to us. Ken has a very good relationship with individuals in the DEP. I'm high on Ken Komoroski."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent attorney" Michael Krancer of Blank Rome LLP has a "very strong reputation" in the market and is noted for his experience representing major energy companies on a wide range of environmental regulatory issues. He is particularly renowned for his work in relation to shale gas matters.

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John McAleese of McCarter & English, LLP is well regarded for his environmental compliance and litigation counsel and has a wealth of experience acting for clients in toxic tort cases and Superfund cost recovery actions. He is also highly esteemed for his environmental counsel on real estate transactions.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Christopher Roe is noted for his advice on air, water and waste issues and also comes recommended for his counsel in relation to brownfield redevelopment. A commentator asserts: "He is very effective for the client: a very talented environmental lawyer, who really understands the science, the legal issues and the client's business."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Spergel is the managing partner at the firm and has substantial experience advising on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions. He is also noted for his strengths in brownfield matters. 

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Sharp, confident, all-around attorney" Howard Wein is a seasoned practitioner highlighted for his counsel on a broad range of environmental issues, including water and air quality matters, waste management and brownfield redevelopment issues. He is also noted for his expertise in acting for oil and gas clients in environmental-related disputes.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Weiss is particularly noted for his counsel to energy clients on issues regarding oil and gas exploration and regulatory compliance. One source enthuses: "He is outstanding - absolutely superb. I can't give you enough superlatives. He is intelligent, strategic, responsive and tactical. An absolute pleasure to work with."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

"Outstanding lawyer" Craig Wilson is sought after for counsel on environmental liabilities connected with complex transactions, and is also highlighted for his strengths in environmental permitting and zoning issues. Sources describe him as "smart, strategic and personable," as well as "hyper-intelligent with excellent communication skills and an understanding of how politics interplays with the legal system and regulatory ideas." 

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Band 4

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Clark chairs the firm's environmental practice and has a wealth of experience advising on permitting compliance matters and brownfield issues. He is also well regarded for his capabilities in litigation, and comes recommended for his counsel in toxic tort disputes.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent litigator" Andrew Foster has substantial experience in environmental disputes, including cases concerning waste, air, water and contaminated site matters. He acts for a broad range of clients, from chemical and solid waste businesses to pharmaceutical, private equity and real estate companies. 

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Gullace excels in handling site remediation work, contamination disputes and permit challenges. One happy client says: "Working with John is great. He's extremely conscientious, very knowledgeable and has a practical sense about him! He's good at taking complex situations and making sense of them. He understands what our needs are and he's efficient."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Katcher regularly counsels clients on remediation and waste management matters. One client notes: "He is incredibly thoughtful, deeply experienced and he can give you quick, efficient answers because he has seen everything before."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol McCabe is singled out as "very good to work with and extremely knowledgeable." She is particularly noted for her knowledge of air regulatory matters, and is also well regarded for her advice on wastewater and stormwater issues and hazardous waste compliance work.

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Post & Schell, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul McIntyre is cochair of the environmental practice at Post & Schell, P.C. and is regularly called upon to advise clients in the healthcare, manufacturing and energy sectors on environmental issues concerning corporate and real estate transactions. He has particular experience advising on brownfield remediation and financing matters.

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Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kermit Rader chairs the environmental and energy group at Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC and is noted for his counsel on remediation matters, including Superfunds projects and brownfield developments. He regularly acts for manufacturers and developers, as well as clients in the oil and gas industry.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

David Raphael's practice includes advising clients on compliance and the environmental aspects of corporate transactions and he is also noted for his counsel in environmental disputes. Clients appreciate that he "brings a lot of insider knowledge" and value his "meaningful contacts" from his time working at the DEP.

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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joe Reinhart is noted for his "excellent relationships with the environmental regulatory agencies." He is a good choice of counsel for clients in the oil and gas industry and regularly advises on complex brownfield and remediation work.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Superb attorney" Jonathan Rinde is "very smart and very knowledgeable" and is sought after for his astute counsel on permitting and compliance matters, as well as the environmental issues involved in transactions.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glen Stuart comes recommended for his litigation strengths and maintains a fine track record in Superfund cost recovery claims. He is also noted for his counsel in natural resource damage cases and toxic tort litigation, including landfill-related disputes.

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