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Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. - Environment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading environmental practice with sterling expertise in a wide range of permitting, remediation and regulatory compliance matters. Offers exceptional litigation experience in a range of major disputes, including those involving air, water and shale gas issues and wider tort claims. Maintains a strong reputation for work on behalf of clients in the mining and energy sectors, alongside roles acting for public sector entities, transportation companies and developers.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very valuable for its knowledge of environmental law, its understanding of procedure in governmental tribunals and its good relationships with opposing counsel and agency employees."

Sources add: "The firm can always be relied upon for excellent legal advice and the best value for money. The firm is very judicious in its legal billings and highly attentive to clientele."

Work highlights Retained by Greer Industries to defend enforcement by EPA, the DOJ and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over alleged unpermitted impacts to streams and wetlands resulting from the construction of a golf course. The firm subsequently negotiated a favorable settlement.

Advised Pennsylvania General Energy in litigation challenging an ordinance passed by Grant Township, which outlawed injection wells and attempted to remove legal rights from corporations that tried to permit or operate injection wells in the township.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Chester Babst is an experienced environmental attorney with a wealth of experience in permitting, regulatory compliance and litigation work. He currently serves as the firm's chair.

Dean Calland maintains his position at the forefront of the state's environmental law practice, with clients turning to him for his expertise in brownfields work and environmental issues arising from transactions. Clients say: "He is phenomenal. He is so knowledgeable, he can pick out the right issues and explain complex environmental matters in a simple fashion. He is a real pleasure to work with."

Donald Bluedorn is particularly experienced in water law matters, with notable strengths in hazardous and nonhazardous waste issues. He offers additional strengths in brownfields work, including remediation, development and liability transfer.

Kevin Garber earns praise for his strengths in water law work, including treatment, permitting and resource development matters. He offers notable strengths acting for energy and mining companies in a range of development, cleanup and litigation work.

Clients describe Lindsay Howard as a "highly intelligent and thoughtful lawyer," with sources valuing his "practical experience and deep knowledge of environmental law." His practice features strengths in advising corporate client on a broad array of health and safety issues, Superfund matters and site remediations.

Joe Reinhart is an accomplished environmental lawyer who offers particular experience advising energy companies on an array of environmental concerns. He offers expertise in areas including well development, mining permits and waste disposal. He cochairs the firm's energy and natural resources group.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive group of renowned technical experts, who counsel clients on the full range of environmental and energy matters. Offers recognized strengths in litigation, with extensive experience in areas such as air, water, waste and site remediation matters. Considered a go-to practice for site and brownfield redevelopment work and additionally sought after for its counsel on Marcellus Shale and renewable energy matters. Represents clients from an array of industries, including real estate, chemicals and healthcare.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The entire firm stands out: everyone from the founding partners to the paralegals have been excellent to work with."

One client adds: "We feel close to them and we always get quick attention. I appreciate their patience in talking things through, and they are good at separating legal needs from business decisions."

Work highlights Retained by Sunoco Pipeline to handle environmental issues arising from its construction of a 330-mile natural gas liquids pipeline, including wetland and stormwater permitting, regulatory compliance and environmental litigation.

Advised Exeter Property Group on environmental aspects of real estate transactions, including its purchase of the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant in Jeffersonville, Indiana and the acquisition of a portion of the former Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Joseph Manko is an industry veteran, with clients benefiting from his deep expertise in environmental law matters. His practice features notable capabilities in environmental due diligence in transactional work, alongside wider strengths in permitting and compliance matters.

Robert Fox is hailed as "one of the top environmental litigators in the Commonwealth" by market sources, who commend his "truly great" abilities in the sector. His practice includes significant strengths in Superfund disputes, alongside additional experience in defending class action claims and handling toxic tort matters.

Marc Gold is highly experienced in CWA matters and shale gas extraction issues, with clients calling upon his expertise in permitting matters, due diligence and wider regulatory issues. Clients say: "His expertise and industrial base knowledge makes you feel confident no matter what the situation is."

Clients hail Michael Meloy's "excellent problem-solving skills" and his "extremely knowledgeable and practical" approach to environmental law matters. He has a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation claims, transactional matters and remediation issues.

Bart Cassidy offers particular strengths in CAA and wider air quality matters, with notable expertise advising clients in highly regulated industries on compliance and defending regulatory enforcement. He offers additional experience in water quality and waste issues.

The "fantastic" Jonathan Rinde is regularly retained by clients to advise on regulatory compliance and to handle environmental issues arising in transactional and development work. Clients say: "He is able to prioritize during chaos and delegate work to the right experts, all while maintaining the highest level of professionalism that well exceeds expectations."

Jonathan Spergel is called upon for his strengths in transactional work, with clients valuing his expertise in due diligence, environmental insurance issues and funding matters. He also represents clients in environmental disputes.

John Gullace is labeled a "very effective litigator" by fellow practitioners, who note his "excellent" abilities in disputes work. He represents a range of corporate clients in areas including contaminated land disputes, cost recovery claims and citizen suits.

Bruce Katcher is regarded as a "seasoned environmental attorney" who is "very effective in negotiations." His practice encompasses waste management issues, site remediation and the environmental aspects of development projects.

Carol McCabe counts a number of industrial, energy and waste management clients among her diverse client base. She offers broad strengths across stormwater issues, wastewater matters and hazardous waste compliance.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP (MGKF) is an environmental, energy, safety, land use law and litigation firm. MGKF’s practice spans the full range of regulatory compliance, transactional and litigation services relating to its practice areas. The firm was founded in 1989 by a core group of attorneys whose experience is grounded in the emergence of the comprehensive environmental laws enacted in the 1970s and early 1980s. MGKF serves a client base ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. With offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the geographic practice area is focused on the Mid-Atlantic region; however, clients are located throughout the country and operate around the world. The firm presently consists of a seasoned group of partners complemented by a dedicated group of associates, technical consultants and paralegals. Many of MGKF’s attorneys have additional degrees in science, engineering and land use planning, and others have served with state and federal regulatory agencies. The firm’s litigators have backgrounds in commercial, criminal, environmental, and energy disputes before courts and administrative review boards in various federal, state and administrative forums.

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Ballard Spahr LLP - Environment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Work highlights Advised Hilltop Energy on permitting for its proposed 500 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Cumberland Township.

Retained by Magnesita Refractories to advise on compliance with emission control proposals which the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has called for to comply with upcoming air pollution control rules governing emissions of oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide.

Notable practitioners

Robert McKinstry is an expert on climate change and sustainability issues and frequently counsels clients on compliance with emission regulations and wider CAA matters. He also advises on legislative challenges, including advising energy industry associations on amicus briefs in major administrative appeals.

Glenn Unterberger is considered an "excellent environmental attorney" by fellow practitioners, with market sources describing him as "an expert on CAA regulations." His wide-ranging practice features strengths advising clients on transactional work, regulatory matters and litigation.

Brendan Collins specializes in acting for energy and power businesses on a broad spectrum of disputes work and administrative appeals. Clients describe him as "attuned to the electricity market" and offer particular praise for his expert knowledge of the CAA.

Harry Weiss is a highly experienced environmental lawyer with excellent credentials in the market. His areas of strength include permitting, waste management and litigation matters. He chairs the firm's environment and natural resources practice.

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K&L Gates - Environment Department

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第二等

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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.

Work highlights Advised Pennsylvania-American Water Company on the environmental and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the combined sewer wastewater system serving the City of Scranton and surrounding communities.

Retained by CPV Fairview to handle environmental issues pertaining to its development of a natural gas and ethane-fired combined-cycle power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Weston is a deeply experienced environmental attorney, with notable strengths in areas such as brownfields development and environmental permitting. Clients label him a "superb lawyer" and cite his "excellent knowledge base and experience" as a key strength.

Craig Wilson demonstrates considerable strengths in advising on development projects, with particular expertise acting for clients in the energy and industrial sectors. He offers additional experience in transactional work and litigation matters.

David Raphael is described as "an excellent attorney" by fellow practitioners, who note his broad strengths in environmental litigation matters. He calls upon a wealth of expertise in the sector, including notable inhouse experience in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Environment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Proficient in a broad variety of contamination issues, with particular expertise in contaminated water work and river sediment remediation. Wider areas of expertise include Superfund matters, litigation and transactional work. Its diverse client base includes manufacturers, chemical companies, pharmaceutical entities and developers.

Work highlights Retained by Quaker Chemical to advise on environmental due diligence and risk management issues arising out of its acquisition of grease manufacturer Houghton International.

Represented Alterna Capital Partners in connection with disputes and negotiations arising out of its interest in two power generation facilities.

Notable practitioners

The "very talented" Bonnie Barnett is considered a leading light in environmental matters, with peers hailing her "outstanding" strengths in regulatory and litigation work. Her practice features niche skills in the remediation of contaminated sediment sites, alongside broader strengths in toxic tort cases, environmental liability disputes and permitting matters.

Christopher Boyle has a wealth of experience in development work, with clients turning to him for his strengths in risk assessments, site evaluations and environmental due diligence matters.

Ronald Sarachan is an esteemed white-collar criminal defense lawyer with excellent credentials in defending regulatory enforcement actions. His standing in the market is considerably bolstered by his prior role as the chief of the environmental crimes section of the DOJ.

Andrew Foster is an accomplished litigator who handles Superfund disputes, cost recovery claims and wider commercial disputes. He also defends clients in administrative proceedings and regulatory enforcement.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Environment Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Adept environmental law group, with notable expertise in matters such as Superfund disputes, environmental class actions and energy and infrastructure development projects. Maintains wide-ranging industry sector expertise, acting on behalf of clients in the real estate, energy, pharmaceuticals and aviation sectors, among others.

Work highlights Advised EnviroFinance Group in handling the remediation and redevelopment of a copper smelting facility in Colorado.

Retained by Carson Reclamation Authority to advise on its redevelopment of a site in Carson, California which contains a closed municipal waste landfill.

Notable practitioners

Practice cochair David Mandelbaum continues to impress sources with his "creative writing" and "very strategic approach." He is held in particularly high regard for his outstanding strengths in major Superfund matters, alongside wider experience in permitting disputes and citizen suits.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Environment Department

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第三等

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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 CWA and CAA matters, solid waste issues and environmental due diligence in transactional work. Particularly noted for its work in the oil and gas and power generation markets.

Strengths Clients say: "Saul Ewing offers quality legal services at reasonable cost."

Work highlights Appeared at the Third Circuit for Williams Companies to successfully dismiss an appeal brought by an environmental group challenging Pennsylvania's issuance of a water quality certificate, in connection with the company's pipeline project in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Represented Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline before the Third Circuit to successfully uphold the issuance of permits by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for its Orion project.

Notable practitioners

Joel Burcat is an experienced energy and environmental lawyer with a wealth of experience in major litigation matters and representing energy clients before an array of administrative agencies. He also handles internal investigations into regulatory compliance.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Environment Department

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第四等

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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 draws from over three decades of experience in the sector to advise clients on a broad spectrum of transactional and litigation work, with particular strengths advising energy and industrial companies. Sources also point out his strengths in legislative matters.

Peers describe Howard Wein as a "smart and well-respected lawyer." He offers broad expertise in environmental law, with experience in areas including waste management, contaminated land matters and CAA and CWA compliance.

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Our environmental attorneys work closely with transactional attorneys from our corporate and real estate teams, providing the complete support your projects need, including:

  • ​Conducting due diligence and providing advice related to zoning and land use restrictions
  • Representing you in eminent domain and administrative proceedings
  • Negotiating “no further action” letters and prospective purchaser agreements (PPAs) with the EPA and state Brownfield agencies
  • Obtaining liability protection
  • Representing developers and land owners in real estate transactions involving complex Brownfield sites
  • Negotiating agreements with the Pennsylvania and New Jersey DEPs for liability relief
  • Drafting EPA comfort letters and prospective purchaser agreements

We have handled hundreds of cases before administrative tribunals and other state and federal regulatory agencies. Our regulatory counseling focuses on, but is not limited to, five broad environmental areas:

  • ​Solid Waste
  • Air
  • Water
  • Mineral Resources
  • Renewable Energy

Even with the best environmental management and compliance procedures and policies in place, environmental incidents occur. We help to bring these highly sensitive situations that involve high-consequence decisions, and/or carry a high degree of reputational risk, under control.

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Environment Department

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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, with considerable strengths 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 Clients say: "The team has been exceptional in its service and also extremely fast and prompt. They're extremely customer-focused."

One source adds: "They have provided excellent legal representation, very good customer service and have achieved great results."

Notable practitioners

Joel Bolstein earns particular praise for his strengths in site remediation matters, with clients calling upon his abilities in development projects and real estate transactions. Clients describe him as "polite, courteous and experienced."

Philip Hinerman is held in high regard for his deep knowledge and wide-ranging expertise in environmental law, offering strengths in areas such as sustainability, land use and regulatory compliance. Clients say: "He has a high level of work ethic, knowledge and strategic planning. His strength is his expertise and record of excellence and success."

The "terrific" Christopher Roe impresses sources with his "very thoughtful and smart" approach, with clients prizing his strengths in areas such as environmental litigation, due diligence in transactional work and compliance with health and safety statutes. A client says: "I really like his demeanor and very approachable manner. He knows this world inside out and his instincts are fantastic, he's a great partner to have."

About the Team (content provided by Fox Rothschild LLP)

Fox Rothschild’s Environmental Practice is made up of seasoned attorneys with detailed knowledge of the science, regulations and case law that impact clients’ environmental concerns. We represent and advise clients on a broad spectrum of environmental issues ranging from compliance to litigation. Our attorneys help clients minimize short and long-term environment-related risks in business transactions and negotiate with regulators on our clients’ behalf. Our Pennsylvania environmental attorneys are recognized for their skill and diverse experience. We have assisted clients in matters related to Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Act (Act 2) and Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, represented the developer of Pennsylvania’s first planned platinum LEED Certified community and served as counsel on air permitting and solid waste issues to a publicly traded owner and operator of resource recovery facilities. Whether facing complex litigation involving toxic torts or air pollution, seeking to “green” for efficiency, looking for energy and utility advice, or buying or selling a business or property, clients rely on Fox attorneys’ extensive experience and knowledge. Fox attorneys handle environmental litigation, environmental aspects of transactions and due diligence, permitting, compliance and enforcement, site remediation, storm water management, sustainable “green” development, climate change and greenhouse gases and chemical restriction and registration rules.

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC - Environment Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Berwyn-based environmental boutique with a broad practice, offering strengths in waste management, remediation and brownfields matters. Proficient in advising across the full range of regulatory concerns, litigation work and enforcement actions, alongside experience advising on legislative and policy matters. Acts for a broad range of companies in the solid waste industry, as well as developers, manufacturers and heavy industry clients.

Strengths One client says: "I think LAW is the complete package. Every member of their team adds value."

Sources add: "They have strong technical and legal expertise, their technical backgrounds really strengthen their practice."

Work highlights Retained by FKV and Blythe Township to defend the issuance of a solid waste permit by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the development and operation of a construction and demolition waste landfill.

Continued to advise Majestic Realty Company in multiple environmental issues arising from its redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel Plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Most recently, the firm advised on a remediation cost recovery claim brought against an insurance company and advised on assurances to be provided to prospective tenants.

Notable practitioners

David Buzzell impresses sources with his expertise in permitting work, particularly with regards to solid waste. He offers additional strengths in environmental due diligence relating to corporate transactions.

John Judge garners accolades for the "quality service" he provides clients, who turn to him for his deep experience in CAA and CWA disputes, cost recovery claims and toxic tort claims. Clients say: "He has a thorough understanding of environmental law, but can also provide practical strategic advice which is helpful for businesses in making a decision."

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions is a boutique environmental law firm built on its lawyers’ Am Law “big firm” experience. Many of its lawyers have technical expertise in engineering and science, including engineering and/or hard science degrees as well as previous careers in environmental engineering and science in the private sector and at US EPA. The firm provides its clients with practical and strategic counsel on all environmental issues, including permitting, land use, enforcement, regulatory compliance and transactional matters. They also litigate on behalf of their clients.


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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Environment Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, alongside deep experience defending clients before a range of state and federal agencies.

Strengths One client reports: "Each attorney we dealt with is pragmatic in their approach and offers counsel on both the legal aspect and the business aspect related to the matter at hand."

Sources add: "It's an excellent team which provides great service and high value."

Work highlights Retained by Big Level Wind to defend against an injunction filed against its wind farm project by an oil and gas producer.

Advised Vantage Energy in multiple insurance recovery claims for damages and losses and cost incurred at natural gas well sites and along a pipeline in Green County.

Notable practitioners

Kenneth Komoroski has a national practice with particular strengths advising oil and gas clients on environmental aspects of major development projects. Clients say: "Ken is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney and it is very assuring to have him as a resource in very complex matters."

Glen Stuart garners accolades for his "extremely organized" manner and his "focus on client service." He offers notable strengths in Superfund matters, drawing from over three decades of experience to advise clients on cost recovery disputes, CERCLA matters and wider natural resource damages claims.

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One of the first environmental practices established at a major national law firm, the Morgan Lewis environmental practice handles some of the largest, most complex environmental matters in the United States, including the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, the explosion and release of hydrocarbons into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and the Tronox fraudulent transfer litigation. We are one of the nation’s “go-to” environmental practices, and clients come to us for high-stakes environmental litigation, crisis management, mass tort, multiparty hazardous waste proceedings, and all manner of highly technical compliance issues. With more than 50 lawyers who practice environmental law exclusively from offices across the nation, we bring creative thinking, know-how, and a deep bench to virtually every type of environmental matter. We take great pride in our ability to find creative solutions to complex problems, and when a collaborative solution is unavailable, we achieve decisive results through litigation.

Our valued clients are some of the world’s largest companies, including major oil, oil service, and energy companies such as Anadarko, Shell, Chevron, Exxon, and Schlumberger; utilities such as Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy, and Exelon; manufacturers and trading companies such as Arkema, Solvay, Sherwin-Williams, and Mitsui; and municipalities and quasi-government agencies.

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Senior Statesperson

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Carroll of Pepper Hamilton LLP earns praise for his "high-quality work," with clients revealing: "He goes above and beyond to advise us." He offers significant expertise in the energy sector, with notable experience advising on renewable and traditional energy projects.

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Senior Statesperson

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner Joseph Manko is an industry veteran, with clients benefiting from his deep expertise in environmental law matters. His practice features notable capabilities in environmental due diligence in transactional work, alongside wider strengths in permitting and compliance matters.

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Senior Statesperson

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Weston is a deeply experienced environmental attorney, with notable strengths in areas such as brownfields development and environmental permitting. Clients label him a "superb lawyer" and cite his "excellent knowledge base and experience" as a key strength.

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Eminent Practitioner

Chester Babst III

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

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Chester Babst is an experienced environmental attorney with a wealth of experience in permitting, regulatory compliance and litigation work. He currently serves as the firm's chair.

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Bonnie Allyn Barnett

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very talented" Bonnie Barnett is considered a leading light in environmental matters, with peers hailing her "outstanding" strengths in regulatory and litigation work. Her practice features niche skills in the remediation of contaminated sediment sites, alongside broader strengths in toxic tort cases, environmental liability disputes and permitting matters.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Dean Calland maintains his position at the forefront of the state's environmental law practice, with clients turning to him for his expertise in brownfields work and environmental issues arising from transactions. Clients say: "He is phenomenal. He is so knowledgeable, he can pick out the right issues and explain complex environmental matters in a simple fashion. He is a real pleasure to work with."

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Fox is hailed as "one of the top environmental litigators in the Commonwealth" by market sources, who commend his "truly great" abilities in the sector. His practice includes significant strengths in Superfund disputes, alongside additional experience in defending class action claims and handling toxic tort matters.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Gold is highly experienced in CWA matters and shale gas extraction issues, with clients calling upon his expertise in permitting matters, due diligence and wider regulatory issues. Clients say: "His expertise and industrial base knowledge makes you feel confident no matter what the situation is."

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David G Mandelbaum

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice cochair David Mandelbaum continues to impress sources with his "creative writing" and "very strategic approach." He is held in particularly high regard for his outstanding strengths in major Superfund matters, alongside wider experience in permitting disputes and citizen suits.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients hail Michael Meloy's "excellent problem-solving skills" and his "extremely knowledgeable and practical" approach to environmental law matters. He has a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation claims, transactional matters and remediation issues.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees laud Steven Miano for his "very knowledgeable and practical approach," with clients praising his "excellent service." He offers well-honed advocacy skills in a wide range of environmental litigation matters, including claims brought under CAA and CWA, Superfund disputes and toxic tort claims. He is based in the Philadelphia offices of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.

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Timothy J Bergère

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Bergère is well versed in contaminated land issues, regularly handling investigations and remediation matters in connection with development projects and transactional matters. He offers wider strengths in regulatory issues, including permitting and enforcement matters. He chairs the environmental and energy transaction practice of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.

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Donald C Bluedorn II

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Bluedorn is particularly experienced in water law matters, with notable strengths in hazardous and nonhazardous waste issues. He offers additional strengths in brownfields work, including remediation, development and liability transfer.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Bolstein earns particular praise for his strengths in site remediation matters, with clients calling upon his abilities in development projects and real estate transactions. Clients describe him as "polite, courteous and experienced."

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Burcat is an experienced energy and environmental lawyer with a wealth of experience in major litigation matters and representing energy clients before an array of administrative agencies. He also handles internal investigations into regulatory compliance.

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Buzzell impresses sources with his expertise in permitting work, particularly with regards to solid waste. He offers additional strengths in environmental due diligence relating to corporate transactions.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bart Cassidy offers particular strengths in CAA and wider air quality matters, with notable expertise advising clients in highly regulated industries on compliance and defending regulatory enforcement. He offers additional experience in water quality and waste issues.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Abbi Cohen of Dechert LLP earns impressive praise for her "practical advice," with clients valuing her ability to "break down complex projects into clear objectives." She focuses on transactional work, where she advises clients on environmental risk, and wider regulatory work.

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Robert L Collings

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Collings of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is an experienced environmental practitioner who is well-versed in handling hazardous waste, air and water issues. He offers particular experience advising clients in the energy sector.

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Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Judge garners accolades for the "quality service" he provides clients, who turn to him for his deep experience in CAA and CWA disputes, cost recovery claims and toxic tort claims. Clients say: "He has a thorough understanding of environmental law, but can also provide practical strategic advice which is helpful for businesses in making a decision."

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Robert B McKinstry, Jr

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert McKinstry is an expert on climate change and sustainability issues and frequently counsels clients on compliance with emission regulations and wider CAA matters. He also advises on legislative challenges, including advising energy industry associations on amicus briefs in major administrative appeals.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Louis Naugle of Reed Smith LLP as "very well-versed in environmental regulations" and say he "is always looking out for the best for clients." His multifaceted practice features strengths across transactional and litigation matters, often advising clients on permitting issues, regulatory enforcement and due diligence.

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Glenn L Unterberger

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Unterberger is considered an "excellent environmental attorney" by fellow practitioners, with market sources describing him as "an expert on CAA regulations." His wide-ranging practice features strengths advising clients on transactional work, regulatory matters and litigation.

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Warren Environmental Counsel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Warren of Warren Environmental Counsel LLP offers considerable strengths in environmental litigation matters, alongside wider expertise in permitting and site remediations. He offers particular experience in water law issues.

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Band 3

Christopher W Boyle

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Boyle has a wealth of experience in development work, with clients turning to him for his strengths in risk assessments, site evaluations and environmental due diligence matters.

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Band 3

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Clark draws from over three decades of experience in the sector to advise clients on a broad spectrum of transactional and litigation work, with particular strengths advising energy and industrial companies. Sources also point out his strengths in legislative matters.

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Brendan K Collins

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brendan Collins specializes in acting for energy and power businesses on a broad spectrum of disputes work and administrative appeals. Clients describe him as "attuned to the electricity market" and offer particular praise for his expert knowledge of the CAA.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Garber earns praise for his strengths in water law work, including treatment, permitting and resource development matters. He offers notable strengths acting for energy and mining companies in a range of development, cleanup and litigation work.

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Band 3

Philip L Hinerman

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Hinerman is held in high regard for his deep knowledge and wide-ranging expertise in environmental law, offering strengths in areas such as sustainability, land use and regulatory compliance. Clients say: "He has a high level of work ethic, knowledge and strategic planning. His strength is his expertise and record of excellence and success."

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Kenneth S Komoroski

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Komoroski has a national practice with particular strengths advising oil and gas clients on environmental aspects of major development projects. Clients say: "Ken is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney and it is very assuring to have him as a resource in very complex matters."

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John J McAleese III

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John McAleese serves as managing partner of the Philadelphia office of McCarter & English, LLP. His practice encompasses transactional, regulatory and litigation work, with notable experience advising clients in the energy, industrials and real estate sectors.

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Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Miller is an experienced environmental attorney who is adept in a litigation matters, with experience in insurance coverage claims, cost recovery disputes and toxic tort matters. He currently serves as managing shareholder of Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Jonathan Rinde is regularly retained by clients to advise on regulatory compliance and to handle environmental issues arising in transactional and development work. Clients say: "He is able to prioritize during chaos and delegate work to the right experts, all while maintaining the highest level of professionalism that well exceeds expectations."

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Christopher M Roe

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Christopher Roe impresses sources with his "very thoughtful and smart" approach, with clients prizing his strengths in areas such as environmental litigation, due diligence in transactional work and compliance with health and safety statutes. A client says: "I really like his demeanor and very approachable manner. He knows this world inside out and his instincts are fantastic, he's a great partner to have."

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Ronald A Sarachan

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Sarachan is an esteemed white-collar criminal defense lawyer with excellent credentials in defending regulatory enforcement actions. His standing in the market is considerably bolstered by his prior role as the chief of the environmental crimes section of the DOJ.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Spergel is called upon for his strengths in transactional work, with clients valuing his expertise in due diligence, environmental insurance issues and funding matters. He also represents clients in environmental disputes. 

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers describe Howard Wein as a "smart and well-respected lawyer." He offers broad expertise in environmental law, with experience in areas including waste management, contaminated land matters and CAA and CWA compliance.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Weiss is a highly experienced environmental lawyer with excellent credentials in the market. His areas of strength include permitting, waste management and litigation matters. He chairs the firm's environment and natural resources practice.

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Band 3

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Wilson demonstrates considerable strengths in advising on development projects, with particular expertise acting for clients in the energy and industrial sectors. He offers additional experience in transactional work and litigation matters.

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Band 4

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Foster is an accomplished litigator who handles Superfund disputes, cost recovery claims and wider commercial disputes. He also defends clients in administrative proceedings and regulatory enforcement.

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Band 4

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Gullace is labeled a "very effective litigator" by fellow practitioners, who note his "excellent" abilities in disputes work. He represents a range of corporate clients in areas including contaminated land disputes, cost recovery claims and citizen suits.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe Lindsay Howard as a "highly intelligent and thoughtful lawyer," with sources valuing his "practical experience and deep knowledge of environmental law." His practice features strengths in advising corporate client on a broad array of health and safety issues, Superfund matters and site remediations.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Katcher is regarded as a "seasoned environmental attorney" who is "very effective in negotiations." His practice encompasses waste management issues, site remediation and the environmental aspects of development projects.

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Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol McCabe counts a number of industrial, energy and waste management clients among her diverse client base. She offers broad strengths across stormwater issues, wastewater matters and hazardous waste compliance.

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Post & Schell, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul McIntyre of Post & Schell, P.C. garners accolades for his "deep understanding of environmental law," with clients appreciating his "thoughtful counsel" and labeling him "great to work with." His practice focuses on transactional matters, offering expertise in areas including environmental due diligence, regulatory issues and brownfields remediation matters.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

David Raphael is described as "an excellent attorney" by fellow practitioners, who note his broad strengths in environmental litigation matters. He calls upon a wealth of expertise in the sector, including notable inhouse experience in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Joe Reinhart is an accomplished environmental lawyer who offers particular experience advising energy companies on an array of environmental concerns. He offers expertise in areas including well development, mining permits and waste disposal. He cochairs the firm's energy and natural resources group.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glen Stuart garners accolades for his "extremely organized" manner and his "focus on client service." He offers notable strengths in Superfund matters, drawing from over three decades of experience to advise clients on cost recovery disputes, CERCLA matters and wider natural resource damages claims.

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