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Environment — St Louis & Surrounds


Armstrong Teasdale LLP - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team in St. Louis which remains active on site remediation and brownfield redevelopment. Frequently engaged as counsel on matters related to power plants, landfills and Superfunds by clients from a variety of industries including manufacturing and mining. Also advises on OSHA matters and environment-based transactions with issues of risk transfer, enforcement and restructuring.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's experience and legal knowledge. One client states: "They're very good. They are our go-to firm and an integral part of our decision-making process."

Work highlights Represented Niagara Worldwide in the $35 million sale of a former aluminum smelter which was partially allocated on a federal Superfund site.

Assisted a US real estate company with a $60 million environmental risk transfer transaction to remediate two decommissioned power plants.

Notable practitioners

George von Stamwitz distinguishes himself in the market for his expertise in risk transfer and environmental remediations, including brownfield development mandates. Sources identify him as "very accomplished," assisting clients in EPA and Superfund negotiations, property development issues and asset structuring.

Julie O'Keefe continues to be held in high esteem for her strong OSHA, MSHA and EPA-related expertise, successfully representing clients in complex repeat citations and criminal investigations. Her practice also covers regular involvement in Superfund cleanup negotiations, remediations and cost recovery disputes.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Environment Department

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Husch Blackwell LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Established team with particular experience in litigation and regulatory compliance. Key areas of focus include permits, cleanups, enforcement actions and other EPA-related matters. Has built up an impressive client base in the agriculture, energy and chemical manufacturing industries. Involved in CERCLA litigation, advising on disposal issues and insurance coverage.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's proactive approach and legal knowledge. One client says: "Their litigation and environmental abilities are very strong. They're responsive, their rates are fair and they've demonstrated value ."

Work highlights Represented Legacy Ice Foundation in a $70 million land conversion proposal which is subject to several federal environmental acts and compliance matters including the Land and Water Conservation Act.

Assisted Meramec Caverns Enterprises in managing contamination concerns that arose in a public cave last year.

Notable practitioners

Amy Wachs is highlighted by sources as "a high-quality transactional lawyer who knows the field." She utilizes her expertise to advise clients on environmental issues associated with real estate and financial transactions. Highly regarded, she also regularly represents clients in brownfield and Superfund mandates, significant cleanup cases, liability disputes and relocation work.

Robert Wilkinson continues to be lauded for his advisory aptitude and is frequently engaged by clients as regulatory counsel relating to compliance, permits and project negotiations in industries such as agribusiness, aircraft and mining. Clients comment: "He has a very good grasp on environmental issues, is very responsive and has been a go-to person on a number of issues."

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Thompson Coburn LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for St. Louis-based team with a strong reputation built on its longstanding presence in the market. Holds highly regarded litigation expertise and extensive resources to enable the team to handle large class actions. Regularly advises global corporations from the oil and gas, mining, air and pharmaceutical industries on an array of environmental matters including challenges to new permits and whistle-blower lawsuits, cleanups and compliance mandates as well as government investigations.

Strengths Clients praise the well-rounded team's efficiency. One client says: "They are excellent. The attorneys I have worked with have been extremely responsive, professional and easy to work with."

Another client appreciates that "they are practical and economical."

Notable practitioners

Peter Strassner continues to be highly regarded for both his litigious and transactional abilities, frequently engaging in substantial Superfund mandates, cost recovery issues and cleanup claims. Valued as "one of the top environment attorneys in the region," clients say that he is "an excellent attorney, at a focal point in recent negotiations, and his work was insightful and creative. I'm very pleased."

Edward Cohen elicits praise for his environmental litigation output, often representing clients on enforcement actions, citizen suits and insurance coverage claims, most notably relating to air quality and groundwater mandates. Clients appreciate that "he is well connected in Missouri and a good lawyer."

Crystal Kennedy is commended in the market for her transactional expertise, advising clients on all environmental issues stemming from their M&A activity such as risk analysis, cleanup programs, cost recovery claims and contract negotiations. Clients say: "She's very experienced, very practical and very efficient," while peers admire that she is "well respected."

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Band 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dale Guariglia remains a leading figure in the market, praised in particular for his transactional and counseling experience, and is often involved in major investigation work, remediations, EPA negotiations and Superfund mandates.

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Steven J. Poplawski

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Poplawski continues to establish a strong reputation in the market for his regulatory output, especially in the air industry where clients say he has a depth of understanding. His activity also covers remediations and environmental negotiations for corporate transactions.

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Peter S Strassner

Thompson Coburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Strassner continues to be highly regarded for both his litigious and transactional abilities, frequently engaging in substantial Superfund mandates, cost recovery issues and cleanup claims. Valued as "one of the top environment attorneys in the region," clients say that he is "an excellent attorney, at a focal point in recent negotiations, and his work was insightful and creative. I'm very pleased."

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George von Stamwitz

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

George von Stamwitz distinguishes himself in the market for his expertise in risk transfer and environmental remediations, including brownfield development mandates. Sources identify him as "very accomplished," assisting clients in EPA and Superfund negotiations, property development issues and asset structuring.

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Band 2

Thompson Coburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Cohen elicits praise for his environmental litigation output, often representing clients on enforcement actions, citizen suits and insurance coverage claims, most notably relating to air quality and groundwater mandates. Clients appreciate that "he is well connected in Missouri and a good lawyer."

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Band 2

Stephen G Jeffery

Jeffery Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Jeffery of Jeffery Law Group has an acclaimed environment practice, focusing most notably on regulatory compliance and public policy matters as well as litigation cases. Sources praise his tenacity and compliment him for being "very creative" during cases.

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Armstrong Teasdale LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Julie O'Keefe continues to be held in high esteem for her strong OSHA, MSHA and EPA-related expertise, successfully representing clients in complex repeat citations and criminal investigations. Her practice also covers regular involvement in Superfund cleanup negotiations, remediations and cost recovery disputes.

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Band 2

Husch Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Wachs is highlighted by sources as "a high-quality transactional lawyer who knows the field." She utilizes her expertise to advise clients on environmental issues associated with real estate and financial transactions. Highly regarded, she also regularly represents clients in brownfield and Superfund mandates, significant cleanup cases, liability disputes and relocation work.

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Robert F Wilkinson

Husch Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Wilkinson continues to be lauded for his advisory aptitude and is frequently engaged by clients as regulatory counsel relating to compliance, permits and project negotiations in industries such as agribusiness, aircraft and mining. Clients comment: "He has a very good grasp on environmental issues, is very responsive and has been a go-to person on a number of issues."

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Band 3

Christopher E Erker

Polsinelli PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Erker of Polsinelli PC is well regarded for his regulatory experience and aptitude in matters pertaining to OSHA and EPA disputes such as enforcement defense, criminal cases and compliance counseling. "A well-rounded fellow," he focuses his efforts especially in relation to hazardous waste transportation, chemical manufacturing and site redevelopments.

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Thompson Coburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Crystal Kennedy is commended in the market for her transactional expertise, advising clients on all environmental issues stemming from their M&A activity such as risk analysis, cleanup programs, cost recovery claims and contract negotiations. Clients say: "She's very experienced, very practical and very efficient," while peers admire that she is "well respected."

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Brandon Neuschafer

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brandon Neuschafer focuses his environmental practice on regulatory and advisory matters, mostly relating to air, chemical regulation, manufacturing and commercial transactions. He also holds impressive expertise in matters pertaining to SIFRA and the agribusiness industry. 

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