Environmental, Safety & Health

Our Environmental, Safety & Health Group is one of the largest and most well regarded practices in the world. With a dedicated, highly experienced team, that encompasses every aspect of complex environmental, safety and health litigation, rulemaking and policy development, compliance counseling, project siting and infrastructure development, property acquisition, site remediation and brownfields redevelopment, and water rights and water resource management.

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We bring you the benefit of our exceptional experience in a wide array of industries, including iron and steelmaking, mining, chemical manufacturing and distribution, petroleum refining and distribution, pulp and papermaking, transportation, energy, retail, municipal utilities, consumer products and environmental services.

Why Choose Us

As a firm with local connections and global influence, we provide distinct strengths:

Excellence in Complex Environmental Litigation

The history and nature of our clients’ requirements have led our firm to draw principally on lawyers with litigation and dispute resolution experience. As a result, we excel in complex environmental litigation, including challenges to new rules, defense of civil and criminal government and citizen suit enforcement actions, advancement and defense of cost recovery actions and defense of multiparty and toxic tort and common law actions.

Rule Making, Policy Development and Complex Compliance Counseling

We have vast experience in rulemaking and policy development, compliance counseling, development of compliance management systems, auditing and internal investigations, and complex siting, permitting and infrastructure development. Our practice also has a transactional component that includes property acquisition, site remediation, brownfields redevelopment, water rights and water resource management.

Experience in Science, Industry and Public Policy

You will find among our team access to some of the industry’s most experienced professionals. Several of our lawyers have earned degrees in the sciences, or worked in government or industry. We often work with regulators such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the US Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), the Environment Agency and Health & Safety Executive in the United Kingdom, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and state and federal environmental authorities across all Australian jurisdictions.


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For further information on the following please review our Focus Areas: 

  • Environmental, Safety & Health Litigation, including Enforcement Defense, Cost Recovery and Multi Party and Class Action Toxic Tort Defense
  • Rule Making, Policy Development and Rule Challenges
  • Complex Siting, Permitting & Infrastructure Development
  • Property Acquisition, Site Remediation and Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Chemicals and Products
  • Water Quality, Scarcity and Resource Management
  • Air Quality and Climate Change
  • CERCLA, RCRA and Contaminated Land
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Health and Safety
  • Metals, Mining and Natural Resources
  • Alcohol, Food and Entertainment Licensing

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  • Winner of “Environmental Practice Group of the Year” Award, Law360, 2016.
  • Ranked Tier 1 for Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law in the “Best Law Firms” survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with The Best Lawyers in America.
  • Highly ranked in Chambers USA, Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK, and Best Lawyers in America, UK and Australia.
  • Recognized by the US Department of the Interior with the “Partners in Conservation Award” for the Environmental, Safety & Health Group’s work on Minute 319, a landmark bi-national agreement between the US and Mexico on the management of the Colorado River.
  • Recognized for environmental law matters by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
  • Listed as a go-to firm in Corporate Counsel’s 2013 Edition of “In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies”.

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