Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts

Leech Tishman’s Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts Practice Group is positioned to assist clients with navigating through the complex web of regulations designed to protect the environment. Our goal is to help businesses make sound decisions in this arena in order to maintain their competitive edge. Our talented team of lawyers is familiar with the multitude of legal, political and financial issues that impact businesses involved in environmental matters. We are skilled in counseling our clients on environmental risk management, sustainable development, litigation and compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Our Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts Practice Group has experience in the following areas:

Transactions Utilizing Environmental Liability Transfer Vehicles

Manuscripting and Negotiating Specified Environmental Insurance Policies

Transactional Due Diligence

Identifying and Mitigating Environmental Exposures
M&A Support for Acquisition and Divestitures
Site Investigation of Owned & Target Prep
Multi-Layer Approach to Site Closures

Multi-Party Cost-Recovery Actions for Remediation/Environmental Contamination

Local/State/Federal Regulatory Compliance

Industry-Based Compliance for Manufacturing, Chemicals, Transportation and Energy-Related Companies
Site Approvals
Zoning Matters
Variance Requests

  • Environmental Protective Agency Regions 3, 5 & 7
    State/Local Regulatory Commissions 


California Environmental Protective Agency

  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Illinois Environmental Protective Agency
  • Maryland Department of Environmental Resources
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund

Land Use/Sustainable Development

Legal & Tax Considerations of Exploration/Development of Natural Resources (Tax Credits/Other Incentives)

Solid and Hazardous Waste/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action/Enforcement

Operational Compliance RCRA Part B Permitting
Closure Compliance for RCRA-Part B Permitted Operations
Transportation Compliance

Federal Wetlands/Fifth Amendment Regulatory Takings

Development of Wetland Mitigation and Banking Credits
Negotiation with Agencies on Wetlands Encroachment and Offsets
Stream Restoration and Mitigation Offsets/Credits


Insurance Recovery Actions
Superfund/Toxic Tort Losses
Defense of Third-Party Contamination Claims
Defense of Agency-Led Violation on Remediation Actions

Brownfield-Related Real Estate Transactions
Development of Multiparty Transactions which Involve:

Developers of Environmentally Impacted Properties
Skilled Engineering and Remediation Contractors
Risk Assuming Entities to Absorb and Maintain Long-Term Risks Associated with the Site
Various Insurance Products to Help Mitigate Excess Liability
Drafting and Negotiating Specialized Environmental Insurance Policies
Optimization of All Brownfields or Redevelopment Incentives

Spill Release Reporting and Disaster Recovery Planning

Emissions Credit Trading

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