Keeping your business healthy, safe, and prosperous

Sudden environmental issues can not only affect your bottom line, but also cause devastating pollution and pose major health risks. Our Environmental Practice Group is comprised of industry leaders who work diligently to protect the rights of our clients, including property owners, lessees, developers, insurers, public entities, contractors, real estate investors, lenders, and engineers. We offer the full spectrum of legal representation, from litigation, counseling, permitting, regulatory, and transactional services, anticipating matters before they wreak havoc on your business.

We cover vast environmental health, safety, and land use regulations, including:

  • Contamination
  • Hazardous and solid wastes
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Wetlands and floodplains
  • Air emissions
  • Indoor air
  • Wastewater and stormwater discharges
  • Tidelands,
  • Facility siting
  • Endangered species
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Asbestos, lead paint
  • Worker safety
  • Environmental impact reviews


Group Members

Group members are available to provide regulatory compliance counseling and audits, provide environmental advice related to SEC compliance, conduct internal investigations, and participate in the planning for and response to governmental inspections and investigations.

Our group’s litigation services encompass both affirmative and defensive actions, at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels, and include:


  • Site contamination cases under Chapter 21E and CERCLA (whether involving cleanup obligations, cost recovery, diminished property value, natural resource damages, or economic loss)
  • Environmental permitting and land use appeals
  • Environmental enforcement actions
  • Penalty and remedial actions under OSHA and other workplace safety regulations
  • Asbestos and other toxic tort claims
  • Landlord/tenant disputes involving alleged health, safety, and environmental risks
  • Environmental and toxic tort insurance coverage litigation

We regularly represent businesses, property owners, and other clients in environmental permitting, compliance, regulatory, and transactional matters, including:

  • Obtaining local, state, and federal environmental approvals and permits
  • Advice and representation in connection with real estate contamination issues, including the preparation, review and evaluation of environmental site assessments, the preparation of Activity and Use Limitations, and evaluation and monitoring of compliance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan
  • MEPA and NEPA compliance
  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Title 5 septic system issues
  • Implementation of the LEED Green Building Rating SystemTM
  • Due diligence reviews, environmental disclosures, and other assistance in connection with corporate and real estate transactions

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