Environmental Law

Environmental law encompasses, among other things, human health, air and water pollution, contaminated property, natural resources, energy sources and consumption, hazardous substances, land and water use, mining, coastal and marine resource management, historic preservation, food regulation and security, biotechnology, and endangered species and habitat conservation. Alabama is one of the five most biologically diverse of the 50 states. Profitable business and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive, but it is important to have as your guide experienced counsel who know the State and its laws and regulations and who deal with environmental issues here on a daily basis. Our firm emphasizes problem-solving, and our strategies combine environmental stewardship with business practicality in an effort to attain the greatest long-term benefit for our clients. We have substantial experience in both federal and state courts, in federal and state regulatory proceedings, and in transactional matters.

Environmental Litigation and Agency Enforcement Proceedings:

  • CERCLA/Superfund and hazardous waste site remediation
  • Clean Air and Clean Water Act citizen suits and enforcement actions
  • Land and water use
  • Toxic torts
  • Common law property torts
  • Administrative agency enforcement proceedings, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”)

Regulatory and Transactional Matters:

  • Due diligence
  • Permit acquisition, renewal, and transfer
  • Public comment regarding rulemaking
  • Brownfields
  • Historic preservation
  • Endangered species
  • Indemnities and insurance
  • Due diligence
  • Access agreements
  • Protection of trade secrets

Our Mobile office has been ranked Tier 1 for Environmental Litigation in the metropolitan category by the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”