When persons or entities are targeted for “non-compliance” with the environmental laws, they will likely face well equipped regulators, an unsympathetic public, and a media hailstorm. The stakes are often huge. The criminal penalties for environmental violations are severe and often are aimed at the highest-ranking members of an entity. The average superfund site costs in the tens of millions of dollars to remediate. Neighbors to these sites often assert lawsuits claiming that contamination caused them personal injuries and property damage. The costs in dollars, adverse public relations, and employee morale can be devastating.

As environmentalists at heart, the attorneys at Webster Szanyi have successfully represented clients faced with these types of legal problems for decades. We have successfully defended clients in the federal and state courts of New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas. We take pride in our ability to assist our clients in navigating these treacherous waters to reach a result that combines the best possible outcome with minimal disruption at a reasonable cost.

Clients need effective prevention and strong advocacy when it comes to environmental law. Webster Szanyi attorneys offer both – experience in providing services, training, and advice that helps clients prevent problems that can result in a future lawsuit, and a courtroom-seasoned presence keen on winning. These cases can be unavoidable, and we believe that proper environmental counseling concerning ongoing operations and transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate, often amount to the ounce of prevention necessary to avoid future problems.

The attorneys at Webster Szanyi have developed long-standing relationships with many of the attorneys and regulators who enforce the environmental laws. As a result of these relationships, these individuals recognize that we operate with integrity and are able to be trusted in their statements on behalf of their clients. As a result, we have been able to achieve negotiated solutions that otherwise would be difficult to obtain.

Our attorneys have advised and represented clients on matters including:

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response
  • Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and State Counterparts
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and State Counterparts
  • Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Quality
  • Review Act (SEQRA)/land use
  • Toxic torts
  • Permitting
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Environmental financing
  • Corporate transactions
  • Petroleum spills

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