Navigating the complex web of environmental laws that govern property development—and complying with strict federal and state regulations for contaminations and cleanups—presents difficulties for both emerging and established companies. Partnering with a legal team who can successfully anticipate potential liabilities and resolve disputes is key to fortifying a company’s activities in the environmental sector.
Ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as a national tier one law firm for Environmental Law, Akerman's Environment and Natural Resources team advises businesses on nearly every kind of environmental regulatory challenge they might face. We represent Fortune 500 companies, publicly traded REITs, developers, and other public and private entities throughout the United States in all facets of environmental counseling, permitting, and due diligence. In addition, our litigators defend clients in a wide range of civil and criminal enforcement actions arising out of the major federal environmental statutes—including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), FIFRA, RCRA, TSCA, and EPCRA (Right-to-Know)—as well as climate change regulation, renewable energy regulation, and project development.
With a number of former general counsels for city, state, and federal environmental regulatory agencies on our team, our agency relationships and insider’s perspective enable us to develop innovative legal solutions for our clients’ environmental challenges. Our group includes a former general counsel of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), a former deputy general counsel at the Florida DEP, and a former deputy assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Our practice also brings together lawyers with extensive private sector knowledge of contaminated property, environmental litigation, brownfields redevelopment, wetlands permitting and enforcement, and environmental infrastructure permitting and contracting.