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Businesses, manufacturers and property owners must comply with a wide array of complex regulatory restrictions and laws focused on protecting people and the environment. Failing to do so means exposure to potentially staggering liability. Allocating risk, undertaking remediation and defending against environmental violation claims all require guidance by lawyers who know environmental law, understand the regulations and can help with managing risk and limiting liability.

Segal McCambridge can assist on all fronts, providing 24-7 emergency service. Our highly regarded Environmental Litigation group comprises national trial and appellate litigators and attorneys with environmental, regulatory, insurance, toxic tort, mass tort, real estate and class actions experience. Serving as national, regional and local counsel, we have represented property owners and managers, lessors, developers, industrial facilities, chemical manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, as well as municipalities and various primary, excess and umbrella insurers in environmental coverage disputes. We also defend numerous insureds against claims involving bodily injury and property damage caused by chemicals, hazardous substances and pollutants.

Winning Strategies

Our lawyers have handled many cases of first impression, defending and asserting our clients’ position in federal and state courts of all levels, litigating multisite and multistate environmental claims and appearing on behalf of clients before regulators and government agencies. We are also experienced at resolving disputes through alternative means, including arbitration, mediation and negotiated settlement discussions.

Employing state-of-the-art document retention and management systems, a database of expert witness testimony and legal research, and leveraging long-standing relationships with environmental experts, we efficiently and cost-effectively manage even the largest and most complicated cases.

Diverse Litigation Experience

Among the matters we have handled are a wide variety of contaminated property and personal injury issues and disputes, involving:

  • Administrative agency investigations and actions
  • Environmental insurance coverage
  • Environmental remediation and decontamination
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Groundwater and drinking water contamination
  • Leaking underground storage tanks
  • Legionnaires' disease
  • Natural gas fracking
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Oil and gas spills
  • Premises damage and personal injury claims
  • Professional negligence claims concerning environmental consultants
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Soil clean up
  • Storage and transport of hazardous chemicals
  • Workers’ compensation claims

We also defend property owners and product manufacturer, suppliers and distributors against environmental claims based on exposure to chemicals, mold, carbon monoxide, and other toxic substances.

Comprehensive Guidance

Beyond dispute resolution, we handle many other environmental issues, including permitting, approvals, licenses, self-audits, government audits and investigations, regulatory compliance, and damage and liability assessments. We also negotiate, draft and offer guidance on transactional matters, help clients with federal and state environmental regulatory and compliance matters, advise on hazardous waste handling/disposal, CERCLA/Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act and other environmental statutes, advise on insurance coverage and assist with lobbying and legislative initiatives. Always current on the law, our environmental attorneys frequently speak and write on this emerging area of environmental litigation.

From risk avoidance and exposure evaluation through dispute resolution and enforcement, Segal McCambridge lawyers have the depth and breadth of experience to resolve even the most environmental challenges effectively and cost efficiently and to put our clients on the best path to avoid future problems.