Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman offers a broad range of environmental services, including due diligence and advice in business and real estate transactions, regulatory compliance, the recovery of remediation costs, environmental litigation, and environmental enforcement matters. The Environmental Law practice group has the experience to address the full spectrum of environmental issues faced by business clients, whether responding to regulatory actions by state and federal agencies, the impact of the Transfer Act and other regulatory drivers on real estate transactions and financing, or taking steps to properly apportion responsibility and liability for contamination on properties.
We bring a practical business understanding to the complex area of environmental regulation. We stay connected with the evolving regulatory climate, often leading educational programs and writing and participating in agency advisory groups with regulators and consultants. We share developments with our clients so that they can adjust their business plans and respond appropriately to new standards and practices in order to economically and responsibly manage their environmental issues. We regularly provide advice on environmental matters to clients engaged in multi-state activities.
- Reduced exposure of chemical manufacturer by 50-75% for an entire product line by analyzing historical transaction documents to identify former business partners with responsibility to contribute to liabilities.
- Developed the strategy in a multi-million dollar chemical exposure case to include expert witnesses released by settling co-defendants and challenge opposing experts, resulting in a settlement at five percent of the pre-trial demand.
- Met with regulators in advance of a transaction to discuss approval of an alternative cost-effective strategy to address widespread, past pesticide use on redeveloped farm land, so a buyer could assess the financial risk before committing to purchase.
- After 30 days of trial, obtained a judgment in the clients’ favor on all counts asserted by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to which the State sought millions of dollars in civil penalties and various equitable relief under the Connecticut Transfer Act and other environmental statutes.
- Successfully defended a multi-million dollar claim by the purchaser of a commercial property seeking to hold the seller liable for environmental investigation and remediation costs.