Environmental

Whether you run a small business or a large public company with multiple facilities, complicated environmental issues can impact your business. Foley's environmental attorneys can provide sophisticated guidance to assist you with navigating the complex regulatory environment in all areas of environmental law.
Whether you run a small business or a large public company with multiple facilities, complicated environmental issues can impact your business. Foley's environmental attorneys can provide sophisticated guidance to assist you with navigating the complex regulatory environment in all areas of environmental law.

You need a team on your side who can help you through the maze of environmental regulatory compliance requirements and provide guidance about how pending regulations may impact your future business operations. Many of our attorneys have considerable legal experience in law firms, government agencies and in house legal departments; several hold advanced degrees in environmental sciences.

Our attorneys provide counsel for strategic matters as diverse as complex infrastructure and facilities permitting and planning, enforcement defense, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation before agencies and in state and federal courts.

Our client matters run the gamut from complex air, water, wetland, and hazardous material compliance matters to multi-year rulemakings, to the environmental aspects of large mergers and acquisitions of heavy industry and energy assets.

Our attorneys also help clients evaluate environmental aspects of sustainability and supply chain matters, including product labeling and disclosure requirements under various regulatory schemes.

Accolades:

Peers and clients recognize us for our environmental leadership in both Chambers USA and Best Lawyers. Chambers USA 2018 ranks our Environmental group in Wisconsin and Texas, and individually recognizes four of our lawyers. The 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey ranks Foley “Tier 1” nationally as well as our environmental practices in Texas and Wisconsin. Eleven of our attorneys were individually ranked in Best Lawyers for Environmental Law, including regional “Lawyer of the Year.

Representative Matters

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Foley helped with the legal aspects of creating a 50-acre soccer complex (includes four championship fields with underground watering and lighting) out of former municipal landfill. This includes obtaining Brownfield environmental liability protections for the owner/municipality (while terminating all environmental liability for the responsible companies). The soccer complex was designed using consultants with professional and college sport field experience. They set the criteria for the building facilities, soils, grass etc. Foley represented the group of companies that designed and funded the project and did the environmental liability work as well as negotiated a turnkey construction contract for the project.
Represented the University of Illinois at Chicago in its relationship with the private party developer of University Village and in connection with its retail leasing. University Village is a new neighborhood consisting of 900 new residential units and blocks of new retail properties. In 2007, the project received the Phoenix Award for Community Impact. Foley also has counseled the University for its tax increment financing issues and in connection with the development agreements and restrictive covenants in play between the University and the adjacent private housing. The representation includes all aspects of environmental remediation, including the allocation of costs between the parties and negotiations with the state regarding remediation standards and schedules. Foley continues to represent the University for these development matters as well as landlord tenant litigation, lease tax matters and general real estate counseling.
Represented the debtor, Carters Grove, LLC, in an adversary proceeding within the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, through which the debtor sought recovery of environmental clean up costs and other damages from a secured creditor.

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