Hinman, Howard & Kattell monitors new developments and emerging issues in the complex realm of environmental law both at the state and federal level. We maintain good working relationships with environmental consultants and engineers, fellow environmental attorneys, and with government officials and agencies responsible for environment, health, and safety regulation and enforcement. These relationships enable us to assist clients efficiently and effectively in responding to environmental legal issues as they arise. We also proactively follow and offer feedback on proposed new regulations and legislation that may positively or negatively affect our clients.
We assist clients in real estate environmental due diligence (environmental assessments) and risk management, and in regulatory compliance, particularly in connection with pollution, hazardous waste, and petroleum issues. We have negotiated dozens of consent orders and have defended our clients in federal Superfund and state cleanup litigation, toxic tort actions, and regulatory violation claims. In conjunction with our Zoning and Land Use attorneys, we counsel clients on the full gamut of environmental, regulatory, land use, natural resource, and zoning issues.
We are also sensitive to environmental legal issues as they arise in other contexts, such as foreclosure, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, and oil and gas leasing. In addition, we have assisted many clients in obtaining environmental insurance coverage to mitigate risks.