Environmental Law

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Environmental Law Firm

California businesses, both large and small, are faced with the need to comply with a multitude of onerous and ever-changing environmental regulations at the state and federal level. Businesses found in noncompliance face serious penalties, even if the errors are unintentional.

At Lerner & Weiss, our environmental law attorneys provide all of our business clients with the legal knowledge and support necessary to ensure compliance with all state and federal environmental regulations.

While our goal is to prevent expensive litigation, we are prepared to go to bat for our clients when issues need to be litigated. We work tirelessly for our clients to obtain the best possible outcomes, while working diligently to minimize risk and reduce the impact of litigation on the daily running of the business.

Environmental Attorneys With a Track Record of Success

With our 60 years of collective experience and a track record of extraordinary success resolving complex environmental issues throughout California, Lerner & Weiss is the “go to” firm when you are in need of an environmental lawyer.

Whether you are defending against a government action or establishing compliance programs, don’t hesitate to contact Lerner & Weiss for help. Some of the areas in which we have successfully assisted our clients include, but are not limited to:

  • Compliance with the Superfund Act, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).
  • Real estate transactions and construction projects that may require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  • Compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Oil and hazardous materials investigations.
  • Investigation and remediation services.
  • Cost recovery for soil and groundwater litigation.
  • Remediation of real property for resale.

These are just a few examples where noncompliance may result in a hefty financial penalty for your business.

In the event that noncompliance is alleged and litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys will mount a vigorous defense on your behalf.

Defense Against Environmental Enforcement Actions

State and federal prosecutorial agencies, ranging from the Office of the U.S. Attorney to the California Attorney General’s Office, file both civil and criminal actions against businesses who they allege have violated environmental regulations.

Some of the actions allege improper hazardous waste disposal or transportation and hazardous materials compromising worker safety.

Defense Against Toxic Tort Actions

In this developing area of law, our environmental law attorneys aggressively defend clients against allegations that real property has been damaged, or individuals have personally been injured, by hazardous materials and/or groundwater contamination.

We also work diligently to see that your environmental insurance provides coverage for your litigation costs.

Environmental Insurance Coverage and Indemnity Issues

In the last few years, litigation concerning environmental issues has increased. Businesses need their insurers to provide coverage for both litigation costs and indemnification.

Some insurance carriers balk at providing coverage for litigation expenses and are noted for trying to find loopholes that can excuse them from their obligation to indemnify their insureds from costs related to hazardous waste remediation, cleanup costs, other enforcement matters and toxic tort defense.

We are experienced in contract coverage issues and do all that is legally possible to force your insurer to provide you the coverage you expect.

Experienced & Skilled California Environmental Lawyers

At Lerner & Weiss, we always have your best interest in mind. If that means negotiating a satisfactory settlement, we have extensive experience negotiating positive settlements on behalf of our clients involved in environmental issues.

We also have successfully represented hundreds of clients in administrative hearings and in courtrooms for judicial proceedings. We are always available to help with all of your environmental law issues.

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