Our environmental lawyers guide agricultural, industrial and commercial clients through the maze of current and anticipated climate change laws and regulations and provide counsel on the risks and opportunities presented by sustainable business practices.

We recognize the dramatic impacts global climate change, evolving energy markets and concepts of sustainable business practices have on governments, markets and businesses across all industries. Whether our clients need risk management advice or representation before the EPA or other government agencies, we bring valuable experience to the table.

We focus on delivering efficient and cost-effective counsel that keeps companies one step ahead of the fast-changing rules and regulations in complex and challenging areas including:

  • Energy production and efficiency
  • Natural resources
  • Water and wastewater
  • Renewable energy
  • Pollution control
  • Clean technology
  • Chemical regulation
  • Waste management
  • International trade and global sourcing
  • Green business practices
  • Carbon management

Our team’s experience is derived from extensive work with clients in various sectors, including electric utilities, independent power producers, manufacturers, municipalities and colleges and universities, as well as members of the real estate, transportation, construction and financial communities. In addition, our lawyers take active and leadership roles working on various issues related to climate change and sustainability with a number of real estate and industrial trade groups, the American Bar Association, national trade associations and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Representative Experience
  • Climate law and policy – greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards and strategies, counseling and implementation in federal and state arenas.
  • Renewable energy – project development, contracting, regulation and project finance for wind, solar, landfill gas, biofuels, hydro, geothermal and biothermal facilities.
  • Clean technology – protection, licensing, marketing, labeling, investment and commercialization of innovative alternative and renewable energy projects, water and wastewater treatment technologies, and environmental remediation technologies.
  • Managing air emissions – permitting, securing and trading emission credits, enforcement and pollution control planning.
  • Carbon management – carbon footprints, financing and trading, offsets, carbon credit contracting, storage, legislative and regulatory analysis with risk management consultations.
  • Product stewardship/chemical regulation – secure regulatory approvals for new products, formulations and chemicals under TSCA, FIFRA; counsel concerning international and emerging chemical-specific mandates.
  • Green buildings – land use, LEED certifications, construction, land re-use and brownfields, regulatory and incentives for special technologies in the building and construction sectors.
  • Regulatory advice and counsel – environmental, energy, international trade, transportation and emissions trading implicating GHG emissions, supply chain management and proactive practices.
  • Corporate governance and disclosure – develop codes of corporate social responsibility and climate change policies and counsel on applicable SEC disclosure requirements and voluntary reports.
  • Efficiency, demand side management and smart metering for electricity – arising under federal, state and local policies providing carbon management benefit.
  • Litigation, defense counsel – on emerging issues of GHG law, traditional environmental law, nuisance, products liability and applications in federal and state venues.
  • Transportation and supply chain management – at a company, city, county or state-wide level working with critical national transportation precedents.
  • International trade and global sourcing – WTO compatibility of climate legislation, strategies for trade in environmental goods and services, global competitiveness, trade measures/dispute settlement and international project development.
Environmental L.A.W.S.: Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future
August 5, 2020

A discussion between Thompson Hine partners Devin Barry and Joel EagleIn this podcast, Devin shares some observations on clients’ compliance challenges arising from COVID-19, and discusses with Joel how these challenges can be used to develop future COVID-19 compliance and enforcement defense strategies. Join us for this lively discussion that will be of interest to in-house counsel and EHS managers interested in proactively addressing compliance as the pandemic continues to create challenges throughout 2020.

Environmental L.A.W.S.: Manufacturing Plant Closures: Legal Compliance & Strategic Decision-Making for Investigation, Remediation & Sale
September 1, 2020

A discussion between Thompson Hine partners Andy Kolesar and Wray BlattnerIn this episode, Andy shares his insights on strategic considerations for companies closing former manufacturing plants (something happening more frequently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) that can lead to favorable outcomes in terms of complying with legal requirements, conducting cost-effective cleanups and maximizing the sale price. Andy and Wray discuss the pros and cons of mothballing former manufacturing properties, the risks and benefits of Phase II sampling to help quantify cleanup costs, long-term risk management considerations, and the key elements of effective corporate-wide plant closing and remediation programs. Join us for this lively discussion that will be of interest to in-house counsel, EHS managers and corporate real estate professionals who are facing (or will face) the challenges presented by plant closures.