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Burns & Levinson's environmental law attorneys represent businesses and individuals in all areas of environmental law. We prosecute, defend, and mediate hazardous waste cases under the federal Superfund law and its Massachusetts counterpart, Chapter 21E, the Clean Air Act, and several other environmental statutes. We negotiate agreements and settlements with the EPA, state and local environmental authorities under hazardous waste, clean water, clean air acts and wetlands laws. We apply for, and seek transfer of, environmental permits for property owners, manufacturing operations and waste disposal firms. We provide advice on compliance with environmental laws and strategic planning for minimizing exposure to liabilities.

Our environmental attorneys counsel several major participants in federal Superfund cases at sites throughout New England and in other parts of the country. We negotiate settlements and agreements with the EPA, draft complex documents to implement the settlements, and mediate disputes between responsible parties.

The firm's attorneys in other practice areas often call upon us. We evaluate and develop strategies concerning the environmental risks faced by buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, landlords, and tenants in real estate, corporate and financing transactions.

We represent a major state-wide business organization in two cases challenging the regulations proposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act. The cases are pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Their outcomes are likely to significantly affect the requirements that apply to businesses in New England under the Clean Air Act.

We represent a major petroleum company in all of its environmental litigation in Massachusetts. Our environmental attorneys bring and defend hazardous waste cleanup cases by and against private parties. We also appear before, and negotiate with, numerous state and local environmental authorities.

We represented a major financial institution in its expansion of a regional shopping mall. Resolving environmental issues was critical to the success of this expansion. We assisted in the overall strategic plan for the expansion project and have sought the necessary environmental permits from state and local authorities.

We are environmental counsel to a large regional bank. We advise the bank on its decisions to foreclose on contaminated properties and assist in carrying out further assessments and cleanup activities on sites the bank owns and manages.

Our brownfields redevelopment practice combines the skills of its environmental and real estate attorneys. We address the specialized needs of clients who acquire, develop, or finance contaminated real estate.

This practice group helps clients to minimize risk and maximize the return in this highly regulated area. The group's attorneys combine their knowledge and experience in federal and state cleanup requirements and other environmental laws with their experience in legal issues related to acquiring, developing, and financing real estate.

Our clients are real estate developers, investors, and lenders. They acquire, develop, and finance projects such as office buildings, industrial parks, manufacturing sites, research and development space, shopping malls, retail store sites, apartment buildings, condominiums, and residential subdivisions. We provide our clients with the full spectrum of services necessary to bring these projects to fruition, from negotiations with regulators, zoning, permitting, and acquisition, through financing, construction, leasing, and disposition.

The Environmental Group at Burns & Levinson

Name Title Phone Email
David P. Rosenblatt, Chairman Managing Partner 617.345.3330
Sean O. Coffey Partner 401.831.8173
Anatoly M. Darov Partner 617.345.3820