Environmental



We use our deep experience and integrated legal, scientific and engineering knowledge across all environmental media to move our client’s objectives forward by anticipating, minimizing and developing practical solutions for business and regulatory risks.

Our approach

Our nationally recognized environmental team helps clients spot and avoid present and potential environmental issues before they become big problems.

Whether you’re encountering serious environmental compliance issues, trying to protect yourself from acquiring environmental liabilities in a merger or acquisition or facing toxic tort or property damage litigation—we’re on the ground to guide you.

From regulatory counsel to transactions and litigation, we forge strategic and practical approaches that maximize opportunities and minimize risk. We join forces with our clients to understand their business drivers, predict future hurdles and move their business forward.

We offer our clients a highly qualified in-house team of environmental engineers and scientists. With every technically complex permitting, remediation and regulatory compliance issue, we go the extra mile for our clients.

We always have been and always will be pioneers in environmental law both in the U.S. and internationally.

We work with

  • Industrial firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Energy companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Universities
  • Electric, gas and water utilities
  • Nonprofits
  • Individuals
  • Developers
  • Technology companies
  • Waste management companies

Commercial real estate strategies

Los Angeles Times | April 18, 2022

Los Angeles Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Bryan LeRoy, co-leader of the firm’s Environment & Land Use team, participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on lingering questions from COVID-19’s impact on the commercial real estate industry, new roles for technology, and what the industry could look like a year from now.

March worldwide water, climate events are close to home

Rochester Business Journal | March 11, 2022

Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Sarah Lobe, of the Environmental team, contributed this column on two worldwide awareness events for the environment: Tuesday’s World Water Day and Earth Hour, which will take place on March 26. Sarah’s article links these two events to local and regional water and climate-related environmental actions, regulations, laws, and policies.

New York seeks constitutional right to clean air and water

Rochester Business Journal | April 09, 2021

Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Sarah Lobe and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford contributed this article on the proposed environmental rights amendment to the Bill of Rights of the New York State Constitution, on which New Yorkers will vote in November.

CA vapor intrusion guidance evaporates hope for urban residential redevelopment

Bloomberg Law | February 18, 2021

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt contributed this article on how the California Environmental Protection Agency’s vapor intrusion guidance may impact residential development on the state’s brownfields.

Clean Energy Market Shift and Politics Push U.S. Grid Expansion

Engineering News-Record | November 02, 2020

This story about boosting U.S. transmission capacity to integrate a growing backlog of renewable power projects into the grid quotes a recent Bloomberg Law article written by Albany partner Pete Trimarchi and associate Dana Stanton, and Rochester associate Sarah Lobe, all of the Environmental and Land Use team.

The Impact of New York's Renewable Energy Permitting Program, PFAS Regulation

Bloomberg Law | October 26, 2020

The following Bloomberg Law article comprises a two-part, contributed series on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s transformative regulatory changes on climate change, renewable energy, and emerging contaminants. The articles are written by Albany partner Pete Trimarchi and associate Dana Stanton, and Rochester associate Sarah Lobe, all of the Environmental and Land Use team.

The Impact of New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Bloomberg Law | October 23, 2020

The following Bloomberg Law article comprises a two-part, contributed series on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s transformative regulatory changes on climate change, renewable energy, and emerging contaminants. The articles are written by Albany partner Pete Trimarchi and associate Dana Stanton, and Rochester associate Sarah Lobe, all of the Environmental and Land Use team.

Undefining ‘WOTUS’

Water Environment & Technology | November 26, 2019

This article features analysis by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford on a proposed replacement rule that would restrict the federal government’s jurisdiction over waterways under the Clean Water Act.

Contacts

Amy L. Reichhart

Counsel

areichhart@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 585-263-1322

Alison B. Torbitt

Partner
Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

atorbitt@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-5008

Bryan C. LeRoy

Partner

bleroy@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 213-629-6118

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  • Three attorneys recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for Environmental Law by Best Lawyers
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in New York and Massachusetts for Environmental Law
  • Additionally, several members have been ranked by Best Lawyers or Super Lawyers.
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