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.
Wines & Vines | January 01, 2017
San Francisco energy and environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this article about how California winemakers can incorporate recycled water into their vineyards.
ClearWaters | December 21, 2016
A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.
Law360 | December 15, 2016
This article highlights the latest development in a case involving New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s delayed approval of a permit to start building a natural gas pipeline, which impacts upstate New York power plant developer CPV Valley LLC’s facility operations. Washington DC Energy and Environmental partner Elizabeth Whittle is noted as representing CPV Valley LLC.
Law360 | July 29, 2016
This guest column authored by Rochester energy and environmental partner Jean McCreary and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford focuses on final cooling tower regulations put into place by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to protect against legionella and other bacteria.
Law360 | July 11, 2016
Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.
Power Finance and Risk | May 10, 2016
New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article regarding Allianz Risk Transfer’s novel 10-year hedge product that will fund wind projects against the risk of intermittent wind resources.
Buffalo Business First | April 25, 2016
Partner and leader of the firm’s Energy & Environmental practice Scott Turner is quoted in this feature story that discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s agenda moving forward.
Finger Lakes Times | March 13, 2016
Rochester Energy & Environmental associate Amy Reichhart is mentioned as counsel for Seneca Meadows Landfill in this article about the recent appeal decision in favor of her client.
The Bond Buyer | February 22, 2016
This article on New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugural green bond issuance notes Nixon Peabody as co-bond counsel.
Project Finance & Infrastructure Journal | February 09, 2016
The following coverage highlights the arrival of New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ernie Chung.
Law360 | October 02, 2015
New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is noted as counsel for NTE Ohio which has successfully closed $645 million in project financing for construction and operation of its Middletown Energy Center.
The Lumber Log | September 01, 2015
San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing keeping mobile equipment in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) requirements.
Law360 | July 23, 2015
San Francisco Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing how California’s historic drought conditions are impacting the real estate industry.
Law360 | February 12, 2015
Albany Energy & Environmental partner Ruth Leistensnider and Albany Energy & Environmental counsel Pete Trimarchi co-authored this column discussing New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines creating a regulatory program allowing the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state.
Affordable Housing Finance | January 29, 2015
San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing environmental due diligence in deals including low-income housing and new markets tax credits.
Law360 | January 08, 2015
Rochester Partner and leader of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practices Scott Turner and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford authored this article discussing the Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive set of requirements for the “safe” disposal of coal combustion residuals.
BASF Bulletin | December 01, 2014
The Bar Association of San Francisco featured Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt in this profile opportunity.
Long Island Business News | October 22, 2014
Long Island Energy & Environmental counsel Jesse Hiney is quoted in this feature story discussing possible future uses of local properties that once housed gas stations.
Rochester Business Journal | September 19, 2014
Rochester partner and leader of the firm’s Energy & Environmental practice Scott Turner is quoted in this article on how to reduce the risks of criminal and civil prosecutions from violations of environmental laws.
Law360 | July 22, 2014
San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing efforts to save scarce freshwater sources under California’s Drought State of Emergency proclamation.
Health Care Environment Alert | 06.15.17
Energy Law Alert | 04.19.17
Environmental Law Alert | 03.07.17
Tax Credit Finance & Syndication | 11.03.16
Environmental & Health Care Alert | 07.20.16
Environmental Law Alert | 06.28.16
Environmental Law Alert | 06.24.16
Energy & Environmental Law Alert | 05.18.16
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