Stroock attorneys have broad environmental law experience, with an emphasis on complex litigation, project development and transactional and business counseling. Their in-depth knowledge of governmental processes and experience with regulators have earned Stroock's Environmental attorneys respect with all levels of government.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in those areas typically important to the development of industrial, commercial and residential projects. We represent clients in litigation and transactional matters involving the development of industrial properties, including large and small power plants, quarries and mines, as well as industrial development agencies and public entities. Our attorneys have notable expertise in federal, state and city environmental impact review and permitting processes, including compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). With an important understanding of community dynamics and emerging issues, such as climate change and environmental justice, we utilize innovative and creative ways to achieve results. Several of Stroock's Environmental lawyers have experience in science, engineering and urban planning, enhancing the understanding of Environmental Law.
We help clients assess and manage environmental risks associated with mergers, acquisitions, and other business and real estate transactions by conducting environmental due diligence, preparing and negotiating environmental provisions in transactional documents, and providing related advice to buyers, sellers and lenders. As part of this effort, we also work with the corporate and investment community on issues of sustainability and social responsibility.
Our attorneys have particular expertise with respect to contaminated site remediation and redevelopment under federal and state Superfund and Brownfields legislation. This practice includes the prosecution and defense of environmental cost recovery actions, managing technical consultants in site investigation and remediation, negotiations with regulatory agencies, joint defense efforts among private parties, and related litigation in federal and state courts. Our attorneys’ backgrounds include representation of corporate clients at large National Priorities List sites, including those with contaminated sediment in complex river systems. Through Stroock's representation of a major oil and gas drilling company, our attorneys are in the forefront of emerging environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracturing for extraction of natural gas from shale.
We represent private developers, municipalities and public authorities with regard to Brownfields redevelopment and high performance “green” development, and provide advice on the availability of federal and state government funding, including tax credits under the Brownfields and Green Building Tax Credit Programs. We also have particular expertise concerning oil spills, legislation and regulation, and advise energy clients on the impact of recent efforts of the federal government to increase regulation under the Clean Air Act.
Although litigation is an important part of Stroock’s capability, a substantial concern in our Environmental Practice is the avoidance of litigation for our clients. Stroock proceeds from the premise that the productive participation of the regulated community is crucial to the development of reasonable, lawful regulations that advance the twin goals of environmental protection and economic progress. We also seek to help our clients avoid litigation by advising them on how best to comply with the law, addressing community and government concerns and structuring transactions to limit future risk.