Our Environmental Law and Land Use attorneys are seasoned professionals, each with many years of experience. Our services include advising clients who wish to achieve or maintain compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws and regulations, as well as representing clients who face enforcement proceedings initiated by the regulatory authorities.
We also represent landowners whose properties have been contaminated by oil or hazardous materials, and who seek compensation for diminution in value damages and/or payment for the cost of cleanup from the party responsible for the release of contaminants.
Frequently, environmental contamination issues arise in individual and commercial real estate transactions that can jeopardize the results anticipated by the parties. We provide focused and practical advice on how to address those issues, and to eliminate or manage the risk to our clients posed by actual or threatened environmental contamination.
In addition to the above, we handle a wide variety of environmental and land use matters involving clean air and water, wetlands, septic and drainage, pesticides, asbestos abatement, lead paint and mold, encroachment by abutters, eminent domain proceedings, handicap access and historical preservation issues, real estate tax exemptions and abatement issues, and perhaps unique among Massachusetts practitioners, land use issues occasionally arising from a naturally formed floating island that drifts freely around one of Springfield’s more notable ponds.
We work closely with highly qualified environmental, geotechnical and sanitary engineers, wetlands scientists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists and life/safety professionals who assist us in providing the best advice and solutions for our clients.