Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation | Litigation | Capabilities

Business organizations often have past, present, or planned operations that involve emissions to the air, discharges to water, releases on land, potential impacts to wildlife habitats or wetlands, or other effects on the environment. These activities can lead to legal disputes in any number of situations, including when governments take enforcement action, environmental groups oppose permits, or neighbors claim to have been injured or damaged.

Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation Practice offers clients a dedicated, client-oriented legal team experienced in navigating such disputes. Our team, which is deployed across the firm’s international platform, has wide-ranging experience in complex civil and criminal environmental matters, including the following:

  • Personal injury, wrongful death, medical monitoring, and property damage claims arising from environmental conditions and exposures
  • Regulatory disputes, first-party permit appeals, and third-party permit appeals
  • Rule challenges
  • Citizen suits
  • Administrative and civil enforcement litigation
  • Internal investigations
  • Criminal enforcement
  • CERCLA and RCRA enforcement, cost recovery, and other actions
  • Natural resource damages claims
  • Private party environmental litigation, including real estate and other business disputes

Our civil litigation practice focuses on representing clients in mass torts, class actions, multi-district litigation, regulatory enforcement, citizen suits, and other complex matters. Greenberg Traurig’s lawyers have the knowledge and capabilities to address the legal challenges facing clients in these rapidly evolving areas of the law, including the wide array of often novel claims brought by increasingly sophisticated plaintiff and government counsel.

Our team has the experience and resources to try high-stakes cases, including those involving alleged soil, water, and air pollution. As part of our strategic approach to cases, however, we also advise clients on creative defense strategies, including those designed to facilitate early resolutions. We work closely with scientists, physicians, engineers, modelers, appraisers, economists, historians, accountants, and other experts who often play an important role in complex environmental and toxic tort litigation. We also have broad appellate capabilities that we utilize to support our litigation and trial strategies, as well as to represent our clients in appeals.

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