Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Real estate is a huge part of what we do at Sherin and Lodgen. That’s one of the reasons why leading developers, manufacturers and others seek our help with environmental issues, including:

  • Contaminated Properties
  • Compliance/Enforcement
  • Cost Recovery Actions
  • LEED/Green

What follows will explain why we’ve become a go-to firm for environmental law.

Contaminated Properties

High quality lawyering is a given. Our clients also depend on us because our attorneys recognize the importance of teamwork.

We understand that the redevelopment of property requires a team effort. This is especially true with previously industrialized or contaminated properties, including brownfield sites, where our real estate and environmental lawyers help our clients achieve integrated solutions involving a variety of engineering disciplines.

Businesses and institutions depend on our cover-to-cover knowledge of the regulatory complexities of the redevelopment process. We help our clients mitigate environmental risks through approaches such as:

  • State covenant not-to-sue programs
  • Institutional land-use controls
  • Brownfield grants from state and federal governments
  • Environmental insurance
  • Private party indemnity agreements

Our attorneys understand the synergies between construction of a project and remediating a contaminated site. Clients know we have major-deal experience identifying efficiencies that can avoid or hold down the costs of brownfield redevelopment.


Our clients rely on us to advise them of the ever-changing and increasingly stringent environmental regulatory climate. Assessment and remediation of releases from prior on-site petroleum or industrial operations is a chief concern for our clients. They also turn to us for the following:

  • Calculation, mitigation and disclosure of carbon footprint
  • Compliance and disclosure problems relating to security challenges and the risks of terrorism
  • Compliance with discharge from industrial processes

Our environmental attorneys also regularly help clients with operations subject to regulation for greenhouse gases, ozone-depleting substances, or petroleum and hazardous materials releases.

Cost Recovery Actions

Remediation is just the beginning. Our clients seek our help to recover the costs of mandated environmental assessment and remediation. As part of these recovery actions, we defend and prosecute private party claims, insurance claims, and the recovery of funds under governmental programs.


Our clients have adapted to new environmental and sustainability challenges, and our services have evolved with them. Developers turn to us now, for example, concerning implementation of LEED by regulatory and land-use authorities. A significant percentage of our real estate lawyers have received LEED training. Four of our attorneys are LEED Accredited Professionals:

Paula G. Curry
Deborah Howitt Easton
Peter Freidenberg
Ronald W. Ruth

We also help our clients navigate carbon footprint implications. This includes evaluating any impact on strategic decisions, disclosure decisions, capital expenditures, development opportunities and the like.

Practice Area Co-Chairs

Joshua M. Alper and Ronald W. Ruth

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