ENVIRONMENTAL

Campos Mello Advogados’ Environmental practice group has extensive experience in providing legal assistance, and support to a wide network of clients in different areas, such as in the industrial and energy sectors. Our understanding of this sectors combined with our experience in regulatory issues and experience in administrative, civil and criminal litigation, provide us an essential base to advise our clients in a range of environmental matters.

LICENSING
Our Environmental lawyers advise clients on environmental matters related to the siting and licensing of various facilities under federal, state and local law. Our representations include the preparation of complex alternatives analyses; strategic compliance counseling regarding the Environmental Agencies requirements obtaining various permits required under the IBAMA’s legislation and other federal and state laws; and representation in administrative and judicial appeals of environmental permits.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE COUNSELING
We provide a broad range of Environmental compliance counseling and support services with respect to federal, state and local statutory, regulatory and administrative requirements; federal and state disclosure and selfreporting policies and laws; federal, state and local air,water, and waste permitting processes; and land and water contamination issues, frequently in complex and contested proceedings.

WASTE MANAGEMENT
We also offer representation on all matters relating to the generation, treatment, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous waste under both federal and state-administered programs. Our lawyers provide advice in connection with compliance requirements, permitting, monitoring, operations, release reporting and closure. Our work includes environmental audit activities of waste management programs designed to minimize the potential for environmental enforcement or citizen suit proceedings. Permitting work routinely includes regulatory approvals of impact statements, public health risk assessments, comprehensive recycling programs and disposal agreements.

ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION
Our Environmental Litigation has recognized experience in significant and varied environmental disputes. We represent primarily energy companies, manufacturers and other industries.

Our clients’ activities are often heavily regulated by federal, state and local governmental authorities that possess and wield broad powers. In addition, environmental special interest groups closely monitor our clients’ activities. Our approach is to assist our clients in the management of liabilities to minimize the potential for litigation and to seek solutions that avoid it to the extent that position can be maintained while best serving the client’s interests.

Some matters inevitably result in civil litigation (including private party-only, governmental and “citizens suits”); administrative (including permitting and enforcement) and even criminal proceedings. In those instances, our environmental litigators readily assume an active defense or prosecution.

As a result, the Environmental Litigation Practice covers compliance, bodily injury/toxic torts, property damage and nuisance involving virtually all environmental media and major laws at the trial court, appellate court and administrative level.

In addition, the Environmental Practice offers comprehensive transactional experience in real estate, as our lawyers have played a leading role in the acquisition and divestiture of environmentally sensitive property and in brownfields redevelopment, and have negotiated some of the earliest liability “buyouts” and prospective purchaser agreements.

Our work in this area has included matters involving the transfer of contaminated military bases under base closure
laws, prospective purchaser agreements and guaranteed fixed price remediation contracts; full liability transfers; and transactions for the acquisition and redevelopment of contaminated sites. We also have extensive experience in the use of cutting-edge environmental insurance products in hazardous waste site remediation, development and redevelopment projects, an important aspect of environmental due diligence.

MARKET RECOGNITION
Our practice has been recognized by leading publications that rank firms and lawyers based on the feedback from clients:

Leading firm in Environmental
The Legal 500: 2016, 2017 and 2018
Leaders League: 2019