In addition to Greensfelder’s environmental counseling practice that provides advice and regulatory guidance with respect to commercial and real estate transactions, compliance and due diligence matters, and site remediation and permitting issues, Greensfelder has expanded its environmental practice with the development of a dedicated environmental litigation practice group. The environmental litigation group is experienced in handling a wide variety of environmental claims in state and federal courts, and before state and federal regulatory agencies. We have filed and defended CERCLA cost recovery cases, RCRA and civil and administrative enforcement actions involving Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act actions, permitting and citizen disputes, and enforcement and defense of environmental issues arising from commercial acquisitions and other transactions.

Significant aspects of the practice also include administrative litigation before regulatory agencies, defending clients confronted with criminal prosecution for claimed violations of environmental laws, and toxic tort litigation arising from exposure to environmental conditions. Our success in defending these matters stems in part from our experience in having prosecuted them. Attorneys within the practice group formerly served as attorneys with the United States Department of Justice, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the Environmental Division of the Missouri Attorney General.

Representative clients include integrated, international petroleum refiners and marketers, mineral processors, hazardous waste processors and transporters, environmental remediation companies, cement plants, oil and gasoline jobbers and marketers, international farming and animal producers, manufacturers, developers, landfills and most other businesses affected by environmental laws. Recent litigation activities and results include:

  • Successful defense of integrated oil company in cost recovery litigation in which client was dismissed from litigation involving 31 other companies.

  • Judgment for client finding seller to be required to indemnify client for past environmental liabilities in action by public agency to enforce environmental liabilities.

  • Defense of one of the largest privately owned company in the United States against federal and state criminal and civil enforcement actions, citizen suits and natural resource damages claim due to largest release of hazardous waste to Missouri waterway.

  • Defense of mineral manufacturers to cost recovery action in Superfund litigation and civil enforcement proceedings.

  • Defense of multiple toxic tort lawsuits due to alleged exposure to petroleum products, petroleum additives, salt cake and aluminum.

For more information, please contact Richard Greenberg, who heads this practice area and can be reached at 314-516-2687 or

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