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“In short, we know the science; we know the governing regulatory regimes; we know how to litigate and try environmental and occupational exposure matters whatever form they may take; and we know how to tackle multi-pronged challenges – including the early minimization and management of risk.”
– Pete Condron, Partner

We offer clients a robust understanding of the science and legal theories relating to perceived environmental exposure issues and extensive experience defending clients in class-action and community-wide environmental tort litigation. We know the tactics of plaintiffs’ firms in these types of matters, including how to respond to dockets of “copycat” cases on behalf of multiple plaintiffs in multiple jurisdictions. We are also well-versed in how environmental justice efforts can impact companies. We have won major cases before juries and successfully resolved others through dispositive motions, exclusion of experts, mediation, arbitration, and summary jury trial.

Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

As a result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishing lifetime health advisory levels for PFOS and PFOA in drinking water, state regulation of PFAS has surged. Affected sites are routinely being discovered nationwide.

Aggressive and well-funded plaintiffs’ firms have begun bringing actions on behalf of individuals, water providers, water districts and state and local governments over alleged water contamination and personal injuries resulting from PFAS exposure. Because PFAS chemicals may be found in a broad range of products – such as carpets, cardboard boxes, industrial equipment, firefighting foams and apparel – the threat of lawsuits is real for companies in a diverse range of industries.


We have represented several major oil companies in federal multidistrict litigation and a nationwide class action involving underground storage tanks. We have won summary judgment for our clients, won cases at trial and defended those victories on appeal. Our successful representation of clients is, in part, due to our strong relationships with expert witnesses, as well as our extensive knowledge of the energy industry and our clients’ businesses. 

Pesticides and Crop Protection

Our pesticide and crop protection experience combines regulatory know-how with product liability and litigation skills, positioning us to effectively address risks and challenges. When clients face pesticide issues, our combined litigation and regulatory teams work side-by-side to support clients’ crisis management needs to help them take timely corrective action, save money, and, often, avoid litigation.

We counsel clients in several areas:

  • Risk Analysis and Due Diligence
  • Stewardship Protocols
  • Pesticide Task Forces
  • Regulatory and Sales
  • Product Sale Risk Assessment
  • Product Cessation
  • Pesticide Data Compensation

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