Businesses that are subject to environmental scrutiny must navigate complex – and often inconsistent – regulations and laws. Understanding these rules is hard enough; it can be next to impossible in a political environment that is unpredictable and ever-changing.
Hale Law Offices handles environmental and toxic tort cases in state and federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals. Our attorneys have represented some of the largest waste companies, agribusiness companies and energy companies in the world. We have experience in successfully defending multi-million dollar actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and corresponding state laws. We also have experience defending companies in class-action toxic tort and nuisance cases, and we have negotiated settlements in complex multiparty cases.
Our background in insurance recovery is particularly helpful for environmental clients. Companies who have been subject to environmental or toxic tort claims often have current and historic coverage that can pay for some or all of these potential liabilities – including the costs of defending against these liabilities.
As a firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, we also advise clients on marine issues, including the removal of vessels and requirements of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon State Marine Board and other state and federal agencies.