Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading environmental practice with sterling expertise in a wide range of permitting, remediation and regulatory compliance matters. Offers exceptional litigation experience in a range of major disputes, including those involving air, water and shale gas issues and wider tort claims. Maintains a strong reputation for work on behalf of clients in the mining and energy sectors, alongside roles acting for public sector entities, transportation companies and developers.

Strengths A client says: "They are fantastic, they always provide spot-on legal advice, and they're very pragmatic. They've seen it all and done it all so you're in good hands."

Work highlights Represented natural gas trade association Marcellus Shale Coalition in a declaratory judgment action that challenged aspects of state regulation introduced in 2016. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the injunction on one of the costliest requirements in June 2018.

Notable practitioners

Founding shareholder and firmwide chair Chester Babst has over four decades' experience counseling clients on a range of matters. His experience includes permitting, enforcement defense and compliance audits.

Dean Calland is a preeminent environmental attorney with leading expertise in the hazardous and toxic substance regulation and enforcement space. He is known in the market for his work for large chemical companies. Clients say: "He is fantastic - he's extremely knowledgeable. He really knows his stuff and is able to explain it in layman's terms."

Donald Bluedorn has particular expertise in water and wastewater management, alongside expertise in brownfield remediation, among other areas. He routinely advises industrial clients from areas such as energy, chemicals and heavy manufacturing.

Kevin Garber provides recognized expertise in water and natural resource permitting issues to mining and oil and gas companies, among others. He is described by commentators as an "excellent lawyer with a great reputation."

Lindsay Howard advises corporate clients on issues such as solid and hazardous waste, and site remediations. He also routinely counsels on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. One source said: "I think very highly of Lindsay Howard; he's terrific and really practical."