Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Environment Department

Missouri: St Louis & Surrounds
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What the team is known for National firm with a noted presence in the St. Louis market. Focuses on advisory matters with a strong emphasis on regulatory compliance and transactional support including due diligence and enforcement issues. Expertise includes a number of high-stakes remediation projects. Holds notable experience advising on disposal and recycling issues and also represents clients from the mining, air and agribusiness industries.

Strengths Sources say the firm "is very easy to work with and integrates easily into internal teams."

Others note: "They do sophisticated and interesting work."

Work highlights Advised Lariat Partners on its acquisition of an interest in Willowood, which included advising on FIFRA issues and general due diligence.

Notable practitioners

Brandon Neuschafer
is well regarded for his extensive FIFRA expertise, which forms part of a broader regulatory practice. He is particularly active in the chemical and pesticide space, while also offering expertise in food and beverage regulatory mandates.

Dale Guariglia
has "tremendous subject matter expertise" and a "very good standing with the EPA," according to interviewees. He maintains a broad advisory and contentious practice, which includes advising on Superfund enforcement actions, Clean Air Act cases and OSHA policy concerns.

According to market sources,
Erin Brooks
"lives and breathes environmental work." She is noted for her strength in both advisory and contentious matters, as well as her transactional capabilities. OSHA forms a significant part of her practice, which also includes expertise in redevelopment and renewable energy matters.

Steven Poplawski
provides expert regulatory counsel to a broad client base, as well as handling the environmental aspects of transactions and issues involving distressed businesses. One client states: "He helps us minimize our business risks while also giving a realistic view of the possible outcomes for each situation."