Latham & Watkins LLP

Environment Department

New York
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What the team is known for New York City-based team with a longstanding practice advising on the treatment of environmental liabilities and risk in corporate and real estate transactions. Noted for deep expertise with regard to Superfund proceedings, compliance with all relevant state and federal statutes concerning toxic emissions and enforcement actions filed by government agencies. Outstanding national reputation in emerging climate change and emissions issues.

Strengths A client says Latham is "one of the best firms I have worked with in the CERCLA and environmental practice areas."

Other clients say: "You want them in high-stakes matters for their experience, good judgment and deep bench."

Work highlights Represented Owens-Illinois in a contaminated property and cleanup dispute with the National Park Service in Ohio concerning property within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Notable practitioners

David Langer "stands out for his knowledge and work product"according to sources. His practice concentrates on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in CERCLA, Endangered Species Act, CWA and CAA issues.

Gary Gengel is a highly regarded environmental law expert who covers remediation, toxic torts and environmental compliance for clients in the automotive, chemical and food sectors. Clients recommend him as "particularly good at identifying common points of interests and developing consensus among large groups of potentially responsible parties with divergent views and goals."

Kegan Brown is "impressive when problem-solving issues and in devising litigation tactics" according to sources. He handles environmental regulatory compliance and litigation for consumer goods, energy and automotive sector clients.