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Lathrop GPM

Environment

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What the team is known for

Kansas City-based team which retains its impressive reputation as a top-tier firm in the market. Sought out for work on large projects, and has particular experience assisting with landfill issues, liability disputes and Superfund sites. Also holds experience in relation to compliance and enforcement matters, representing clients from a range of industries including real estate, agriculture, transport and finance.

Notable practitioners

David Shorr is a leading environmental attorney in Jefferson City and highly experienced when it comes to engaging with the Missouri government. He is held in high esteem for his longstanding expertise in solid waste, air and water concerns, drawing on particular strength in matters involving the Endangered Species Act.

Thomas Ryan is a strong choice of litigator for complex environmental disputes, particularly toxic tort cases. He has handled many Superfund matters as well as representing clients in asbestos litigation.

Bill Ford is particularly noted for his environmental litigation practice, which includes both courtroom and administrative proceedings involving issues such as the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act. He often represents clients from the defense industry as well as numerous players in the agribusiness sector.
"He brings to bear decades of experience and the hardened grit that comes with it, yet is always open to new perspectives and new ideas that can benefit his client."

Bill Beck has deep strengths in environmental litigation, including in regard to large-scale air and groundwater contamination cases. He frequently defends against class actions and mass torts.
"Bill Beck is absolutely fantastic: smart, strategic and he's achieved some great results for us."

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Overview

Lathrop GPM has a long track record of success in the entire range of issues that fall under the umbrella of environmental law. Lathrop GPM handles the full spectrum of environmental law issues, ranging from regulatory advice and compliance counseling, to due diligence for transactions, investigations/response to agency inquiries and enforcement, PRP searches and remediation coordination, litigation/tort defense, and cost-recovery litigation and insurance recovery.

Lathrop GPM represents owners, operators, transporters and generators in litigation, arbitration, mediation, PRP group negotiations and direct agency negotiations regarding federal and state Superfund sites and closed landfills all over the country. Lathrop GPM attorneys have coordinated remedial investigations, feasibility studies and risk assessments and managed the activities of technical consultants. Unlike most Superfund lawyers, we have tried multiple CERCLA cost recovery claims to judgment, and successfully defended those judgments on appeal.

Lathrop GPM has deep experience developing regulatory strategy and defending litigation in the area of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and has been involved in some of the nation’s most-publicized cases. Lathrop GPM has an impressive record of successfully managing large, complex PFAS cases. Much of our work has involved landfilling of wastewater treatment sludges eventually determined to have been contaminated by PFAS.

Members

Cohara, Mara (Head of Department)

Beck, William G

Bradshaw II, Jean Paul

Cunningham, Ally

Ford Jr, William F

Griffin, Jennifer

Ryan, Thomas A

Schaefer, Kurt

Industries

Agribusiness

Chemicals

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Government

Mining & Metals

Real Estate

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Transportation

Utilities

Waste Disposal & Recycling

Environment

Lathrop GPM

firm
Location

2345 Grand Boulevard

Kansas City

Missouri

USA

MO 64108

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Missouri: Kansas City & Surrounds

Environment


David A Shorr
Band 3
Thomas A Ryan
Band 2
William F Ford Jr
Band 2
William G Beck
Band 1