Environmental issues can affect your company’s reputation, growth potential, and bottom line. We help you protect them all.

With efficiency and a deal-making (not deal-breaking) approach, Brown Rudnick lawyers are equipped to handle your complex environmental issues. Whether it’s buying, selling, negotiating with regulators, or, if needed, litigating, we work as problem solvers. Our clients trust us to bring the talent, the tools, and the relationships to get things done.

What sets us apart? Our team, for one thing. Our lawyers have worked at the highest levels of government and in the private sector. Among our ranks are a former Special Assistant to the US EPA Administrator, a former Assistant General Counsel in charge of environmental matters at a major regulated utility, and a former in-house counsel to a global energy company. Team members have also gained experience at the US Department of Justice, a state energy facilities siting agency, and as legal and legislative liaison to federal regulatory agencies.

Our diverse client base presents us with challenging issues – and we’re up to the task.

We represent sophisticated, large, national, multinational, and regional clients with complex legal matters in a variety of areas including real estate developers, industrial facilities, manufacturers, owners, utilities, and energy producers in:

Remediation and cost recovery under State and Federal law

Resolution of environmental claims in bankruptcy and restructuring

Due diligence associated with real estate and corporate transactions, with an emphasis on multi-site, multi-state transactions

Brownfield and Greenfield site development

Administrative proceedings before regulatory entities

Federal and State permitting and enforcement

Compliance, enforcement, and regulatory matters under various federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act

CERCLA litigation and counseling

State hazardous waste matters

Wetlands and Coastal Zone matters involving state, federal, and local permitting

Real estate zoning and development

Siting electric, gas, telecommunications, and industrial facilities

Contract preparation and review

Health and safety

Corporate reporting and compliance

Environmental Group Leaders

Douglas A. Cohen


Hartford, CT


Franca L. DeRosa


Hartford, CT