Two words define our Environmental Group: reputation and results. We’ve earned both. Preti Flaherty has one of the largest and most diversified environmental practices in New England, and our success can be seen in the wide range of clients from across the country that rely on us for environmental problem-solving, risk management and litigation. We represent Fortune 500 companies, large, mid-size and small manufacturers, development companies, trade and other associations, PRP groups, municipalities and government agencies, as well as individuals. Our clients’ environmental challenges are all different, but they all come to us because we stay ahead of the fast pace of change in environmental regulation and legislation, and we provide creative, comprehensive, and cost-effective solutions.

Led by a former U.S. DOJ Environmental Enforcement Section attorney and backed by highly qualified environmental attorneys, including five former EPA regional and headquarters attorneys, Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Group brings substantial insight and experience to issues involving air, water and stormwater, solid/hazardous waste, waste management, chemical regulation, and land use controls.

Our extensive environmental experience includes:

  • Negotiating and litigating Superfund cost recovery, remediation and natural resource damages cases
  • Litigating federal, state and local administrative judicial proceedings
  • Defending class action and multiparty toxic tort suits
  • Counseling on compliance with environmental and land use statutes and regulations
  • Pursuing permit applications and managing the permitting process
  • Undertaking permit appeals for construction and development
  • Defending administrative and judicial proceedings on regulatory enforcement
  • Assisting developers and municipalities in Brownfields redevelopment
  • Advising on environmental due diligence and risk management
  • Counseling on toxics use, pollution prevention and community right-to-know issues
  • Undertaking compliance audits
  • Advising on air regulation, climate strategy and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The lawyers you want on your side.

Companies facing environmental challenges ask for our attorneys by name. They trust that when Preti Flaherty’s team is involved in the case, they’re getting the best possible counsel. We guide our clients through sophisticated and often-unfamiliar territory in a clear, practical, and understanding way. With six former government enforcement lawyers that have more than one hundred fifty years combined experience and a deep bench to support them, we’ve built one of the most accomplished, knowledgeable and capable teams in the region and country. We’re called on to take big cases in big places, and we’re always ready for the next challenge. 

Additional information on the firm's environmental due diligence and risk management experience can be viewed here.

Firm Highlights

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Environmental Alert: Supreme Court Finds CERCLA Does Not Bar State Law Claims

The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday issued a decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts with far-reaching implications for targets of federal environmental enforcement actions. The Court in Atlantic Richfield Co. v...

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Attorney Jeffrey Talbert Selected by Peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2021

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeffrey Talbert has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2021 as the “Lawyer of the Year” for the Portland region in the field of Litigation - Environmental. Inclusion in Best...

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Supreme Court Finds Clean Water Act Jurisdiction For Discharges To Groundwater

Today, in a 6-3 opinion, the Supreme Court held that a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit can be required for discharges to groundwater “if the addition of the pollutants through groundwater is the functional...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...

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48 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2021, Including 4 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-eight Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2021, including four recognized on the inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for attorneys earlier in their careers and four “Lawyer of the...

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Eighteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Eighteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex...