Our team is led by a former senior EPA attorney who helped write the initial rules upon which the national CERCLA Natural Resource Damages (NRD) enforcement program is based. With this valuable insider-insight, we offer clients unparalleled knowledge of federal and state regulatory processes and a deep understanding of the scientific, technical and economic methodologies typically used to assess and establish NRD claims. Our extensive experience in this field gives us the advantage in navigating and litigating NRD matters under CERCLA and helps us limit our clients’ exposure and liability. Since the inception of CERCLA, Preti Flaherty’s environmental attorneys (including its talented team of litigators) have been at the forefront of environmental liability matters throughout New England and the U.S.

Our extensive knowledge and experience in Natural Resource Damages includes:

  • Federal and state regulatory processes
  • Streamlining the NRD assessment process
  • Negotiating and settling NRD claims
  • Defending NRD claims
  • Coordinating cooperative assessments and settlements
  • Risk management
  • Damage assessment analysis
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Estimating potential NRD exposure

Leaders toward the best possible outcomes.

We’re here to minimize risk, liability and exposure. Our decades of experience handling NRD claims across the region and country show first-hand Preti Flaherty’s significant capabilities in simplifying the complex, translating data and science into economics, quantifying losses and creatively navigating regulatory frameworks to arrive at favorable outcomes for our clients. We provide guidance through the assessment process, help determine the best course of action, and advise on crisis communications to offer comprehensive solutions in this always-evolving legal environment.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Trump Legal Team Pursues Contradictory Strategy

As the Trump campaign continues to present court challenges to electoral procedures, the Portland Press Herald interviews several Maine attorneys, including Matt Warner of Preti Flaherty, on the merits of the cases and their...

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Legislative Alert: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

Senate Republicans held their leadership votes on Tuesday, November 10 th . As expected, Senator Jeff Timberlake was elected as Republican Leader. Both Senator Matt Pouliot and Senator Trey Stewart ran to be the...

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Diverse Lawyers Matter: Maine’s Legal Community Tackles Racism in the Profession

Mainebiz surveys local attorneys on the ongoing lack of diversity in the legal profession, how public opinion has changed in the last few years in confronting the issue, some of the reasons this problem persists...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2021 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2021 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Burden of Proof in Death Presumption

WC Appellate Division Affirms Placement of Burden of Proof on Employer to Disprove Facts Presumed Under the Death Presumption A recent decision from the Appellate Division centers on the burden of proof in the...

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Legislative Alert: Legislative Leadership Election Update

The Senate Democratic Caucus met on November 5 th and, as expected, re-elected their current leadership team. Thus Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin), and Senate Majority Assistant Leader...

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How to comply with Maine’s new paid leave law

Fittingly, “Vacation Land” is among a small contingent of states that have a paid leave law on the books.  Maine, however, is somewhat unique in that the paid leave afforded under the new law...

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Preti Flaherty Adds Six to Environmental and Litigation Practice Groups

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of six new members to the firm: Katherine L. Oaks, Kevin C. Osantowski, Laura Lee Barry Wommack, Nicholas A. Dube, Martin C. Topol, and Allaina Murphy...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorney Daniel S. Rich to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Daniel S. Rich has joined the firm. Dan will practice in the Business Law Group from the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire, office. He joins Preti Flaherty...

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Twenty-Three Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2020 Super Lawyers

Twenty-three Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including thirteen Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...