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

News

Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

Publication

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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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

Event

2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...