Real Estate - Environmental

A Secure Foundation

Blank Rome’s environmental attorneys provide the full-service representation required in today’s multi-disciplinary real estate industry, covering all aspects of environmental regulation and litigation, including permitting, enforcement, and toxic-tort litigation throughout the United States.  This group includes attorneys who formerly worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice, and various United States Attorney’s Offices.  They have earned various recognitions, including the International Who’s Who of Environment Attorneys.

Blank Rome’s environmental attorneys assist sellers, purchasers, lenders, lessors, property managers, and tenants on all aspects of environmental law that affect real estate transactions, including: 

  • evaluation of potential liability for pre-existing contamination
  • assistance with environmental regulation of property transfers, such as New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA)
  • evaluation of compliance status of operations that require permits or are otherwise subject to environmental regulation
  • evaluation of other site-specific conditions (e.g., wetlands, coastal regulations, Pinelands regulations and other location-specific issues) that might affect the feasibility, cost, or timeline for new development or expansion of existing uses
  • transfer or re-issuance of permits to successor owners and operators
  • remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties under various brownfields programs
  • recovery of cleanup costs and other damages attributable to pre-existing contamination.

Select Engagements

  • Assisted clients with various brownfield developments, including a major sports stadium and residential condominiums
  • Successfully opposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to list three clients’ properties on the Superfund National Priorities List
  • Assisted manufacturing client with the acquisition of a former military (Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC]) facility