Environmental Law


Anderson Kill wrote the book on obtaining coverage dollars to protect the environment.

“Going green,” however, means much more than funding cleanups from insurance proceeds. Our Environmental Law Group is uniquely positioned to provide many environmental law services beyond our renowned coverage work.

As a full-service law firm, Anderson Kill provides comprehensive environmental legal and risk-management services, including dispute resolution, relating to real estate and corporate transactions. Our experienced attorneys regularly assist clients with a variety of routine and complex environmental regulatory and compliance and land use matters. The firm has considerable experience in CERCLA, RCRA and with Brownfields as well as with voluntary or risk-based cleanup programs. We also are experienced in implementing institutional controls and other risk-management solutions to address lingering liabilities and avoid complex indemnification obligations.

The Chair of the Group is a Civil Engineer with ten years of environmental litigation experience.  Our attorneys' experience and technical backgrounds provide clients with a particular advantage when dealing with consultants and other technical experts.

Furthermore, we can assist clients in:

  • Managing environmental risks and procuring specialty coverage
  • Achieving and maintaining environmental compliance
  • Embracing environmental opportunities
  • Pursuing green initiatives and funding sources
  • Implementing clean energy initiatives
  • Toxic tort work

Whether a client seeks to make its business more energy efficient or take advantage of Brownfield recovery laws in a soft real estate market, green projects can be both environmentally and fiscally prudent. Moreover, the Gulf oil spill, earthquakes in Japan and Virginia, various severe weather events, and litigation over climate change, MTBE contamination and hydro-fracking, to name a few, underscore the need for sound environmental planning. In addition, disclosure has never been more crucial.

As local, state and federal agencies continue to provide fiscal and other incentives to protect the environment, businesses have opportunities to “go green.” Anderson Kill’s Real Estate and Construction Group can assist with many facets of energy-saving building construction and retrofits. Our attorneys include legal professionals who are also LEED accredited and have a wealth of practical engineering experience.

We also provide a wide range of traditional environmental services:

  • Transactional
  • Remedial
  • Regulatory
  • Workplace safety
  • Litigation/Arbitration
  • Coverage work
  • Professional liability

Anderson Kill can provide valuable up-to-date advice on emerging climate change, clean-energy and sustainability issues. Moreover, our Corporate Group can assist in making the most of government initiatives to encourage going green, including obtaining federal stimulus money and using captive insurance mechanisms to manage risk and achieve savings and tax efficiency.

Anderson Kill and its non-law firm subsidiaries are in the forefront of providing an array of environmental risk-management services including loss adjustment (AKLA), objective coverage analysis (AKIS) and more. We have been assisting policyholders for 40 years and can provide in-depth advice regarding directors and officers liability, design flaws, errors and omissions and due diligence, etc. We can also address risks associated with alternative fuels, reducing carbon footprints, e-waste and emissions, etc.

Our Databases are world renowned. We store everything, including briefing, insurance industry marketing materials and regulatory filings. Anderson Kill has one of the largest collections of environmental insurance policies in the world. We know the law and save time and money by avoiding reinvention of the wheel. Our clients get access to all of this information. Often, it’s not whether one side’s case beats those of the other side. It is preparation, experience and evidence that win cases. Gene Anderson pioneered Anderson Kill’s unique approach to coverage litigation. Our database materials can tell the full story and hold the insurance industry to its promises and past assertions.

Put the depth and breadth of our Green experience to work for you and your business.