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Areas of Practice

Environmental Litigation


Starnes Davis Florie’s Environmental Litigation practice group combines extensive experience with a broad array of skills to assist clients in resolving environmental, health, and safety issues.

Over the years, the lawyers of Starnes Davis Florie have handled the prosecution and defense of CERCLA contribution, cost recovery, and natural resource damage claims; litigation of Clean Water, Clean Air, Oil Pollution, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act claims; litigation of land use and water use issues—including inverse condemnation, eminent domain, boundary disputes, facility siting, water rights, and wetlands protection—and nuisance, trespass, and other common law property damage claims arising from alleged pollution or other causes.  In addition to civil enforcement matters and citizen suits, our lawyers have defended corporations and individuals  accused of environmental crimes such as the illegal disposal or discharge of pollutants and related charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy.  The firm’s extensive litigation background, including class action and mass tort experience, lends itself well to finding multi-disciplinary solutions across a wide range of local, state, and federal environmental problems.

Environmental Law Bulletins

Spring 2015
December 2014
September 2014
June 2014
March 2014
December 2013
  • Agencies Seek to "Clarify" Scope of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction 
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September 2013
  • Nanotechnology: Potential Risks and Regulation
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June 2013
  • Emerging Contaminants of Concern: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products
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March 2013
  • EPA to Rescind Longstanding Policy for Excess Emissions During Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction
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December 2012
  • The Clean Water Act: 40 Years Later
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October 2012
  • World Health Organization Declares Diesel Exhaust a Known Human Carcinogen
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August 2012
  • Supreme Court Upholds Right to Pre-Enforcement Judicial Review of EPA Compliance Orders under the AAPA
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March 2012
  • Nuclear Power: Clean Energy or Environmental Threat?
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January 2012
  • Plan EJ 2014: EPA's Roadmap for Environmental Justice
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