Environmental Law Group

The overlapping and intricate layers of Federal, State and local environmental laws and regulations can be overwhelming. And when a client has an environmental issue, its never just a small, inconsequential matter. It's usually a time-sensitive, critical issue for the organization that needs quick thinking and resolution. Our Environmental Law Group, led by Cliff Schulman, has the experience and knowledge to efficiently and effectively navigate through these regulatory waters on behalf of business and government clients and achieve results that strike a balance between economic needs and environmental protection.

As former environmental regulators, counsel for environmental agencies, and LEED-certified lawyers, our attorneys have a deep knowledge and understanding of environmental policies and laws ranging from air quality to wetlands permitting.  We represent business owners, developers, municipalities, water management districts, individuals, engineers and contractors in handling the latest and most complex environmental law issues, including environmental permitting, water quality and supply, regulation of underground storage tanks, hazardous materials and wastes, Superfund sites, brownfields redevelopment, landscaping requirements, tree preservation and environmental compliance and enforcement matters.

We provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to assess and advise our clients concerning the environmental rules applicable to them and potential environmental liability.  In the course of providing professional and legal advice, we serve as a strategic partner in environmental compliance matters to prevent violations which could result in costly enforcement action.

In the event a client is subject to an enforcement proceeding, our attorneys have significant experience in handling environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters arising from routine facility inspections, accidental releases, permit violations, tree removal, mangrove alteration and other violations of environmental laws and regulations.  We have successfully negotiated numerous settlement agreements concerning corrective action and penalties for violations of environmental regulations and permits.

Areas of Expertise in Environmental Law:

  • Air Quality Regulation
  • Brownfields Development
  • Conservation Law And Easements
  • Defense Of Enforcement Actions
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Groundwater Regulation
  • Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups And Remediation
  • Potential Environmental Liabilities
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Property Contamination
  • Regulatory Compliance Counseling
  • Reviewing Risk Assessment Reports
  • Solid And Hazardous Waste
  • Storm Water Drainage
  • Underground Storage Tank Closure And Removals
  • Water And Wastewater Utility Regulation
  • Water Resources
  • Water Use / Consumptive Use Permitting
  • Wetlands Permitting
  • Wetland Regulation And Mitigation Banking
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Federal And State Endangered Species Acts
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Toxics Litigation: CERCLA, RCRA, State Law And Common Law Claims
  • Water Quality Control Act

Examples of the significant matters we have handled include:

  • Environmental permitting for the construction of Williams Island in Aventura, Florida
  • Environmental permitting and compliance issues for Fisher Island, Florida
  • Environmental permitting for Biscayne Landing in North Miami, Florida
  • Coastal permitting for a multitude of projects in Sunny Isles Beach, Aventura, and Miami Beach, Florida
  • Environmental permitting and compliance issues for the Related Group of Florida.