BT Environmental Blog

Clients look to Barnes & Thornburg’s Environmental Law Department to advise them on federal, state, local and international environmental laws; to evaluate and manage environmental issues in real estate and business transactions; to resolve disputes with governmental entities and private parties arising under environmental laws; and, when necessary, to aggressively protect their interests in litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Our Environmental Law Department has the experience, depth, geographical reach and sophistication to handle the most complex environmental law matters in jurisdictions throughout the United States and internationally.

Our extensive experience and knowledge base allows us to focus on the practical, financial and business implications of environmental issues to arrive at creative and workable solutions. We are frequently called upon to handle:

  • Environmental crisis and emergency situations
  • Interactions with state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Negotiations of consent orders, compliance plans and penalties
  • Management and defense of governmental and third-party claims
  • Design and oversight of settlement and compensation programs
  • Remediation projects requiring evaluation and oversight
  • Superfund matters with complex allocation issues
  • Facility permitting and siting
  • Environmental due diligence
  • White collar environmental criminal defense
  • Administrative hearings and appeals
  • Litigation and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country
  • Chemical manufacture, processing and import regulatory issues
  • Issues associated with environmental rulemaking and legislation

As green energy technologies evolve, our Renewable Energy Practice Group applies a think tank approach drawing from experienced attorneys with interdisciplinary skills, to help clients commercialize technology, structure & finance projects, clear regulatory hurdles and serve new customers. The firm’s renewable/alternative energy clients include energy suppliers (solar, wind and biofuels), project developers, investors, lenders, utility purchasers of power, land owners, equipment manufacturers, governmental entities, independent generators and distribution companies.

The Energy, Telecommunications and Utilities Practice Group at Barnes & Thornburg has for more than 60 years provided comprehensive representation of public utilities, municipal utilities, nonprofit utilities, regional utility districts, conservancy districts, and communications service providers. We represent clients in virtually all industries in administrative proceedings before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., and state and federal courts. Our many years of practice in the highly technical areas of utility regulatory law enable us to provide services in virtually all phases of operations of and transactions involving investor-owned, municipal, and other types of utilities, generators and service providers. We work with some of the largest utilities to some of the smallest, advising on appeals, declaratory judgment actions, injunction proceedings, contract negotiations, condemnation cases, rate cases, financing, legislation, pole attachment matters and other aspects of provider operations.