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Sustainability is a critical core value of corporations today, not only to ensure the safety of the environment for generations to come, but also to protect the company's reputation and bottom line. One of the largest of its kind in the Southeast U.S., Waller's environmental practice assists clients in evaluating and managing risk—helping businesses expand while remaining environmentally sensitive.

At the intersection of environmental law and strategic business objectives, Waller has the skills needed to come up with innovative approaches for clients. Those clients have depended on Waller's deep roster of talent for many years, and have come to expect us to deliver consistent, valuable results when faced with seemingly insurmountable permitting, expansion, compliance or other challenges—all in a friendly, engaging manner. We provide support through Litigation and Enforcement Defense, Permitting and ComplianceAdministrative and Legislative Advocacy, Site Development and Brownfields, Transactional Due Diligence and more.

Clients choose Waller for our:

• Comprehensive and cost-effective team approach
• Skill and knowledge of legislative and administrative processes
• Relationships with key players
• Ability to utilize state and federal programs to limit and quantify client risk
• Mindset towards making deals work

Whether assisting clients with transactional matters such as site selection for new facilities, negotiating permits, defending citizen suits or government enforcement actions, negotiating mergers and acquisitions, or representing them in complex tort actions arising from contamination claims, Waller has years of experience and success in protecting clients' interests.

  • Wrote Government Institutes' Tennessee Environmental Law Handbook
  • Advised the Tennessee Responsible Water Use Coalition to achieve the first major revision to the state's Clean Water Act in 20 years
  • Prior service in the Environmental Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s office and the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Land and Natural Resources Division at the United States Department of Justice
  • Featured speakers at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Annual Environmental Show of the South
  • Regularly recognized by Best Lawyers

Litigation and Enforcement Defense

  • Vigorous advocates in regulatory enforcement actions and civil litigation brought by state and federal government agencies, Attorneys General, district and city attorneys, and citizens' groups
  • Proven track record of success on matters under all major federal environmental laws, including Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act , Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Superfund Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),  as well as many state and local environmental laws throughout the country
  • Extensive experience in toxic tort litigation

Permitting and Compliance

  • Develop, negotiate, and defend permits and regulatory approvals under all major statutory programs
  • Understand both the "technical" and the "political" aspects of permitting
  • Defend environmental enforcement actions, both federal and state, administrative and civil
  • Focused on efficient and cost-effective methods to achieve compliance and client business goals
  • Experience with development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems

Administrative and Legislative Advocacy

  • Strategic and substantive approach to meet clients' goals
  • Experience and success at the state and federal level
  • Well versed in drafting proposed legislation and rules, defeating proposed legislation, or modifying statutes and rules to protect clients

Site Development and Brownfields

  • Advise parties on many of the most important urban projects in Tennessee, Alabama and Texas
  • Assist clients with due diligence, risk management, and permitting issues
  • Develop commercial property with significant contamination under state and federal brownfield programs
  • Instrumental in crafting and enabling legislation for Tennessee's Voluntary Cleanup Oversight and Assistance Program and Alabama’s Land Recycling and Economic Redevelopment Act
  • Completed more sites in State Remediation Section than any other firm in Tennessee

Transactional Due Diligence

  • Identify, prioritize, and resolve environmental risks in transactions so that businesses can proceed confidently
  • Develop creative arrangements for managing environmental liabilities, including indemnities, insurance, carve-outs, and escrow agreements
  • Manage the creation of and review due diligence materials provided by environmental consultants to ensure quality control
  • Oversee development of major retail centers, entertainment venues and multi-family developments in greenfield and brownfield settings

 

Chambers USA notes, "Alongside its well-reputed litigation practice, [Waller] has considerable experience in environmental compliance, permitting, and enforcement counseling,” and cites sources that say, "The attorneys have great standing and credibility with both state and federal regulatory authorities.”

 

Awards

Corporate INTL Global Awards Winner Environmental Law

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