Jenner & Block

Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law

We offer clients an integrated and proactive approach to the practice of environmental and workplace health & safety (EHS) law. Our lawyers handle the full spectrum of EHS legal issues, including litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. We understand the legal and business issues involved in safeguarding and advocating our clients’ interests, and we work to minimize risk by identifying issues early and creating comprehensive and cost-effective solutions.

Our practice focuses on several interrelated areas of EHS law, including:

  • Environmental Compliance Counseling
    Our compliance counseling includes work at the federal and state level dealing with hazardous waste management, audits and self-disclosure, soil vapor and indoor air quality, firearms and explosives, and a wide-variety of permitting.
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
    Our wide-ranging litigation experience includes CERCLA and cost recovery litigation, environmental citizen suits, toxic tort litigation, environmental enforcement proceedings, natural resource damage claims, and environmental insurance policyholder claims.
  • Workplace Health & Safety
    We provide a full-range of legal services relating to occupational safety and health issues, including OSHA investigation and enforcement defense, whistleblower/retaliation defense, compliance counseling, workplace emergency response, workplace fatality/catastrophic incident investigations, and workplace tort defense.
  • Business Transactions
    We provide clients with comprehensive and interdisciplinary support in all manner of transactions by delivering EHS due diligence and risk quantification, liability management strategies, SEC environmental disclosures, environmental indemnification claims and litigation, complex real estate/financing/joint ventures, and environmental insurance.
  • Contaminated Site Management
    Our EHS lawyers have extensive experience managing CERCLA/Superfund remediation, RCRA corrective actions, voluntary cleanups, Brownfields redevelopment, and Financial Assurance.
  • Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Sustainability
    Our attorneys work with clients on wind, solar, and other alternative energy projects, climate change and greenhouse gas reporting, water scarcity and conservation, LEED certification and energy conservation, “green” chemistry and consumer products, and sustainable business initiatives.
  • Regulated Materials & Incident Response
    We work with clients on a variety of regulated materials issues, including chemical release reporting, DOT/FAA hazardous materials transportation, chemical labeling and registration, asbestos management, chemical facilities security, and TSCA compliance.

Our EHS lawyers are considered leaders in these areas of the law, publishing more than 200 books and articles on EHS topics in numerous publications and regularly speaking and teaching on these topics. Members of our team have been recognized among the best EHS lawyers in the country by Chambers and PartnersBest Lawyers in America, SuperLawyer, LawDragon and others.  Our Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog is one of the most highly regarded national internet sites for EHS legal information and is recognized as a Top 50 Blog by LexisNexis.