Members of our practice have developed a national reputation in the area of oil and chemical spills, including emergency response and the assessment and restoration of natural resource damages (NRDs), representing domestic and international energy, manufacturing, shipping and insurance clients in both the aquatic and terrestrial environments across the country.
In particular, our experience encompasses:
Most significantly, we are part of a multi-disciplinary team that responds on behalf of ship owners and operators, and their insurers, to major oil/chemical spills and casualties throughout the United States, including in the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, northern Atlantic (Buzzards Bay) and Pacific (Puget Sound) Oceans. In this capacity, we have been involved in more than a dozen major matters with state and federal agencies and trustees across the country, which have resulted in the execution of consent decrees resolving myriad of claims in aquatic environments associated with injuries to, for example: diverse types of shoreline (e.g., marsh habitats); aquatic/water column micro-organisms; finfish/shellfish; birds/wildlife (including threatened and endangered species), and lost recreational uses (e.g., shoreline use, boating, fishing/shellfishing).
Our seasoned approach to such matters entails: