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Partner - Aaron D. Levy

Aaron D. Levy

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Aaron Levy is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group.  Aaron's practice involves providing environmental regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence and business counseling with respect to a wide range of federal and state environmental, health and safety laws.

Aaron’s corporate and transactional experience includes advising buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders on environmental risks and liabilities associated with mergers and acquisitions, including asset and stock purchases, lending arrangements and corporate reorganizations.  Aaron’s experience also includes negotiating environmental insurance programs (e.g., pollution legal liability, secured creditor) and other risk allocation and liability transfer/exit strategy agreements to creatively “box in” environmental risks and liabilities.

Aaron also regularly counsels private and public entities regarding compliance with remediation requirements under federal and state laws, as well as the abatement of hazardous building materials (e.g., asbestos, lead, PCBs).

Aaron’s experience also includes representing clients involved in state and federal environmental cost-recovery litigation and agency enforcement-related matters, including with respect to the import/export of federally regulated products.  Aaron also has experience advising clients with respect to internal environmental, health and safety audits, voluntary self-disclosures and mandatory reporting requirements.

Aaron is a co-author of the Asbestos chapter of the Environmental Law Practice Guide published by Matthew Bender and has been selected to co-author and periodically update the environmental, health and safety provisions included in the model transaction documents (e.g., Asset Purchase Agreement, Stock Purchase Agreement) published by the Practical Law Company, Inc.

Prior to joining the firm, Aaron was an Associate in the Environmental, Health & Safety practice group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Environment (2017-2019)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Environmental (2013-2019)
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2018)
  • Judicial Clerk, Massachusetts Superior Court (2006-2007)
  • Connecticut Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Environmental Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Greater Hartford: Member, Board of Directors (2017-present)

  • Leadership Greater Hartford: Quest Class of 2016

  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Student Mentor Program

Settlement Negotiations in Response to U.S. EPA Enforcement Action

Represented bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing company in settlement negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1) in response to an enforcement action alleging over 1,800 separate violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and seeking a civil penalty in excess of $12 million.  The negotiated Consent Agreement and Final Order resolved all allegations in the complaint and incorporated a total civil penalty of $526,500.

Represented Aerospace Products Manufacturer During Negotiation of $84 Million Stock Purchase Agreement and Provided Strategic Business Counseling Regarding Environmental Risk Transfer Strategies

Advised privately held company and its shareholders during the negotiation of a stock purchase agreement whereby the buyer, a NYSE traded company, agreed to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the company for $84 million. Successfully negotiated a deal structure to favorably protect the shareholders of the privately held company with respect to historic environmental contamination and negotiated agreements that established strict parameters and procedures by which environmental escrow funds may be used post-closing to address historic environmental contamination.

Experience

Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations
Successful Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Hotel Development
Significant Ruling Clarifies Scope of Environmental Regulation
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated River and Property
Settlement Negotiations in Response to U.S. EPA Enforcement Action
Defense of Claims Alleging Breach of Contract and Violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act
Defense of Class Action Lawsuits Seeking Damages Related to Oil Spill
Advised Global Insurer on Potential Climate Change-Related Risks, Liabilities and Opportunities
New Markets Tax Credit Financing for Federally Qualified Health Center
Represented Aerospace Products Manufacturer During Negotiation of $84 Million Stock Purchase Agreement and Provided Strategic Business Counseling Regarding Environmental Risk Transfer Strategies
Oil Spill Response, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Litigation Support
Advised Publicly Traded Companies on SEC Disclosures Regarding Environmental, Health & Safety Related Risks and Liabilities
Represent Marquee Tenant of a New York City Office Building with Respect to Investigation and Evaluation of Water Intrusion-Related Damage and Mold-Related Environmental, Health and Safety Concerns
Represent Real Estate Development Firm in $20 million Acquisition and Lease of 33-acre Former Clairol Hair Care Products Manufacturing Facility
Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for Federally Qualified Health Center
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