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Virtually all companies in all industry sectors are faced with myriad of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to environmental, health and safety (EHS) matters.  Shipman & Goodwin’s multidisciplinary environmental team advises clients on not only existing EHS requirements, but also industry standards, and emerging developments with respect to environmental legislation, regulation, policy, and management on a national, regional and local level.

Our environmental practice has been recognized consistently by Chambers & Partners USA, the nation’s preeminent guide to law firms and individual attorneys.  According to the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, "Shipman is unique in that it has regional knowledge and partners who have worked on a national and international level.” Several of our environmental lawyers have advanced degrees in the sciences, have clerked for state and federal courts and/or have worked for state EHS regulatory agencies/legislative offices and many have been selected as Super Lawyers®, a national rating service designating lawyers who have achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional development.

Our national and regional clientele includes manufacturers, developers, lending institutions, educational institutions, healthcare entities, insurance companies, energy companies, and private clients.  Our level of service and sophistication of clients across substantive and geographical areas distinguishes us from other firms. 

We advise clients on the full range of EHS and energy matters in the business, transactional, regulatory compliance and litigation (administrative, civil and criminal) context.  Our clients have required assistance on significant environmental matters in dozens of states and we have recently handled environmental matters for clients nationally in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin and in Toronto, Canada.

Our representation includes:


Environmental Litigation
Obtained Reimbursements on Claims for Environmental Cost Recovery
Defense of Federal Suit for Alleged Residual Petroleum from USTs
Defense of Claims of Environmental Contamination Related to Sale of Real Property
Pursuing Claims for Reimbursement from Underground Storage Tank Fund
Defended Federal Lawsuit Involving Third-Party Claims Under CERCLA
Resolved Cost Recovery Claim for Environmental Remediation
Defense of CERCLA Actions Over PCBs from Transformers in North Carolina
Successful Suit for Property Remediation Under CT Environmental Protection Act
Successfully Defended Neighbors' Lawsuits Over a New Ash Landfill
Successfully Defended Noise Nuisance Allegations against Waste-to-Energy Facility
Defended CERCLA Action Regarding Former Ball Bearing Factory
Defended Lawsuit for Costs of Remediating MTBE Plume in Area Groundwater
Defense of Allegations of Underground Contamination - Case Withdrawn
Won Temporary Injunction Against Illegal Solid Waste Landfill
Defended CERCLA Action by a Competitor at a Superfund Site
Defended Environmental Consulting Firm against Professional Malpractice Allegations
Defeated Negligence Claim against Environmental Consulting Firm over Lead Paint in Auctioned Property
Defended Environmental Legal Malpractice Action
Defended Architectural Firm against Professional Malpractice Allegations
Industrial and Specialty Chemical Compliance
Advised Manufacturer on Domestic and International Specialty Chemical Compliance Matters
Land Use Approvals and Litigation
Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for Federally Qualified Health Center
Obtained State Environmental Approvals for National Home Builder
$28+ Million Customized Secured Lender Environmental Insurance Policy Permits National Bank to Close Construction Loan
$16M Tax Credit Financing Construction to Permanent Loan
Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations
Manufacturing Client Secures the Largest C-Pace Financed Solar Project
Successful Acquisition and Land Use Approvals for New Haven Hotel Development
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Loan Origination
Significant Ruling Clarifies Scope of Environmental Regulation
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated River and Property
$203 Million Financing for University Health Ambulatory Care Center
Green Building
$1 Billion Public/Private Urban Renewal Project
$18.6 Million Development of a Green Parking Facility
Creating a Wastewater Management District
Purchase and Redevelopment of Approximately 400 Acres of Property in the Town of Preston, Connecticut
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Energy Counsel
Defended Automobile Manufacturer From CERCLA, RCRA Claims
City of Hartford
American School for the Deaf
Wetlands Regulation
Multi-Year Development of Major Manhattan Mixed-Use Properties
Trial Involving Connecticut Environmental Protection Act
Property Disposition and Development Agreement Between Municipality and Native American Tribe for Development of Mixed Use Project
Acquisition of 238 Acres Inclusive of Equestrian Trails, Dock Access to the CT River and Six Distinct Properties in Lyme, CT
$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project
Installation of Water System
Application for a CPCN for a Water System
Water Rights Injunction
Acquisition of Potable Water for Condominiums
Negotiated a Complex Contract for Electricity Supply Services Resulting in $32,000,000 in Savings
$120 Million Hartford Development "The Learning Corridor"
Settled Civil Complaint in One of the Largest Clean Water Act Cases in Nation
Permitting and Siting of Biodiesel Production Facility
Multi-Party, Residential Oil Spill Litigation
Represented Toll Brothers, Inc. in Acquisition of Property for Large Mixed Use Developments in Stamford and Norwalk
Municipal Energy Counsel
Environmentally Contaminated Property Remediation Dispute
E-Rate Funding
Downtown New Haven Relocation of Gateway Community College


December 1, 2020  Important Notice about EPA Compliance & Enforcement Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
October 8, 2020  Transfer Act Changes and Plans for New Release-Based Program -- Unfinished Business Remains
August 4, 2020  Safety, Health & Environmental Considerations for School Reopenings
June 24, 2020  Does Your Workforce's Use of Cloth Face Masks Satisfy OSHA Rules and Guidance?
May 1, 2020  If COVID Isn't Enough…Multi-Family Property Owners/Managers Beware: NYC Prioritizes Lead-Based Paint Enforcement
April 9, 2020  EPA Loosens Regulatory Requirements for Disinfectant Manufacturers
April 6, 2020  Connecticut Environmental Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 4, 2020  Pay Attention to PFAS
February 3, 2020  Recent Amendments to the CT Transfer Act: A Small Step in the Right Direction for Manufacturers
December 12, 2019  Governor Lamont Releases PFAS Task Force Action Plan
October 24, 2019  Considering Artificial Turf? Pause for PFAS First
September 9, 2019  PFAS: What's All the PFUSS?
August 20, 2019  Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey
June 10, 2019  Legislature Passes Key Amendments to the Connecticut Transfer Act
January 31, 2019  EPA Finalizes Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals - But is it Helpful?
May 1, 2018  Floodplain Building Elevation Standards: Current Requirements & Enhancement Options for Connecticut Shoreline Municipalities
May 1, 2018  Oceanfront State Coastal Management Programs
May 1, 2018  Statutory Adoption of Updated Sea-Level Rise Scenarios
May 1, 2018  Height Restrictions on Elevated Residential Buildings in Connecticut Coastal Floodplains
January 18, 2017  Andrew Davis Published in Environmental Law Handbook
August 9, 2016  Sellers of Certain Connecticut Real Estate Required to Attach Housing Disclosure Form To Purchase Agreements
October 13, 2015  EPA Proposes Long-Awaited Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals by Healthcare Facilities
September 17, 2015  A Busy Summer for Environmental and Land Use Law
August 2015  Coal/Biomass-to-Liquid Fuel Summary Report
June 26, 2015  More Stringent "Significant Environmental Hazard" Reporting Requirements to Take Effect July 1, 2015
November 10, 2014  State Energy Strategy Includes Boost
November 4, 2014  The Connecticut Transfer Act and Connecticut Environmental Remediation Programs Update
Summer 2014  Expanding Clean Energy
February 26, 2014  Make Tenant That Controls Its Space Responsible for Mold Issues
June 18, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 6, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
June 5, 2013  Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms
May 30, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 22, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 17, 2013  Connecticut's Historic Gun Bill and Its Impact on Connecticut's Local and Regional Boards of Education
March 5, 2013  Sandbagging & Environmental Issues in Corporate Transactions
February 25, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
January 11, 2013  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
October 18, 2012  Lending on Contaminated Properties: Using Environmental Insurance to Manage Environmental Risks & Get the Deal Closed
May 10, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 27, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
April 2012  U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Discharge Rule: New Requirements and Risks
April 9, 2012  Redeveloping Brownfields: The Need for Risk Transfer Strategies
April 2, 2012  Shoreline Preservation Panel Battles The Elements
March 16, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update
February 8, 2012  Green Building: Starting To Show Us The Money
February 8, 2012  Environment, Energy and Land Use Legislative Update


October 19, 2020  Environmental Lawyers Article on Transfer Act Published in Hartford Business Journal
May 11, 2020  2020 Chambers Guide Recognizes Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
August 15, 2019  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Attorneys
July 2, 2019  Andrew Davis Quoted in CT Law Tribune Article about Environmental Lawsuits
April 29, 2019  Chambers Recognizes 18 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
August 15, 2018  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
May 3, 2018  Chambers Recognizes 23 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
November 1, 2017  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2018 "Best Law Firms"
August 15, 2017  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 43 Firm Attorneys
May 26, 2017  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
November 3, 2016  Jim Bergenn, Joan Feldman and Tim Hollister Named "Top Lawyers"
November 1, 2016  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2017 "Best Law Firms"
October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
July, 27, 2016  Andrew Davis Featured in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environmental Report
May 31, 2016  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
March 28, 2016  Matt Ranelli Reappointed to Connecticut Green Bank Board
November 2, 2015  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2016 "Best Law Firms"
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 14, 2015  Firm Secures Key Environmental Ruling in CT Supreme Court
May 19, 2015  Chambers Recognizes 23 as Leaders in Their Field
November 3, 2014  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2015 "Best Law Firms"
May 23, 2014  Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
November 1, 2013  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms"
November 1, 2012  Firm Ranked Among 2013 "Best Law Firms"
February 27, 2012  Joseph Williams Appointed to Connecticut's New Shoreline Preservation Task Force


February 9, 2021  Webinar: EBC Annual Emerging Contaminants Seminar: PFAS – The Forever Chemical
January 14, 2021  Webinar: EPA Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Initiative Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
November 12, 2020  Webinar: PFAS at Metal-Plating Facilities: Environmental Management and Regulatory Developments
October 7, 2020  Emerging Contaminants Webinar: COVID-19 – An Environmental Perspective
October 7, 2020  Webinar: Per and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Workshop 2020
July 16, 2020  Webinar: Planning for Reopening Schools and School Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020   NHMA Webinar: Navigating Environmental Challenges
May 12, 2020  Webinar: PFAS in Connecticut: The Latest Developments
May 6, 2020  Webinar: EBC Connecticut Emerging Contaminants: Understanding the Toxicity, Analytical Issues & Regulatory Implications of PFAS
April 2, 2020  Webinar: Strategies for Workouts During COVID-19 Pandemic
October 22, 2019  PCB Contamination: Implications, Strategies & Solutions for the Built Environment
October 16, 2019  Due Diligence at Dawn
March 6, 2019  Brownfield Redevelopment: Challenges & Solutions for Commercial Real Estate Issues in Connecticut
November 1, 2018  Common (and not so common) Legal and Technical Issues Involving the Transfer Act
October 3, 2018  Webinar: Hot Topics in Environmental and Renewable Energy Law for Independent Schools
April 11, 2018  Managing Environmental Risks with Environmental Insurance when Buying, Owning or Financing Commercial Real Estate
February 23, 2018  Hot Topics in Environmental, Construction and Renewable Energy
January 25, 2018  Environmental Issues in Connecticut Real Estate Lending: There is Risk and There is Risk that Matters
June 20, 2017  Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference: Update on Coverage Rulings and Risks
June 13, 2017  Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) 2017 Member Forum
May 17, 2017  International Oil Spill Conference
May 4, 2017  What LEPs Should Know About the Transfer Act
May 3, 2017  No Environmental Issue Left Behind: Challenges for Public Schools – Compliance Requirements, Construction Projects and Crisis Management
April 22, 2017  International Municipal Lawyers Association 2017 Mid-Year Seminar - Land Use: Environmental Insurance
March 16, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practitioner
February 24, 2017  Stormwater Management: The New MS4 Permit Regulations Are Here - Now What?
February 23, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner - The Connecticut Transfer Act
November 15, 2016  Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Annual Convention
April 25, 2016  Farm Renewable Energy & Efficiency Seminar
April 21, 2016  The Evolution of Waste Sites: From Industrial Dreams to Wastelands to Valuable Brownfields
October 14-15, 2015  2015 Natural Resources Symposium
June 24, 2015  CAMA Annual Meeting
June 5, 2013  Webinar: Business and Legal Implications for Environmental Consulting Firms: Lessons Learned from the Stratus/Chevron Ecuador Debacle
March 20, 2013  Environmental Insurance: Closing Coverage Gaps-Turning Swiss Cheese into Cheddar
April 22-24, 2012  Green Building: Starting to Show Us the Money
April 14-15, 2012  Legal Action Network for Development Strategies
February 8-11, 2012  Green Building: Starting To Show Us The Money
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