Environmental Practice Group

Williams Acosta‚Äôs Environmental Practice Group has provided advice and consultation on air, water and solid and hazardous waste permitting matters. We are a recognized leader in the area of solid waste and resource management, and have been actively involved in some of the most complex matters involving the siting of various types of facilities, where environmental concerns are paramount. We are well-versed in federal and state laws regulating the discharge of pollutants. Williams Acosta also maintains an active practice in the area of wetlands (permits, mitigation and litigation). We have represented a number of private and municipal entities in the area brownfield redevelopment, where our experience in municipal law, eminent domain, real estate transactions, and environmental law intersect. We are actively involved on behalf of our clients and in our roles as community leaders in participating in legislative, rulemaking, and policy initiatives on matters ranging from traditional environmental regulation to cutting edge issues such as suburban sprawl, “smart-growth,” land-use planning, global climate change, and sustainability. When advice and consultation is not availing or inappropriate, litigation may be the chosen course. Our lawyers have years of experience litigating cases involving response costs recovery, civil and criminal sanctions, toxic torts, environmental insurance claims, and enforcement actions brought by state and federal authorities. By virtue of our municipal practice, we have significant experience representing clients who must enforce their own environmental ordinances and regulations (for water, sewer and land use, for example) while at the same time meet their own environmental regulatory obligations to state and federal authorities.