The practice of environmental law covers a wide variety of areas – contract law, regulatory practice, administrative practice, real estate, municipal law and zoning, and federal, state and local laws that relate to the environment and health. To meet a client’s goals, an environmental lawyer must have broad knowledge and experience. Part of that skill and experience should be interpersonal: an environmental lawyer must be able to work with all levels of government officials, from a municipal building inspector all the way up to a commissioner of a state agency.
When a parcel may have problems and impediments, such as contamination, it is critical to use a team approach. A good environmental law firm works closely with knowledgeable scientists and engineers, to identify potential issues as early as possible in the process. When this approach is used effectively, a positive and cost-effective outcome is more likely to take place.
For example, when a bank wanted to purchase a lot that had held a gas station, there were many areas that needed review before the sale could go forward. These included existing soil and groundwater reports, records from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection, legal title and prior leases.
Cramer & Anderson has succeeded in completing many transactions involving the transfer of contaminated property in the state of Connecticut. These properties are now being used productively in many types of businesses.