Environmental Litigation Attorney
|Both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) regulate activities that contribute to air pollution, water pollution, and solid and hazardous waste pollution. Most Maryland environmental laws enforce standards that are equivalent to those provided under federal law. Although state and federal jurisdiction sometimes overlap, MDE is generally the regulator of first resort for the implementation and enforcement of environmental laws in Maryland.Given this complex web of regulations, it is no surprise when even the most environmentally conscientious companies and individuals find themselves at odds with the MDE or EPA. The attorneys at Longman & Van Grack represent individuals, groups, companies, and local governments throughout Maryland in civil actions and in administrative proceedings relating to regulatory compliance, permitting, water rights, property contamination, development, the adequacy of reporting and documentation required by various regulatory programs, to claims by neighbors.
At Longman & Van Grack, our goal is helping our clients avoid regulatory problems in the first place by focusing on developing robust compliance programs. We work to thoroughly understand our client’s businesses and how they are impacted by the law so that compliance can be incorporated into business process rather than placed as a hurdle between you and your goals. We also work collaboratively with consultants outside our firm, such accountants and financial advisors to ensure that your interests are being thoroughly and seamlessly protected.
We help our clients rapidly respond to government inquiries in order to minimize regulatory down time. Our focus on compliance means the information the government is requesting is often at the ready. However, we do not push our clients to comply if they think a government request is unreasonable or overly broad. We will help you respond appropriately to government inquiries both when you agree that a request is appropriate and when you wish to contest an over-reach.
Oftentimes we can help our clients reach a negotiated settlement with the agency and other interested parties that is satisfactory to all involved. Our focus is on crafting long term solutions that will keep our clients out of the courtroom and focused on their operations.
When litigation is necessary, our team of litigators can step in to represent you at all types of adversarial hearings – from the agency level to the highest appellate courts. Our attorneys have had significant success persuading judges and government officials in the interpretation of various regulations.
We have the experience and resources needed to address technical issues that often arise in environmental disputes. Our attorneys regularly work with experts in toxicology, environmental science, chemistry, conservation, and hazardous materials management to ensure our clients are able to assert the most effective evidence and arguments possible.
No matter your industry, size, or situation, contact the team of environmental litigators at the law firm of Longman & Van Grack today. Call (301) 291-5027 to schedule a consultation at either our Bethesda or Rockville, Maryland offices.
With Offices in Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD, the attorneys at Longman & Van Grack assist clients throughout Washington, DC and Maryland including Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, Chevy Chase, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.Hiring an attorney is an important decision which should not be based solely on advertising. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.