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Environmental Litigation

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Environmental Litigation

Developing Creative Solutions To Complex Problems

Many businesses are exposed to liability for environmental issues, whether the result of a one-time event or a long-term business practice. Sometimes, the liability exposure is recognized years after the underlying event or events that give rise to the exposure. Whatever the cause or nature of the exposure, Melick & Porter, LLP is prepared to help our clients find a solution. Our environmental litigation team in Boston is experienced in handling complex environmental litigation and pre-litigation matters by employing a straightforward approach. We work closely with our clients to assess the situation and develop a plan to reach a favorable resolution.

Contact us online or by phone at (617) 523-6200 to learn more about how our highly skilled litigators can help you with your environmental matters. We serve clients throughout New England.

Trust Our Decades Of Success

Our team has the knowledge and experience to analyze and apply the environmental laws and science involved in each matter. But we also are advocates and advisors for our clients. We help our clients reach the best possible solution, whether through hard-fought litigation or early resolution. Furthermore, because non-environmental law issues often surface in environmental law matters, our clients have the benefit of the knowledge and depth of Melick & Porter, LLP’s other practice groups.

Some of our representative environmental litigation matters include:

  • Working with clients to resolve claims arising out of their alleged oil and chemical spills
  • Representing environmental professionals and firms against allegations of failing to provide adequate remediation services
  • Representing companies seeking to recover funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust
  • Representing construction companies accused of causing or contributing to the release of toxic chemicals
  • Working closely with our toxic tort practice group in providing advice to our clients on a variety of issues ranging from changes in environmental law to corporate structure and insurance coverage

How We Have Helped

If you want to learn more about our track record before your trust us to take on your environmental case, please do not hesitate to contact us for references. We have represented countless entities and have obtained favorable results to allow companies to move on with business.

Carolyn Miller and Matthew Welnicki obtained a notable defense verdict in a multi-party environmental cost recovery action brought under G.L. c. 21E (Massachusetts’ CERCLA equivalent). The plaintiff demanded approximately $12.5 million for costs incurred removing PCB-contaminated sediment from Mother Brook, a Neponset River tributary in Hyde Park. Carol and Matt secured a defense verdict following a six-week jury trial before Judge William Young in U.S. District Court in Boston. Our Firm represented a paint manufacturing company. The plaintiff and co-defendants sought to hold our client responsible for the contamination found on its former property decades after it moved, claiming that the PCBs had migrated to the brook and contributed to the contamination. Contested issues involved the statutory distinctions for the liability of present as opposed to former owners, corporate successor liability, and the impact of one party’s prior bankruptcy. Trial witnesses included several experts who testified about the historic use of PCBs, PCB testing and “fingerprinting” methods, PCB migration in soil and water, and environmental remediation practices and methods.

When you are involved in an environmental dispute, you can trust our environmental litigators to be at your side to protect what is yours. Call us at (617) 523-6200 to discuss your options for moving forward.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Alexander W. Ahrens

    Associate

    Alex is an associate in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.
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    Whitney K. Barrows

    Partner

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    Jacqueline A. Crockwell

    Associate

    Jacqueline is an associate in the Providence office. Her practice focuses on toxic torts, products liability, and premises liability. Jacqueline represents manufacturers of a variety of products including valves, pumps, boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. She also handles general liability matters. Jacqueline is a cum laude graduate of Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University School of Law.

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    Robert S. Ludlum

    Partner

    Robert has extensive experience in the litigation, trial, and appeal of a broad spectrum of cases on behalf of businesses and individuals in the state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Robert serves as counsel for insurers and insured in state and federal courts in connection with claims for coverage on general liability, property, products liability, labor and employment, and umbrella and excess policies.

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    Carolyn M. Miller

    Partner

    Carolyn is a partner at Melick & Porter's Boston office. Carolyn joined the firm in 2014, after having worked at another Boston insurance defense firm for over five years. Carolyn has extensive experience in defending individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex multi-party construction-related matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and breach of contract claims in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
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    John F. Rooney III

    Member

    John F. Rooney, III, who joined the firm in 1986, has successfully tried over 300 cases in both state and federal court. His practice focuses on toxic torts, complex products liability, environmental damage, utility companies, fire and explosion cases, aviation law, contract actions, insurance fraud, sexual abuse matters, premises liability, and criminal law.
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    Dos T. Urbanski

    Partner

    Dos Urbanski has been with Melick & Porter since 2002 and has represented clients in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has broad experience in a number of litigation areas with cases involving employment and professional liability issues, along with commercial and general liability matters.
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    Matthew C. Welnicki

    Partner

    Matt focuses his practice on tort defense (including product liability, abuse cases, transportation claims and premises liability matters), business litigation, environmental law, and insurance matters. He has significant experience in the Massachusetts and Connecticut state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
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