Environmental Law

Transactional Representation

If you buy, sell, develop, or finance property, you are no stranger to environmental laws and regulations and their potential impacts. Before you complete any transaction, you need to know if environmental responsibilities and risks have been appropriately defined and allocated.

Representing your interests, our responsive legal team will put its experience to work to minimize your risk and enable successful transactions that meet your needs. Attorneys in Mintz Levin’s Environmental Law Practice are skilled in helping clients identify and assess environmental concerns, and in structuring corporate and real estate transactions to clearly address environmental responsibilities.

Quick Facts


  • One of the largest environmental law practices in New England
  • Frequently consulted by regulators and trade associations on cutting-edge issues
  • Senior lawyers include two former general counsel of government agencies
  • Environmental permitting for recent infrastructure projects involving more than $1 billion in capital investments
  • Recent litigation includes amicus position largely adopted by US Supreme Court in CERCLA litigation
  • Transactions of all sizes, ranging from the sale and financing of a single piece of real estate to acquisitions and sales of property portfolios throughout US and the world
  • Known for cost-effectively managing the convergence of property transfer, remediation, and financing

Areas of Focus

  • Environmental diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions, financing and underwriting, and offerings of public stock and debt
  • Environmental risk allocation, escrow, and remediation agreements
  • Negotiation of environmental insurance policies
  • Reviewing environmental permitting and liability issues affecting a wide variety of activities, developments, acquisitions, and investments
  • Advising on environmental and natural resource issues in commercial transactions
  • Addressing environmental health and safety issues related to contaminated soil and groundwater, waste disposal, and toxic tort liability

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: practice recognized every year since the guide’s inception
  • Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America, Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers, and Which Lawyer? Yearbook

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented potential purchaser of industrial property in connection with and in anticipation of one of the largest repurposings of industrial properties in the Commonwealth’s history. This representation involved the lengthy but ultimately successful negotiation of an allocation agreement assigning responsibility for future response actions at the site and providing for expedited resolution of any disputes.
  • Lead environmental due diligence teams in transactions involving hundreds of properties in most states.
  • Manage consultants to avoid unnecessary subsurface testing and associated costs, and ensure accurate remediation and construction cost estimates.
  • Secure regulatory approvals necessary to enable accurate budget forecasting.

Representative Clients

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CVS Health Corporation
  • General Electric Company
  • Northeast Utilities Systems
  • Spectra Energy Corp.