Environmental Regulation & Disputes

Environmental management and regulatory compliance has become a fact of life in an array of both private and public enterprises. Businesses, individuals and governments are adapting to new demands relating to global warming, green construction and manufacturing, organic foods and resource preservation. High quality environmental management requires knowledge of the changing landscapes of regulation, technology and society.

Axley’s team of environmental attorneys has broad experience in environmental management. Our attorneys include engineers and former environmental prosecutors. We regularly assist clients to understand, anticipate and comply with regulatory requirements. Axley environmental regulation attorneys routinely work with environmental and civil engineers, scientists, regulators and environmental advocates, and colleagues in the environmental consulting and legal communities frequently refer clients to us. We have years of experience problem-solving Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) issues, and we have years of experience settling and litigating when cases are referred to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

At Axley our goal is to assist clients to work through the complex maze of environmental regulation, and to advocate for our clients before administrative agencies and in the courts. Our environmental regulation attorneys provide legal services to clients regarding environmental risk management, permitting, regulatory compliance, contracting for environmental services, and defense in federal, state and local enforcement actions.

Areas in which we provide legal services include:
  • Air pollution
  • Asbestos
  • Audits of environmental compliance
  • Contaminated properties, including Superfund (CERCLA), PECFA and DERP
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Environmental workplace injuries
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Indoor air contamination, Sick Building Syndrome
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Landfills
  • Lead paint
  • Litigation and administrative hearings
  • Mold
  • PCBs
  • Permitting
  • Pesticides
  • Public utilities
  • Real estate transactions and Brownfield development
  • Water pollution
  • Water-related construction and activities, including piers and wetlands
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning and land use

Client Successes

Some of our past experience in the field.
Representation of Contractors Involved in Chapter 30 Litigation With the Wisconsin DNR
Act as General Counsel for Lake Districts
Represent lake districts in water level disputes
Representation of Dam Owners
Representation of dam owners concerning operating order, litigation and dam removal.

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