Environmental regulation can result in costly interruptions of business operations. Our environmental regulatory team has the knowledge and relationships to find solutions to avoid these problems or when faced with such a challenge to get clients back on track. Navigating these complex regulations and regulatory relationships is Liskow’s stock in trade.
Regulatory relationships are essentially about an ongoing back-and-forth – a conversation, if you will – between a governmental body and a business. Environmental regulations can be extremely complex, technically demanding and are always changing. Clients are often engaged in working with several agencies at different levels of government simultaneously. We help them deal with it all.
Partnering with regulators
We have found, over the many decades that we’ve been practicing in this area of law, that it is best to view regulators as partners rather than adversaries. In representing our clients with regulators, we draw on working relationships that have been built up over years. These allow us to work with regulators rather than against them, and above all, to bring credibility and experience to negotiations that accelerate a solution.
Expect a productive conversation
Our job is to help solve problems and mitigate the risk of business interruptions into the future. We know the regulatory agency you’re working with today will be there tomorrow, next year, and in ten years. By using judgment, experience, and strategic thinking, we can help ensure that the inevitable, ongoing dialogue between our clients and regulators is as efficient, professional, and streamlined as possible.
We deal with disputes
Whether the forum is a meeting with a regulatory agency, an administrative hearing, a mediated negotiation, or something else, we know where and how to push, and how hard. We know what’s reasonable to expect, and what isn’t. And we particularly know and understand the nuances of environmental regulation, which makes us effective. For example, in a permitting matter, a strong administrative record is essential. We know how to build one, and how to use it.
Regulation is simply a fact of life for anyone engaged in industrial operations. It will always be in place, it will always be a factor, and it can be managed well or poorly. But one way or another, it has to be managed. Liskow has been doing this for many years, and the longstanding relationships we’ve built with clients are a testament to our skill, judgment and above all, the value we deliver.