If you’re operating an industrial facility, dealing with state and federal environmental regulators is simply a requirement of doing business. And because “perfect” compliance is typically beyond reach, enforcement actions happen. At Liskow, our Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Defense team helps clients achieve the highest level of environmental compliance and assists in managing the complexity, cost, and risk of both state and federal enforcement.
In this setting, we’re known as lawyers who roll up our sleeves, dig deep into the regulations and technical details at issue – and who leverage our hands-on knowledge of the nitty-gritty to give our clients every possible advantage. We master details in a field where details really matter. Whether a client is operating a refinery, a chemical plant, or some other kind of industrial facility, we know the territory, the rules, and the players. We’ve worked with clients in industries ranging from plastics to fertilizer manufacturing to hazardous waste. Our broad and deep experience is our differentiator.
Long-term guidance for long-term partnerships
Typically, our clients have protracted dealings with regulatory agencies – they are often connected for years and years. Perhaps the biggest value we offer our clients is our guidance in managing this ongoing relationship. Experience and insight drive our ability to negotiate issues, resolve them quickly, and build a productive, long-term working association with regulators who can, and will, have a major impact on your business.
Problem-solvers and solution-builders
Liskow builds upon its experience. For example, Liskow has developed processes and procedures to efficiently evaluate potential penalties . Regulations require consideration of multiple criteria for every alleged violation. By quantifying and organizing the range of potential penalties based on the applicable criteria then identifying areas of agreement and disagreement, we focus our efforts on the subjects that matter, saving our clients time, money, and distraction.
Helping clients navigate a changing landscape
We also keep our clients out in front of what’s coming next. Environmental enforcement is an ever-changing landscape – for example, over the past several years, the fossil fuel industry has faced increasing regulatory scrutiny which has created a greater risk of enforcement actions. Additionally, environmental justice is now a more significant issue, in many facility permitting matters and can factor into agencies’ enforcement action decisions. Our knowledge of these trends helps our clients anticipate and manage them.