Liskow’s Industrial Project Development team excels at helping clients achieve one simple — but not easy — goal: getting things built. When large, complex, capital-intensive industrial projects are on the line, there is simply no substitute for experience. Our lawyers do hands-on work with the nitty-gritty of getting projects over the finish line every day. This unmatched experience is why we’re the firm of choice when it comes to making it happen.
Every project of any size faces regulatory challenges. That’s a given. What’s not a given is these challenges leading to prolonged judicial review, unnecessary delay, and resulting risk to financing, schedules, and sometimes the project itself. With major projects, time and complexity are extremely expensive, and managing all the moving parts takes a combination of execution, strategic thinking, and acumen. In many respects, you are still building the ship as you’re piloting it out of the harbor. Our job is to ensure you reach your destination.
Building on a firm administrative foundation
The first challenge, always, is anticipating challenges. Which means constructing a strong, resilient, and, above all, strategic foundation–one that takes into account all the issues that can foreseeably arise, as well as, to the greatest extent possible, those that you can’t foresee. We know how to build an administrative record that will withstand judicial review, with permitting that’s defensible and results in a minimum amount of delay and complexity.
Our credibility precedes us
We leverage our reputation. When it comes to industrial projects, that reputation precedes us. We’re known as hands-on lawyers who understand the technology, the regulatory issues, and the agencies involved in major projects. Whether it’s the DEQ, the LDNR, the Corps of Engineers, the EPA, or another regulatory agency, we are known as straight shooters and substantive lawyers. Our clients benefit from our credibility. When we speak, regulators listen; when we negotiate, we get results.
Building teams to build projects
Genuine teamwork is another major benefit we bring to projects. We’re a midsized firm, and place a very high premium on collaboration. When supporting projects, we operate as an exceptionally effective, multidisciplinary team. Whether the table at which we gather is real or virtual, we work smoothly with the full range of colleagues – engineers, geologists, other attorneys, PR consultants and, of course, our clients. We strive to create a virtual consultancy in which we tightly integrate with teams and speak their language. This includes a deep understanding of the relevant technology and substantial regulatory experience and relationships.
A key element of teamwork is communication. Our emphasis on teamwork is demonstrated here, too. We communicate like we operate – seamlessly, efficiently, with no duplication of effort. And whether the client wants a weekly standing conference call, a Friday afternoon email, or needs to talk at 8 PM on a Wednesday night, we’re there.
And this includes, by the way, helping clients manage novel or emerging issues. These issues include climate change, environmental justice, and issues associated with carbon capture sequestration and other alternative energy projects. A complex project is a three-dimensional puzzle, a moving target, a huge investment, and often, a political and legal thicket. Whatever arises, we handle it, and as we said, help clients get projects done.