Enforcement and Litigation

Schiff Hardin's Environmental Group litigates disputes on behalf of its clients against both governmental and private entities. We represent clients in both civil and criminal matters, in administrative proceedings and at the trial and appellate levels of the state and federal courts. Examples of our experience include:


  • Representing clients in enforcement actions brought by federal, state or municipal authorities, or by citizen groups, involving air, water and solid and hazardous waste statutes and Superfund matters
  • Negotiating administrative consent orders with federal and state environmental agencies for the investigation of current and former manufacturing facilities, and for the subsequent removal or remedial actions to address releases at those facilities
  • Defending enforcement actions and investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to nonattainment New Source Review and Prevention of Significant Deterioration permitting issues

Private Party Litigation

  • Prosecuting or defending cost recovery and contribution lawsuits involving disputes over responsibility for contamination of property
  • Litigating contractual or quasi-contractual claims related to indemnification for environmental liabilities, such as claims between current and former owners of real property or a company, lenders and borrows, and insurance companies and policy holders
  • Litigating state law claims for personal injury and property damage