WASHINGTON D.C. - April 27, 2021 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP released a new episode of the Legal Environmental Insights Podcast titled “What the Largest Litigation Cases and Law Decisions of 2020 Mean to the Practitioner.”
In this latest episode, Shareholders Bernadette Rappold and Christopher Torres discuss some of the most significant environmental enforcement, litigation, and agency decisions and actions in 2020. They review the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Compliance Initiatives and outline key takeaways from notable civil and criminal cases and settlements involving the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. They also break down two notable environmental Supreme Court rulings and explore what those decisions mean to the legal practitioner.
Torres is the administrative shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa office. He concentrates his practice on toxic tort defense, environmental litigation, business and complex commercial litigation, and land use litigation. Previously, Torres represented clients in the areas of securities litigation and enforcement, white collar litigation, and appeals.
Rappold focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory issues related to manufacturing, energy, and the environment. She has substantial litigation experience and advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as the environmental, safety, and health aspects of numerous business and real estate transactions, including water, air, and chemical hazards. Rappold offers clients perspective gained through years of service at the EPA. While serving as a director of the Special Litigation and Projects Division in the Office of Civil Enforcement at the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, she led complex enforcement actions in response to violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other environmental statutes. Her work at the EPA covered a variety of economic and industrial sectors, including the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and agriculture industries.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice assists clients with issues under the environmental and natural resource laws that affect their businesses. The firm’s environmental attorneys assist with securing permits and approvals; negotiating and closing transactions; defending clients in enforcement actions; handling a broad range of environmental and toxic tort litigation; ensuring the understanding and satisfaction of regulatory requirements; preparing for and respond to emergencies; crafting approaches for legacy cleanup issues; and developing solutions for product regulation, market access, and environmental policy challenges. Greenberg Traurig received a first-tier ranking in the “Environmental Law” and “Litigation — Environmental” categories in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” report.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), has approximately 2200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.