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Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Speak at Florida Chamber Foundation’s 35th Annual Environmental Summer School

MIAMI – July 15, 2021 – Five Greenberg Traurig attorneys from the firm’s Environmental Practice will speak at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 35th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School to be held from July 20-23 at the JW Marriott in Marco Island, Florida.

The annual event aims to keep Florida Chamber of Commerce members and organizations informed of environmental and growth management laws and regulations affecting Florida and the nation. It is the largest event of its kind in the state and is attended by more than 1200 attorneys, consultants, engineers, state and local government officials, developers, landowners, and others who are interested in environmental issues.

Below is the list of firm attorneys who are presenting on the following topics:

  • Kerri L. Barsh: Strategies for Avoiding Litigation Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), and Updates on Evolving Regulations and Policies Under the New Biden Administration
  • Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice: Florida Brownfields: A Comprehensive Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Update
  • Bernadette M. Rappold: Federal Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Update
  • Christopher Torres: Avoiding Public Hearing Pitfalls: Preparation, Presentation, and Legal Challenges
  • David Weinstein: Understanding Civil and Criminal Environmental Liability – How to Protect Your Company and Yourself

Barsh is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Environmental Practice. Based in the firm’s Miami office, she represents public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters, ranging from transactional support and due diligence to environmental assessment and liability matters, climate change, wetlands and coastal permitting and complex land use projects. Barsh serves as a key legal advisor for clients navigating the complex range of compliance issues and enforcement cases that affect land development throughout Florida and nationally.

“Every year, I look forward to The Florida Chamber’s Annual Environmental Summer School because it provides an exceptional opportunity to exchange ideas about the many important and everchanging issues that businesses throughout the nation face in this highly regulated area,” Barsh said. “This year, with the Biden administration’s new environmental policies, it is particularly important to determine what these policies mean for business owners and companies and to develop strategies for maintaining compliance.”

Weinstein chairs the firm’s national Environmental & Toxic Torts Litigation Practice and is the managing shareholder of the firm’s Tampa office. He is a “go to” litigator and strategist for high-stakes and complex civil and white-collar litigation, including environmental, toxic tort, real estate, land use, business, and other challenging matters.

“It is increasingly important for business owners and companies throughout Florida to understand how to protect themselves and their business the threat of civil and criminal environmental liability,” Weinstein said. “I plan to offer attendees tips on how best to safeguard themselves against potential exposure in both of these contexts.”

Based in the Tallahassee office, Nicholson-Choice has 30 years of government, environmental, land use, brownfields, and construction legal experience, with an emphasis in negotiating and resolving complex environmental permitting, due diligence, and litigation matters for real estate, commercial foreclosures, bankruptcy cases, environmental investigations, remediation projects, and brownfields development. She helps clients evaluate risks and costs associated with potential environmental cleanup and third-party liability, as well as securing regulatory approvals for complex contamination remediation projects.

Rappold, who is based in the Washington, D.C. office, focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory issues related to energy, manufacturing, 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 senior levels of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Torres is the Administrative Shareholder of the Tampa Office and concentrates his practice on business and complex commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, environmental litigation, and land use litigation. He has represented clients in the areas of securities litigation and enforcement, white collar litigation, and appeals, and also has experience in the areas of corporate and securities law.

Greenberg Traurig is also a sponsor of the event, which is organized by the Florida Chamber’s Florida Environmental Network, Inc. 

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 responding to emergencies; crafting approaches for legacy cleanup issues; and developing solutions for product regulation, market access, and environmental policy challenges.

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. GT has been recognized for the 13th consecutive year as having the most attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: