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Michael Giannotto

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Michael Giannotto is a senior partner in Goodwin Procter's Business Litigation and Environmental Groups. Mr. Giannotto is a nationally recognized expert in environmental issues impacting domestic and international hardrock mining companies and in bankruptcy and bad faith litigation for major insurance companies. He specializes in counseling and complex litigation in several areas, including environmental law, toxic torts and insurance disputes. Mr. Giannotto has tried many cases to judgment, and has briefed and argued numerous cases before federal and state appellate courts.


J.D., 1978 Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) B.A., 1975 University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude)

United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

The 13-strong team at Goodwin acts on matters related to contaminated sediment sites and Superfund sites, hard rock mining, natural resources damages and other environmental enforcement proceedings and settlements. The firm continues to counsel Morton International (a subsidiary of key client Dow Chemical) in relation to the Berry’s Creek Study Area Superfund site in New Jersey, as well as in the Passaic River litigation. Practice head Laurence Kirsch leads the cases with support from Michael Giannotto; both are based in Washington DC. Elise Zoli left for Jones Day and Gregory Bibler left to set up his own firm.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

Goodwin is instructed in matters involving contaminated sediment sites, hardrock mining, Superfund mega sites, natural resource damage claims, multi-media environmental enforcement proceedings and settlements, vapour intrusion problems, and complex compliance settlements. The group continues to act as regular outside counsel to longstanding client Newmont Mining in relation to environmental, public lands, and energy matters, including representing the client before the EPA, the Office of Management and Budget, and the DOI in connection with the EPA’s initiative to promulgate financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry under CERCLA. Additionally, the team advises on legislation related to the management of mercury generated as a by-product of gold mining, and also works with industry and environmental groups and Congressional staffers to develop “Good Samaritan” legislation that would relax liabilities and requirements imposed by the federal environmental laws on mining companies that voluntarily remediate sites polluted in the past by third parties. Contacts in Washington DC include Michael Giannotto and William Jay. Elise Zoli joined Jones Day, Gregory Bibler left to set up his own firm, and Laurence Kirsch moved to Sidley Austin LLP in March 2019.

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