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David G Mandelbaum

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David G. Mandelbaum is co-chair of the firm's Environmental Practice. He represents clients faced with problems under the environmental laws that have no conventional solution, or for which the conventional solution would yield an unacceptable result. While he regularly represents clients in lawsuits, he does not restrict his practice to litigation and has helped clients achieve satisfactory outcomes through regulatory negotiation or private transactions. David handles some of the most significant Superfund and hazardous waste litigation in the United States, and he represents natural gas exploration and production companies, midstream providers, and landowner coalitions in connection with development of the Marcellus Shale and other natural gas resources. He regularly handles permit appeals and citizen suits under the water pollution, air pollution, and solid waste laws. He has represented clients in litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and several disputes among private parties following failed or unsatisfactory transactions.

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

The environmental litigation and toxic tort practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP handles national and international environmental and toxic tort matters in a variety of industry sectors. Practice head David Weinstein and Christopher Torres in Tampa are defending Mosaic Fertilizer in several environmental lawsuits and class actions, including a case in which the plaintiff alleges that she was harmed by lifelong exposure to hazardous air pollutants and other toxins from one of the client’s manufacturing facilities. In other work, the team is defending National Foam and related entities as national counsel in over 100 class actions relating to the contamination of the groundwater and municipal water supplies close to military bases, airports and fire training academies. Other names to note include department co-chairs David G Mandelbaum in Philadelphia and Steven C Russo in New York. Chicago-based Francis Citera is also recommended. Tim Swickard joined the Sacramento office from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in March 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

With 30 offices across the country, part of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s strength lies in its localized expertise. The firm has a comprehensive approach to environment litigation, handling administrative law, auditing and compliance, brownfield development and risk transfer, class action and mass tort litigation, cost recovery, crisis response and management, government enforcement litigation, insurance, Native American law, natural resource damages, permitting litigation and appeals, regulatory rulemaking and challenges, Superfund litigation, and toxic tort litigation. It represented key clients Mosaic Fertilizer and The Mosaic Company in a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff alleging damages from life-long exposure to hazardous air pollutants and other toxins from one of Mosaic Fertilizer’s manufacturing facilities in Florida. The practice is led by the ‘highly expert’ David Mandelbaum in Philadelphia, Kerri Barsh in Miami, and Tampa managing shareholder David Weinstein. Other key contacts include Chicago-based Francis Citera, who co-chairs the products liability and mass torts litigation group; Christopher Bell in Houston; Caleb Holmes in Philadelphia; and former US Attorney for the District of Colorado, Troy Eid; as well as Paul Seby and Christopher Neumann in Denver.

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Environment: regulatory

Within: Environment: regulatory

One of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s strength is its nationwide spread with localised knowledge in 30 offices across the country. The lawyers have expertise in administrative law, auditing and compliance, brownfield development and risk transfer, crisis response and management, energy and infrastructure projects, Native American law, natural resources, permitting, CAA, CWA, ESA, CERCLA, NEPA, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and rulemaking and challenges. Kerri Barsh co-chairs the environmental practice from Miami; Philadelphia-based David G Mandelbaum is the other practice co-chair; in Houston Christopher L Bell is the EPA-appointed independent monitor overseeing compliance by Duke Energy with the conditions of its plea to criminal misdemeanour violations of the CWA. Other clients include National Marine Manufacturers Association, the State of North Dakota, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, and National Sorghum Producers.

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