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Morris, Manning & Martin’s Environmental Practice develops mechanisms through which environmentally impacted properties can be purchased, financed, redeveloped and sold in an increasingly challenging market. Our excellent service and skills are evidenced by the practice’s ranking in Chambers USA, a leading legal services ranking publication.
Our Environmental Practice is a national practice. We serve as specialized counsel for our clients, regardless of location, and we have created the network needed to provide solutions for our clients across the country. We have handled significant projects in over 40 of the 50 U.S. states. The substantial network we’ve created through our vast experience includes strategic relationships with equity sources, lenders, insurance companies and heads of state agencies. Though our experience is most substantial in the U.S., our lawyers have also handled the acquisition, financing and disposition of properties in Australia, Asia, Europe and South America, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Morris, Manning & Martin’s Environmental Practice goes beyond the traditional role of environmental counsel to provide the broader economic development assistance needed for redevelopment of urban and industrial areas, including airports, seaports and transportation corridors. A fundamental component of our involvement includes working with state and federal agencies to draft legislation that promotes tax and economic incentives for redevelopment. We also coordinate the transportation, land use and environmental issues necessary for success in these projects.
Our lawyers have particular depth in managing and solving the following types of issues:
The Environmental Litigation Practice at Morris, Manning & Martin is one of the leading practices of its kind in the U.S. Our lawyers routinely assist clients across the country with environmental considerations and their impact on business and corporate real estate. Redevelopment of contaminated properties hinges on liability, regulations, and financing. Our lawyers navigate a course through these obstacles and steer clients toward meeting their goals.
Negotiators and Litigators
Our lawyers address and solve environmental issues associated with every type of property, including steel mills, plating facilities, automobile manufacturing facilities, textile mills, military bases, ports, oil fields, shopping centers, landfills, timber assets, hotels, office complexes and residential developments. We develop mechanisms through which such properties can be purchased, financed, redeveloped and sold in an increasingly challenging market. This includes addressing environmental issues associated with distressed assets and, increasingly, port and infrastructure developments. Our lawyers possess broad based experience in issues associated with such developments, including Environmental Impact Statements and the permitting related to dredging and filling needed for port related expansions and development of other waterfront properties. We have also successfully negotiated and litigated broad-based environmental concerns, from cost recovery to insurance disputes. We deal on a daily basis with representatives of the EPA and their state counterparts and have resolved property rehabilitation issues for hundreds of environmentally impacted properties across the country, including Atlantic Station®.
Leadership Across the Field
Our lawyers are active in professional and regulatory circles, interpreting and drafting new regulations to guide business and industry toward creative new solutions. We serve as national environmental counsel for a number of major institutional clients. Our group includes lawyers with engineering and construction experience, an environmental specialist and a former state environmental regulator, adding technical and regulatory depth. We deal on a daily basis with representatives of the EPA, have developed close relationships with senior-level state regulators and regularly assist in developing cleanup standards that are realistic and cost-effective. We have developed brownfield legislation across the U.S. that engages local and state governments and provides economic and other incentives for redevelopment.
Focused on Solutions
Our lawyers concentrate on finding solutions to solve environmental risks while serving our clients’ business objectives. Redevelopment efforts proceed in combination with pollution cleanup, creating institutional-grade properties that become valuable business assets. Financing is secured with transferable liability protections. Our goal-oriented leadership on Atlantic Station® in Atlanta turned the nation’s largest brownfield site into a multi-use development that has earned the highest environmental accolades and the prestigious Phoenix Award. We are also actively involved on behalf of lenders in addressing distressed properties which suffer from environmental issues and in developing methods and strategies whereby the lender can realize upon its collateral. With environmentally compromised properties, land use, property values and corporate bottom lines are interwoven. Such disparate considerations can be overcome using the comprehensive expertise you will find in the Environmental lawyers at Morris, Manning & Martin.
Morris, Manning & Martin is among the leading law firms in the U.S. providing counsel for project and infrastructure development, including public-private partnerships (P3) and privatizations. Our municipal and private sector clients know us not only for the depth of our infrastructure development experience, but also for our team of dedicated attorneys who can assist in taking a project from conception to completion. Our attorneys are highly experienced in all aspects of procurement, the underlying commercial transactions, public and private finance, regulatory compliance, permitting, tax structuring, land use and eminent domain. During the past 30 years, the team has represented clients in over 100 public-private partnerships, including the drafting and negotiation of over 100 design-build and design-build-operate contracts.
Whether you are seeking to find common ground among the many divergent project stakeholders, trying to navigate the maze of procurement approaches, contracting methods and permitting, or just figuring out how to finance your project, MMM’s Infrastructure and P3 team can help.
Our attorneys have represented a wide range of clients, from municipalities to private companies, in strategic planning, procurement, development, financing, acquisition, construction, and management and operation. Members of our team have represented almost 150 municipalities and governmental authorities throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as dozens of private companies involved in all aspects of infrastructure development, operation and finance.
Our project development, infrastructure and P3 expertise spans many sectors, including:
Every day we bring together a dedicated team of attorneys with a broad range of backgrounds, from transactional attorneys to attorneys specializing in energy, public finance, environmental, tax, corporate, construction, land use and eminent domain law.
Our Energy attorneys represent a broad range of clients including co-generators, commercial and industrial energy consumers, electric cooperatives, financial institutions, independent power producers, marketers, municipalities, producers, and utilities. Our experience in energy law extends to the generation, interconnection, sale, purchase and transmission of electric power; the production, sale, purchase and transportation of natural gas, oil, coal, and coal-based products; and related financing, legislation, litigation, marketing, and regulation. In addition to providing innovative legislative and regulatory solutions, we structure and negotiate commercial transactions designed to both maximize enterprise value and increase competitive advantage. Our experience in environmental law extends to project planning, procurement, contracting for development and operation, permitting, tax structuring, financing (public and private), ground leasing and regulatory development and compliance.
Our practice encompasses all aspects of project development from conception to completion, including planning, partnership and corporate structuring; engineering; procurement; construction; financing; tax; operation and maintenance; fuel management; and related contract drafting and negotiation. Our attorneys have represented clients before the FERC and state utility commissions on matters involving project development, ratemaking, power purchase agreements, interconnection issues, electric market restructuring, rulemakings, RTO/ISO formation and transmission market operations, market-based sale authority, grid reliability issues and energy and capacity costs. We also have broad experience with PJM, NYISO, ERCOT, and MISO markets and programs, including eligibility, scheduling, aggregation and participation in energy, capacity, demand response and ancillary services markets.
Recognizing that our clients’ businesses are affected by diverse issues that vary by industry and location, our team develops effective solutions drawing on our experience and capabilities in areas that include:
Our Sustainability Practice brings together the right team of experienced lawyers to proficiently meet or exceed the needs of "green" businesses. We stay a step ahead by embracing innovation, always expanding our knowledge and constantly finding better ways to help both new and emerging and mature and established businesses achieve their goals. Our entrepreneurial approach excels by focusing on bottom line results that accomplish the objectives of our clients.
We use a multidisciplinary approach to combine transactional experience and business acumen with the firm's resources in mergers and acquisitions, project development, project financing and related structured financing. Working together, our lawyers provide practical, thoughtful and informed advice on complex transactions, keeping our clients one step ahead of the competition. Our clients benefit from our lawyers' experience in managing, negotiating and executing intricate transactions in electric power, natural gas, LNG, transmission, manufacturing and renewable energy sources.
We provide a broad range of legal services to private equity, venture capital and other investors, financial institutions, developers, builders, project owners, energy services companies, engineering, procurement and construction firms and suppliers, and other vendors in the renewable energy sector. We have experience with:
Our knowledge will guide you through the maze of complex issues involved with federal, state and local regulatory compliance, maximizing tax incentives and renewable energy credits, power transmission, commercializing technologies and protecting intellectual property and other assets.
Sustainable Growth and Clean Technology
We represent companies that are cutting-edge leaders in the efficient use of land, air and water resources, including the reduction or avoidance of environmental damage from greenhouse gases, hazardous emissions and waste materials. Our Sustainable Growth and Clean Tech Practice draws on our multifunctional capabilities to help businesses with green initiatives, including the development, installation and use of pollution control equipment, energy efficiency and electricity management systems and smart grid technologies.
Who are the practice's clients?
Lawyers in our Sustainability Practice represent a broad range of clients, including:
What kinds of services does the Sustainability Practice offer?
The Sustainability Practice offers full-service representation to our clients. We are able to use an integrated approach to tap into firm-wide resources and knowledge to achieve our clients' business goals. Our services include:
Our lawyers have the legal acumen necessary to advise you on tax credits and incentives, structure project financing, negotiate technology licensing and government contracts, provide legal protection for new technologies, and counsel clients in the application and protection of their patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A number of our Intellectual Property lawyers previously worked in the U.S. Patent Office as patent examiners, including a former U.S. Patent Examiner working in the unit that reviewed solar energy and photovoltaic patent applications and technologies. In addition, we provide counseling on the real estate, environmental and construction issues unique to projects incorporating smart growth concepts and/or sustainable development practices, including brownfield redevelopments and LEED™ projects. Several of our lawyers are LEED™ certified.
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