Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Heather Friedman

Heather T. Friedman

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Phone: 404.504.7781
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Heather Friedman focuses her practice on the resolution of complex environmental issues from a business and real estate perspective. Her practice includes both transactional and compliance work associated with the acquisition, development, disposition, management and financing of properties and companies with environmental issues throughout the country. Her practice involves both developed and underutilized environmentally impacted properties for use as industrial, retail, hotel, office, residential and mixed-use purposes. She serves as environmental counsel for a large variety of clients, including national REITs, developers, financial institutions and institutional lenders.

Ms. Friedman serves as environmental counsel for several multi-million projects in Georgia, the Southeast and throughout the country (including along the eastern seaboard, midwest and the west coast). Representative matters include mixed-use, hospitality, multi-family, retail and industrial projects. These projects require routine engagement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (federally-regulated superfund sites, including some on the EPA National Priority List) as well as state agencies (with a particular focus on brownfield and voluntary cleanup programs that incentivize the cleanup of environmental impacted properties by private parties).

Ms. Friedman represents clients in regulatory and transactional aspects of state and federal voluntary cleanup/brownfield programs, hazardous site cleanups, National Environmental Policy Act matters, underground storage tank programs, and wetland and state water permitting. She also has expertise in environmental insurance, environmental due diligence matters (Phase I and Phase II investigations as well as corrective actions) and the negotiation of contractual environmental risk allocation.

 

Representative Experience

  • Environmental counsel for note acquisition and ongoing management of an assemblage of properties in Charleston, South Carolina that consists of four federal superfund sites and over ten state voluntary cleanup sites.
  • Environmental counsel for acquisition of retail center in Atlanta, Georgia, including guiding property though the Georgia Hazardous Sites Response Program (state superfund program) and Georgia Brownfield Program.
  • Lead environmental counsel for acquisition and financing of former manufacturing facility with ongoing corrective action by the responsible party that was developed into a retail center in Richmond, Virginia including negotiation of an environmental insurance policy.
  • Lead environmental counsel for the acquisition of 22 financial service center properties in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Texas and Wisconsin which included environmental impacts from historical gas station and automotive repair operations.
  • Lead environmental counsel for the acquisition of property with a historic manufactured gas plant for redevelopment into a hotel located in Columbia, South Carolina which included negotiations with the South Carolina state environmental agency.

Accolades

  • Listed,  The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, top lawyer in Environmental Law (2012 - 2019)
  • Honored, Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2012
  • Named, Georgia Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in Atlanta magazine (2010, 2012 - 2015, 2017-2018)
  • Member, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Environmental Committee

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