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Heather Friedman

Heather T. Friedman

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Heather Friedman focuses her practice on the resolution of complex environmental issues from a business perspective. She uses her extensive understanding of both environmental considerations and the accompanying legal ramifications to advise clients in various sectors on a wide variety of environmental matters. In this capacity, she works closely with her clients on the acquisition, development, disposition, management and financing of properties throughout the country. Her practice involves both developed and underutilized environmentally impacted properties for uses including industrial, retail, hotel, office, residential and mixed-use purposes. She serves as environmental counsel for a large variety of clients, including national REITs, developers, regulated parties, financial institutions and institutional lenders. 

Heather routinely engages with the US Environmental Protection and state agencies on brownfield projects, superfund sites, hazardous site cleanups, National Environmental Policy Act matters, underground storage tank programs, and wetland and state water permitting. She also has broad-based expertise in environmental insurance, environmental due diligence matters, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II investigations (for both corporate and real estate transactions), and the negotiation of contractual environmental risk allocation (within Purchase and Sale Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements, Stock Purchase Agreements, Remediation Agreements, Environmental Escrows, Loan Agreements, Environmental Indemnity Agreements and Leases).


Representative Experience

  • Served as lead environmental counsel in a multi-year high-profile brownfield redevelopment which includes a 200+ assemblage of properties with overlapping regulation by EPA and state environmental agency, negotiations with EPA Headquarters and EPA Region 4, and resolving environmental issues in connection with initial of phase construction.
  • Nationwide environmental counsel for a publicly traded retail REIT with past and current projects involving the navigation of state environmental regulatory frameworks and the implementation on environmental strategies in connection with acquisition, management, and development of retail centers.
  • Lead environmental counsel for acquisition and ongoing development of former GM facility in Atlanta, Georgia, regulated by the Georgia Brownfield Program for redevelopment into a combined film studio complex and mixed use development.
  • Environmental counsel for global manufacturing organization with respect to disposition of legacy environmentally impacted properties regulated by RCRA for redevelopment.
  • Lead environmental counsel for the acquisition, operation and sale of a 110-acre industrial property located along Shipyard Creek in Charleston, South Carolina, that included spearheading the removal of the property from the EPA National Priorities List in September 2020 and an Explanation of Significant Differents to remove a residential use restriction in September 2021.
  • Lead environmental counsel for acquisition of a $250 million, 2.3 million square foot industrial facility in Dallas, Texas, located on a naval base with regulatory oversight by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.
  • 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.
  • Served as environmental counsel in connection with a national REIT’s acquisition, disposition, and management of nationwide portfolio of properties, including gas station, restaurants, retail, and shopping.
  • Environmental representation of financial institutions with respect to loan transactions (with particular focus on environmental insurance) and real estate transactions.


  • Selected, Best Lawyers, Environmental Law, 2019 - 2024
  • Selected, Chambers USA, Environmental Law, 2012 - 2023
  • Named, Georgia Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in Atlanta magazine, 2010, 2012 - 2015, 2017 - 2018


  • Executive Board President, Georgia Brownfield Association

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