Locke Lord's environmental lawyers have decades of experience in representing clients facing actual or potential enforcement actions, whether civil or criminal and whether as a result of citizen or employee complaints, agency inspections, historical releases resulting in a corrective action process or unanticipated upsets, exceedances or releases. As soon as our clients receive a notice of violation or other enforcement action, we mobilize to best position our clients. In many cases, we are able to head off formal enforcement actions entirely and coordinate the informal resolution of alleged violations to prevent negative publicity or impact on the client's compliance history.
If formal enforcement cannot be avoided, we typically seek to negotiate agreed enforcement orders and work to ensure that agency enforcement approaches are consistent with established penalty policies. If a negotiated resolution is not appropriate, we have experience defending our clients in an administrative or judicial hearing and appeals.