Because virtually every business activity today carries with it environmental implications, Doherty, Wallace has developed an expertise in environmental compliance and litigation. The firm helps clients resolve, and prevent, environmental problems.

Doherty, Wallace is one of the few law firms in Western Massachusetts with significant environmental litigation experience. The firm’s attorneys have handled litigation cases including lead and asbestos issues, oil spills, noxious gas releases, mold infestations, toxic dust, and chemical fires and explosions.

The firm negotiates with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in connection with hazardous materials remedial actions. The firm also represents clients before local conservation commissions.

Doherty, Wallace has experience representing companies in litigation involving the allocation of clean-up responsibility at toxic waste sites among potentially responsible parties.

The firm regularly advises owners, occupants, purchasers, and sellers of real estate on their rights and obligations under hazardous materials, wetlands, and other environmental laws and regulations. Doherty, Wallace routinely works with consultants in undertaking and analyzing hazardous materials site assessments and in determining appropriate responses based on the results of these reviews.

Doherty, Wallace business and real estate attorneys have vast experience assisting clients in permitting requests for everything from gasoline service stations through the siting of land fills and transfer stations, and addressing the concomitant environmental and zoning issues that are frequently raised in those matters.