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Slinde Nelson

Strategic Representation in Environmental Claims

Almost no business owner plans for being embroiled in an environmental dispute. What’s worse is that once you’re there, Oregon environmental disputes can be a complex and expensive labyrinth of endless bureaucracy, expert studies, complex and overlapping state and federal laws and regulations. Once you finally get the case underway, you face a whole new set of challenges in the form of motions, hearings and discovery. This is especially true if your legal counsel does not understand your goals and how to get there efficiently.

Environmental litigation is business litigation and that is what many environmental lawyers at the traditional law firm forget. The strategy of the case should not be driven by inter-agency infighting while your business waits for an opportunity to be heard. Your business needs should drive the case from beginning to end. Aggressively and efficiently driving a resolution is the way to avoid getting bogged down in the bureaucratic nightmare that is the pathway to getting your business back to its business and out of the environmental maze.

Environmental contamination cases are complicated by property changing hands, doubts about actual health effects, the public’s interest, and a network of state and federal environmental protection laws and regulations. Before your company is subject to a potentially crippling judgment and public scrutiny, get answers and defense from Slinde Nelson.

Since the 1970s federal laws have been put in place, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). We all feel good about these laws in theory. But if you are falsely blamed for problems someone else caused, your main concern is the viability of your business.

Slinde Nelson handles all types of environmental contamination issues:

  • Oil contaminations
  • Undisclosed environmental
  • Cost recovery and contribution claims
  • Environmental Agency defense
  • Toxic tort litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • RCRA
  • Oregon Superfund’s statute
  • Site investigation and cleanup
  • Property damage
  • Mold
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning and land use.

Environmental clean-up costs can be astronomical. Manufacturers, especially chemical manufacturers, use substances in large quantity that can harm the environment. Class action cases can be certified to address drinking water or other damage claimed by thousands of people.

Latent issues can go undisclosed and innocent purchaser can be stuck with cleaning up the mess, figuratively, literally and legally.

Portland Environmental Lawyers

Environmental personal injury and property damage claims can come from a variety of alleged contaminants:

  • Silica
  • Latex
  • Mercury
  • Benzene
  • Asbestos
  • Lead paint

Oftentimes, the harm has been done. Whether or not your business is responsible is another matter and it requires a vigorous defense.

Our firm focuses on client needs and driving a resolution rather than the billable hour as you will find at many large firms. Nor do we pass cases off to inexperienced associates and double or triple charge for a review of their work. Our referral lists, retention rates, testimonials, and client surveys indicate we’re certainly doing something right.

Portland Environmental Contamination Lawyers

For answers and to learn more about this very different kind of law firm, click Mission Statement at the top of this page, or call our Portland office locally at 503-567-1234, toll free at 503-567-1234. You can also contact a Portland environmental lawyer online.