Ellen S. Tenenbaum is an environmental and toxic tort litigator, who also counsels clients on compliance with the full range of federal, state and local environmental regulation. She heads the Firm’s Washington, DC office’s Environmental Practice Group.
Ellen represents clients that have included sellers, purchasers, public development agencies, lenders and underwriters. She handles transactions involving a range of properties, including integrated steel mills, pulp and paper plants, electric and hydroelectric power production facilities, airports, glass manufacturing facilities, petroleum storage terminals, refineries, coal mines, gas stations, chemical manufacturing plants, food preparation facilities, textile mills, solid waste landfills and related transfer stations, and plastics manufacturing and forming plants.
Ellen has significant experience advising clients on the role of environmental issues in corporate, real estate, and public and private financing transactions. She also counsels clients on the business implications of environmental regulatory and liability issues and conducting environmental due diligence.
While in law school, Ellen was a notes editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
Represents defendants in asbestos and petroleum-related personal injury and property damage cases, as well as in asbestos-related bankruptcies
Provides enforcement defense litigation involving alleged violations of hazardous waste, clean water and clean air laws in federal and state courts, as well as before the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and numerous state agencies
Represents oil refiners, blenders and distributors, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, manufacturers of glass and plastic products, coal mines and independent energy producers in cost recovery and contribution cases under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), state Superfund laws and other contamination-related disputes
Negotiated risk allocation in connection with a wide variety of national and international transactions ranging from a $1.2 billion purchase of a coal mining business to a $1.4 billion Euro divestiture of a packaging and closure business to an initial public offering of an independent energy producer to acquisitions involving brownfields properties
Acts as strategic national counsel to assist in the management of very large portfolios of toxic tort cases
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