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Environmental Law

Our Environmental Law Group represents a broad range of clients, including individuals, business entities, governmental entities and quasi-governmental entities seeking global solutions to environmental issues, riparian right disputes, wildlife issues and endangered species issues before state, federal and local agencies. The Environmental Group is known for obtaining favorable results before federal and state administrative tribunals in addition to its success in federal, state and local courts. Our environmental lawyers strive to negotiate creative settlements with regulators in a timely manner so that businesses can focus on their business.

Their representation includes experience with respect to permits, compliance and litigation with:

  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or “Superfund”)
  • The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act
  • Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act
  • Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act
  • Tennessee Water Quality Control Act
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Representation before State, Federal and Local Agencies

Representation in Litigation

The Environmental Group provides superior representation in all phases of environmental litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative boards. The attorneys in the group have successfully defended state and federal enforcement actions and citizen suits brought by a wide range of plaintiffs, including international, state and local non-profit groups. In these actions, our environmental lawyers work closely with the members of our firm’s experienced Litigation Practice Group. Unlike other firms where the litigation group has no environmental experience, several of our litigators have more than 20 years of environmental law litigation experience.

Compliance Representation

Our attorneys provide compliance counseling under all the federal and state statutes, as well as obtain consent agreements with agency officials prior to enforcement actions being brought. When negotiation is not successful, our attorneys represent clients in the administrative process before the state regulatory boards and on appeal in court. We provide legal advice with regard to taking preventative measures to avoid expensive litigation. Brownfield Redevelopment agreements and the negotiation of compliance orders are examples of the cost-effective measures our Environmental Group provides to our clients. Our greatest strength is creating a partnership with our clients to ensure they attain their goals and avoid protracted litigation, which only interferes with a company’s business and profitability.


Bone McAllester Norton attorney Sharon O. Jacobs is the leader of the Environmental Group, with more than 20 years of experience in the area of environmental law. As a former Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and a former Assistant Attorney General for the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter, Jacobs has extensive experience practicing before environmental regulatory boards, state courts and federal courts.





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