Environmental Law

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Bowditch & Dewey lawyers are practical - and often inspired – problem solvers who cut through even the most complex legal and environmental issues quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Our lawyers have experience dealing with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and other state and local zoning, planning, health and conservation boards and commissions with jurisdiction over environmental matters. Many of our lawyers have previous experience working for the federal and state governments and have served on local boards and commissions. Consequently, they bring a perspective of the concerns of federal, state and local regulators that is particularly useful in building consensus in matters involving permitting, zoning, and enforcement litigation. 

Bowditch & Dewey environmental lawyers have rendered opinions on the full gamut of environmental issues involved in large real estate development projects and have particular depth of experience in providing legal advice on projects that involve partnerships between government/public entities and private developers.

Bowditch & Dewey's Environmental Practice Group features extensive expertise and comprehensive representation in all areas of environmental law, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA, The Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA); Wetlands Protection and the cleanup of contaminated sites in Massachusetts under M.G.L. Chapter 21E.

We provide a full range of legal services addressing environmental issues including:

  • Regulatory compliance/environmental audits
  • Environmental permitting
  • Site investigations and cleanups (21E)
  • Environmental due diligence for business transactions
  • Environmental litigation
  • Superfund defense and cost recovery
  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Wetlands, riverfront/coastal development
  • Lender liability
  • Environmental management systems


Bowditch & Dewey lawyers assist clients in the full range of environmental and land-use litigation: including toxic torts, Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. Whether you are in real estate development, government or the utility industry, Bowditch & Dewey has the services and experience to develop a solution to meet your needs.

  • Eminent domain
  • Zoning and land use
  • Toxic torts
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • CERCLA
  • RCRA
  • NEPA and MEPA
  • Endangered Species Act