Ted Wolff counsels organizations on environmental issues in both disputes and transactional matters. His clients include retail, transportation, real estate, industrial goods, manufacturing, food service and healthcare companies, as well as government agencies.
In Ted’s environmental litigation practice, he represents clients in federal and state courts, and in administrative actions. He advises them on enforcement, creditor and debtor’s rights in bankruptcy, cost recovery, Superfund, toxic tort (including groundwater, indoor air and chemical exposure cases), and permitting-related matters.
Ted also counsels clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws and rules, including those regulating hazardous substance and hazardous waste handling, transport, storage, treatment and disposal; asbestos handling, management and abatement; pesticide regulation; clean water and clean air matters; and employee and community disclosure.
Supply chain management, greening and sustainability are environmental concerns Ted typically addresses. He advises clients on the environmental aspects of land transfers and on issues arising out of other real estate and corporate transactions, including environmental due diligence, risk evaluation, and allocation and shifting of environmental liabilities.
Partnering with technical consultants, Ted oversees and performs internal environmental investigations and audits, and evaluates clients’ disclosure and voluntary compliance strategies, often created in an effort to mitigate or eliminate civil and criminal penalties by self-reporting.
During health, safety and environmental assessments, Ted develops and implements corporate environmental management systems and sustainability programs. He also works with companies to create corporate programs for environmental training, emergency response and day-to-day compliance operations.
For more than 20 years, Ted has guided clients through brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. Working with stakeholders including regulators, he develops nontraditional approaches to address contaminated property and facilitate property restoration, redevelopment, reuse and sale. Ted has created and implemented site closure plans using public-private partnerships, insurance, creative financing mechanisms, and tax benefits for potentially responsible parties and developers.