Co-Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural ResourcesReal Estate and Land Use
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New York University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Colby College, B.A., with distinction and cum laude, 1986
Ted Wolff’s environmental practice includes both litigation and transactional work. His litigation experience in federal and state, and administrative and judicial actions includes enforcement, creditor and debtor’s rights, cost recovery, Superfund, toxic tort (including groundwater, indoor air, and chemical exposure cases), regulatory compliance, and permitting-related matters. Mr. Wolff also specializes in corporate compliance counseling, advising retail, real estate, industrial, manufacturing, food service, health care and other commercial and governmental clients on health, safety, and environmental auditing, as well as development and implementation of corporate environmental management systems and sustainability programs.
Mr. Wolff frequently partners with technical consultants and other experts to oversee and perform internal environmental investigations and audits, together with evaluating disclosure and voluntary compliance strategies. These audits assist and support client investigations or ongoing environmental compliance assessments, frequently including the development of compliance recommendations as well as strategies for mitigating or eliminating civil and criminal penalties by self-reporting to relevant environmental agencies. Mr. Wolff also has advised a broad array of industries, including medical device, pharmaceutical, retail, transportation, and heavy manufacturing to create corporate programs for environmental training, response, and day-to-day environmental compliance operations.
For more than 20 years, including before the inception of contemporary voluntary cleanup programs, Mr. Wolff’s practice has focused on what is now known as "Brownfield" cleanup and redevelopment, coordinating with clients, federal, state, and local regulators and other stakeholders to develop nontraditional approaches to address contaminated property and to facilitate property restoration, redevelopment, reuse, and sale. He has created and implemented novel site closure plans using public-private partnerships, insurance, and creative financing mechanisms and tax benefits for potentially responsible parties and developers, alike. These projects have included those in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and elsewhere.
He regularly counsels clients on compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws and rules which regulate air pollution; pesticides; hazardous substance and hazardous waste handling, storage, treatment, and disposal; asbestos handling, management, and abatement; and employee and community disclosure. Mr. Wolff’s experience also includes advising clients on environmental aspects of land transfers and on issues arising out of other real estate and corporate transactions, including all elements of environmental due diligence, risk evaluation, and allocation and shifting of environmental liabilities.
Mr. Wolff also represents creditors and debtors in regard to environmental matters in bankruptcy, including valuing environmental liabilities for cleanup and compliance obligations, abandoning and discharging environmentally impaired properties, and negotiating and participating in adversarial proceedings with regulators and other third parties.
Prior to law school, Mr. Wolff worked as an environmental consultant, conducting hazardous waste site investigations, facility audits, radiation surveys, and environmental compliance assessments.
BTI Client Service All-Star, 2015.
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007–2010.
Coauthor, “Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Regulations Bring Compliance Challenges,” Environmental Leader, November 20, 2014.
Quoted, “Big-box retailers seek reform of EPA disposal rules for toxic products,” Greenwire, June 2, 2014
Admitted to practice in New York and Illinois.
Board Member, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.
Board Member, Gowanus Conservancy.
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