Attorneys in private practice often have clients who find themselves facing unique and unusual situations where specialized environmental expertise is needed. In House Counsel for companies of all sizes also often face complex environmental issues that raise liability concerns. Over the course of his career environmental attorney Joseph Maternowski has been involved with numerous attorney consultations. Mr. Maternowski provides advice on matters relating to water quality, stormwater, air quality, soil vapor, groundwater, hazardous waste and solid waste matters. He serves as outside counsel for many companies. In this capacity Mr. Maternowski works with In House Counsel and others at corporations, including Environmental Health and Safety Managers, Risk Managers and Real Property Managers, on the following types of environmental matters:

  • Representation of clients in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state investigations and enforcement actions;
  • Review of environmental due diligence and development of measures to limit liability in mergers and acquisitions;
  • Evaluation of the environmental condition of real property including review of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and follow up investigations;
  • Consultation on state and federal permitting and enforcement matters;
  • Responding to agency demands and requests for information;
  • Handling or advising clients on litigation involving contaminated property;
  • Assisting with regulatory compliance audits and the development of environmental management programs to detect and correct violations;
  • Obtaining available liability assurances; and
  • Helping with site investigation and cleanup through Brownfield programs.

Mr. Maternowski is available to assist and advise counsel on a variety of environmental matters. Mr. Maternowski has provided advice to counsel and their clients on matters in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and across the country. In this role, Mr. Maternowski responds to questions, reviews notice letters and reports (including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments), provides opinions and advice, interacts with government agencies on behalf of clients and counsel, serves as counsel or co-counsel on litigation and represents clients in all types of federal and state permit and enforcement proceedings. For information about Mr. Maternowski's practice please see Professional services related to environmental law. For information about the Hessian & McKasy law firm please see: Environmental