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Brownfields Redevelopment: Liability Protection and Business Environmental Considerations

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Produced on October 31, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Environmental

Course Description

The redevelopment of brownfields properties involves a combination of liability protection, risk assessment and management, and a technical understanding of remediation alternatives and voluntary cleanup programs.  Lisa Goodwin, Environmental Team Leader of Hirschler, provides practical advice for ensuring that potential purchasers do not become liable for pre-existing contamination at a property, for understanding how developing brownfields properties may involve increased costs, and how voluntary cleanup programs can be viable options.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of brownfields and how to protect potential purchasers from environmental liability
  2. Discuss due diligence considerations
  3. Recognize potential liability pitfalls during environmental due diligence
  4. Convey potential business risks involved in redeveloping a brownfields site
  5. Explain risk assessment tools including examples relating to contaminated soil and vapor intrusion
  6. Become familiar with voluntary cleanup programs and grant programs to assist with brownfields redevelopment

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Lisa Goodwin


Lisa Goodwin leads Hirschler’s environmental law team. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, she guides clients through environmental regulatory and compliance matters; environmental assessments of property; due diligence investigations; brownfields redevelopment projects; and business transactions with potential environmental risks.

In addition to advising both local and national real estate developers with brownfields restoration, including navigating the Voluntary Remediation Program, Lisa manages the environmental due diligence for the purchase and sale of manufacturing facilities throughout the country for several venture capital and REIT entities. She has effectively negotiated consent orders with state environmental agencies and is skilled at advising on permitting procedures and challenges to permit conditions and limits.

Lisa manages the environmental nuances for the divestiture of potentially contaminated properties of a national chemical manufacturer and distributor and provides environmental oversight for the development of hundreds of cell towers.  She has conducted multimedia environmental compliance audits and environmental assessments for major manufacturing clients as well. She has past experience managing several major Superfund litigation cases and also has handled commercial litigation matters.  Her broad experience in real estate, business, and litigation practice groups allows her to quickly and efficiently manage environmental issues in any type of transaction or dispute.


Edward S.

Improved my understanding of the topic greatly!

Thomas H.

good oral presentation - kept it interesting

Gregory L.

A through yet clear explanation of a complex subject.

Jeffrey K.

Great course.

Elizabeth S.

interesting presentation

William H.

Wow! Thoroughly informative program delivered with style and poise. Outstanding. Ms. Goodwin really knows her practice area.

Karen T.

The update on this topic was quite informative.

Ann H.

This was an excellent presentation from a knowledgeable and interesting practitioner. Wonderful job and very useful presentation.

Jo M.

Well spoken and knowledgeable presenter, which always makes any topic more interesting. Thank you!

George K.

good course

Robert N.

very interesting

Kathryn A.

really great presentation

William P.


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