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Introduction to Environmental Real Estate Transactions

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Produced on April 24, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Real Estate Environmental

Course Description

Due diligence can be crucial when undertaking any significant real estate transaction. This program, presented by Karl Heisler, a partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, will cover environmental liabilities, transactional defenses arising out of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the “all appropriate inquiries” standard; structuring transactions, and some practical tips for purchasers, sellers and lenders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to mitigate or eliminate environmental liability associated with a transaction by investigating the asset prior to purchase, sale, or financing
  2. Establish that all reasonable care has been taken for purposes of other defenses

  3. Identify and quantify environmental risks associated with a transaction such that the price can be adjusted accordingly
  4. Determine whether to proceed with a transaction, and, if so, on what basis
  5. Understand both the standardized approach to assessing historic, current, and future risks of a property before transaction, as well as why there is no “one size fits all” due diligence checklist
  6. Assess whether and to what extent representations, warranties, indemnities, environmental insurance, or other protections should be pursued

Credit Information

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Karl Heisler

King & Spalding LLP

Karl Heisler is an environmental lawyer specializing in enforcement defense and incident response. Karl has managed the legal fallout from a wide array of environmental and workplace safety incidents, ranging from fires and explosions to pipeline releases and the abandonment of hazardous waste.  He has over 18 years of experience responding to governmental investigations involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  He is a prolific speaker on environmental law and incident response.

Legal 500 USA distinguished Karl as having a "singular ability to clarify the inordinately opaque and confusing nature of environmental laws for the unanointed."  Benchmark Litigation recognized him as having an "unparalleled ability to master the facts and an encyclopedic mastery of environmental law."  Law 360 identified him as one of five "Rising Stars" in environmental law nationwide.

Karl dedicates a significant portion of his practice to environmental transactions.  He provides advice and counsel on due diligence and the availability of transactional defenses, and he routinely negotiates representations, warranties and indemnifications.  He has assisted with acquisitions and divestitures of several entities subject to government investigations arising out of environmental and workplace safety incidents.  For the past 10 years, Karl has taught the environmental transactions course for the Environmental Law Institute, a leader in non-partisan research and environmental law education.  He is a co-author of Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions, published in 2020 by the American Bar Association.

As a respected thought leader, Karl is frequently called upon to comment, write or speak about environmental enforcement and incident response for publications and organizations including Law360, Thomson Reuters, Resource Recycling, Inc., American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Lawline, the Environmental Law Institute, the Practising Law Institute and the American Law Institute.  He has written or spoken about managing the first 48 hours of an incident, incident response for public information officers, responding to hazardous waste abandonments, hurricane readiness and response, environmental due diligence and contract drafting, the design and implementation of environmental compliance programs, the regulation of electronic waste, cybersecurity in the energy and transportation sectors, electronic discovery in civil and criminal cases, evidence preservation, and preparing for a government inspection. He wrote the introductory chapter for Inside the Minds: Environmental Law Enforcement and Compliance, published in 2011 by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore.

His clients include public and private entities in the energy, chemical manufacturing, construction and waste management industries, as well as lenders, private equity and real estate firms with interests in these industries.


Anthony M.

A nice, informative presentation.

Thea D.

Excellent refresher

Shannon V.

Great CLE, moved at a great pace and really covered the basics well in a memorable way.

Robert C.

Sensational! Could listen to this guy all day.

Mark U.

Very good presenter

Mary Lou S.

Good course. Useful information.

Kenneth D.

This course was excellent. providing a "case study" made this very interesting.

Jennifer M.

Not enough state-specific information

beth s.

very clear and informative

Christa J.

Excellent presentation.

Kevin M.

very good primer.

Sarah M.

Very good review.

shawn p.

Great CLE

Andrew P.

Very interesting course Helpful to any attorney and any practice Great! Thank you!

Anthony D.

Nice job presenting.

Edward K.

really excellent program. I needed this information now. Thank you.

joseph b.

The video was a nice addition and helped get the point across.

Robert N.

Great presentation skills!

Skye J.

Great course. Well done!

Elisabeth B.

Informative, pacing was good

B.A. S.

Very informative; great "host" of the program as well.

Susan E.

Very informative session.

Stephen E.

A very articulate, knowledgeable presenter.

Holly J.

very good presentation

Michael W.

Concise and well prepared summary of laws affecting real property transfers

Kathy D.

very detailed citations

Scott P.

Very informative!

Carol W.

Great overview.

Carrie L.

Due diligence checklist = exceptional practice guide.

Michael V.

Excellent information presented in very good format. Speaker is very knowledgeable but doesn't make it unintelligible as this area of law can be. I hope that he offers additional courses. .

Jeffrey T.

Interesting and very informative presentation of topic.

Philip S.


Thaddeus A.

This was a great refresher, thanks

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