Brownfields Redevelopment

Cozen O’Connor is a national leader in urban and industrial brownfields redevelopment, having worked in the field since the phrase “brownfield” was first coined in the mid-1990s. Every contaminated site is different and every project holds unique challenges, but we know from long experience how to analyze complex issues, identify creative solutions and — most importantly — move projects to completion.

Our team of regulatory, transactional, and litigation attorneys structure and manage redevelopment projects in order to resolve, minimize, or avoid the problems that frequently complicate reclamation of industrial sites. We provide comprehensive counseling throughout the life cycle of a project.

Services can include:

  • Acquisition, redevelopment, leasing, and sale agreements
  • Public and private finance
  • Environmental due diligence and site assessment
  • Liability allocation, liability relief, and indemnification
  • Environmental liability insurance, including pollution liability, and cost cap coverage
  • Government grant and tax abatement procurement
  • Land use, zoning, and environmental permits
  • Compliance with all federal and state brownfields laws and remediation requirements

Many Cozen O’Connor attorneys have worked in government, either with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, or city governments. The group collectively maintains strong relationships with agency officials, community improvement leaders, brownfields advisory groups, state technical and legislative environmental committees, and key trade associations, allowing us to track legislative and regulatory activities, design cutting-edge deals and advocate effectively for clients. 


EPA Issues New CERCLA Guidance on Liability Protections for Current/Potential Impacted Site Owners [Alert]

September 09, 2019

If you’re back to work navigating the complexities of cleaning up a brownfields site, you’re in luck. The EPA issued an update to “Enforcement Discretion Guidance” for enforcement personnel as it relates to liability protections under the 2002 Brownfields Amendments to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA).


Peter J. Fontaine

Chair, Environmental

(215) 665-2723

Jeffrey A. Leonard

Co-Chair, Business Law Department

(215) 665-4157


Related Practice Areas

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from Cozen O'Connor

Enter your City or Zip.

Probably shouldn't change this:
Sign up to receive alerts, publications, and event / webinar invites.

By submitting your contact information, you are giving Cozen O'Connor consent to contact you via email.