Financial Poise

The Intersection of Bankruptcy and… Environmental Law

Environmental laws, propounded in order to hold polluters liable for remediation, are often in conflict with bankruptcy laws’ general principles of a “fresh start” and the ability to shed certain financial burdens. Bankruptcy laws automatic stay is one such protection – the enjoinment of parties from taking actions against the debtor upon the filing of the bankruptcy petition – that is sometimes trumped by environmental law concerns, namely, the police and regulatory exception to the automatic stay.

This webinar addresses the tensions between bankruptcy and environmental law, and examines how bankruptcy law deals with property contamination issues, the sale or abandonment of contaminated property, successor liability, environmental cleanup claims, and dischargeability of governmental claims.


Webinar Faculty

Moderator:

Jonathan Friedland
Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland, a senior partner with Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger, LLP, views his job simply: to make money for clients whenever possible and to protect their interests at every… Read More

Panelists:

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Joel Gross

Joel Gross is a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s Washington, DC, office, which he joined in August 2000 after having served as Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section at… Read More

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Louis S. Chiappetta

Louis S. Chiappetta focuses his practice primarily on troubled company mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing transactions — particularly those including balance sheet, environmental, labor and litigation issues, including, but… Read More

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Shelley Kinsella

Shelley A. Kinsella, managing shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf’s Wilmington office, focuses her practice on bankruptcy and employment law matters. She has experience in complex Chapter 11 reorganization and liquidation cases, representing debtors,… Read More

Thaddeus D. Wilson
Thaddeus D. Wilson

Thad Wilson is a partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring practice. Thad has represented a broad spectrum of clients in… Read More

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