Reed Neuman has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than three decades. He represents major manufacturers and other private interests throughout the U.S. on environmental compliance and responsibility disputes in administrative settings, civil trial courts, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) efforts.
Mr. Neuman has a comprehensive perspective informed by a decade of government service litigating environmental claims in federal and state courts. While he counsels clients on a broad array of environmental regulatory and compliance issues, he has particular expertise with contaminated media and hazardous substance management under the federal CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA laws and analogue state programs, including associated natural resource damage (NRD) claims. He has a wealth of experience in multi-party cost allocation projects, and has served as common counsel to groups of responsible parties in administrative and litigation matters.
Mr. Neuman assists clients in developing strategic business solutions to environmental compliance obligations and disputes, transactions and project development, and litigation and collateral issues, including: managing remediation projects, contractors and costs; conducting due diligence and risk-sharing negotiations in transactions; addressing public relations concerns, and developing public disclosures and accounting determinations.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Neuman served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environmental Enforcement Section. While at DOJ, he prosecuted civil enforcement actions arising under the major pollution control statutes, primarily on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). Previously, Mr. Neuman was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois handling civil prosecutions as a result of independent investigations and on behalf of Illinois EPA. Mr. Neuman served as Section Chief of the Attorney General's Office's Southern Region.
Mr. Neuman is a member of Nossaman's Environmental & Land Use and Litigation practice groups, and currently serves as Chair of the Natural Resources and Real Estate Department.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Served as national coordinating counsel for more than two decades, addressing virtually all legacy liabilities arising under the federal Superfund and analogous state statutes addressing contaminated land and water resources, including:
- Serving as trial counsel in cost recovery actions in federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey and Indiana;
- Serving as lead counsel negotiating numerous administrative consent orders with US EPA and state agencies, frequently in conjunction with cooperating party groups;
- Coordinating the company's defense of NRD claims brought by federal and state natural resource trustee agencies at the Lower Passaic River site in New Jersey;
- Negotiating and adjudicating multi-party cost allocations;
- Developing strategies and negotiating risk-shifting provisions in asset and property transfer agreements for environmentally-impaired properties;
- Advising the company on the legal aspects of financial reserve determinations and public disclosures with respect to its remediation site liabilities; and
- Overseeing implementation of contaminated site assessments, remediation and restoration efforts, including supervision of technical consultants.
Procter & Gamble Company. Representing P&G individually and as common counsel to a third-party defendant group in ongoing cost recovery actions in the Eastern District of New York, regarding the former Quanta Resources petroleum reprocessing site in Queens, as well as at several other Superfund sites.
Lockheed Martin Corporation. Representing LMC in cost recovery and multi-party cost allocation matters at remediation and NRD sites on the East Coast.
Mead Johnson Nutrition. Represented MJN as original defendant and as third-party plaintiff with respect to cost recovery claims arising out of state Brownfields clean-up.
BF Goodrich Company. Successfully resolved indemnity claims and pre-empted litigation regarding environmentally impaired manufacturing facilities divested in a transaction.
Montana Power Company. Helped negotiate a remediation plan and cost allocation regarding the removal of contaminated sediments from a reservoir formed by the company's hydroelectric power facilities; also helped coordinate comments on a proposed Biological Opinion with respect to US Fish & Wildlife's consideration of operational changes at the facilities to enhance migratory fish passage.
Gulf Resources/Bunker Hill Company. Helped devise a site-wide technical "master plan," combining multi-media remediation strategies to address widespread land and water impacts from a former mineral mining and smelting complex in northern Idaho.
Altec Lansing Company. Advised U.S. electronics manufacturer with respect to European Union compliance obligations pertaining to transboundary movement and labeling of regulated products.