Environmental / Science / Technology Law

Friebert, Finerty & St. John’s attorneys have worked on legal issues for decades in areas such as environmental, information technology and engineering. Several of its attorneys also have technical experience in these areas as well, giving our clients an important advantage when working on cases involving contamination, intellectual property and e-discovery. Unlike many lawyers, FF&SJ’s attorneys understand and speak the language of technology and science while effectively communicating with its clients no matter what level of technical understanding they have.


FF&SJ attorneys have represented businesses, governments and injured parties in the field of environmental law for more than 30 years. They have represented large and small businesses, individuals and governmental entities in environmental matters such as soil and groundwater cleanups, wastewater discharges, solid and hazardous waste management, landfill siting and operation, local zoning and land use disputes, criminal and civil enforcement actions, insurance coverage disputes and flooding or water damage due to municipal systems.

FF&SJ works on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in private cost recovery, contribution and environmental damage lawsuits in state and federal court, and in litigation and negotiations with governmental agencies.

FF&SJ also assists numerous individuals and corporate clients in dealing with environmental issues that arise in real estate and business transactions. Our lawyers have arranged for and reviewed numerous environmental site assessments, negotiated and drafted environmental indemnities, and counseled clients regarding brownfield developments.

Just as municipal participation has grown and land regulation has increased, there is a greater focus on the environmental aspects of new land uses and development. We are experienced in all environmental components of the development process. Our experience includes requirements for air quality permits for direct and indirect source developments, development site environmental remediation plans, preparation and approval of traffic impact analyses and remediation and traffic control programs.

Information Technology

With information technology rapidly growing as an area for legal disputes, FF&SJ is uniquely situated to represent clients dealing with issues and disputes arising from this burgeoning new arena. FF&SJ advises clients in this area because of its deep understanding of the relevant technologies. FF&SJ has unparalleled experience and knowledge in helping business in seeking to obtain digital information from another litigant or trying to avoid an over-broad discovery of its own records.