Roy P. Giarrusso

Environmental Litigation

We are well known for our successful handling of complex environmental litigation matters for major corporations, project developers and property owners throughout New England. The legal disputes that our clients encounter typically involve complex government regulations and agencies such as the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in both Superfund sites and Massachusetts Chapter 21E sites. In many cases, our clients are asked to clean up the mess that other corporations left behind, including contaminated groundwater, soil or drinking water; indoor air issues or “sick building” cases caused by toxic fumes; improper disposal of hazardous materials; or undisclosed land and property damage prior to purchase of property. These matters include:

  • Defense of government enforcement proceedings under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Chapter 21E and comparable State Superfund laws
  • Federal and State Superfund cost recovery and contribution actions, in appropriate circumstances on a contingent fee basis
  • Environmental contract disputes, including those related to indemnification and insurance recovery
  • Environmental qui tam actions
Our representation routinely involves developing strategies to:
  • Minimize clean-up and remediation costs
  • Identify options and potential targets to recover clean-up and remediation costs
  • Develop allocations of costs among responsible parties
  • Develop potential settlement strategies where warranted
  • Negotiate with government agencies at both the State and Federal levels such as the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ)
  • Prosecute and defend cost recovery and contribution actions

We are a boutique litigation firm with the experience in a wide range of environmental matters to handle substantial cases for large corporations, including the world’s largest solid waste company and the country’s largest defense contractor. We also specialize as PRP group counsel in Superfund cost recovery and contribution actions, one of the very few firms in the nation with the requisite experience and success to provide such legal services in this nuanced area of law on a contingency fee basis.

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Roy P. Giarrusso has distinguished himself as an exceptional environmental trial attorney. New England counsel to the largest solid waste management company in the U.S. for hazardous waste enforcement and litigation matters and retained environmental litigation counsel to several Fortune 100 companies, he has successfully represented clients in virtually every Federal Superfund site in New England. Mr. Giarrusso is recognized as an expert in environmental cost recovery/contribution actions, making him the counsel of choice for PRP groups to prosecute such claims against non-settling or recalcitrant third parties. His excellent reputation among his peers has earned Mr. Giarrusso an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible. His peers have voted him a Massachusetts Super Lawyer – Environmental Litigation and a New England Super Lawyer – Environmental Litigation, selected him for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Litigation, and he is a Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

617.770.2900

617.773.6934

rgiarrusso@gncm.net

Marina Bay
308 Victory Road
Quincy, MA 02171

Education

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1987

Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1983

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1988
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

Classes/Seminars

Former Lecturer, Environmental Law and Litigation – Adjunct Professor, Suffolk University Law School

Honors and Awards

Curtis A. Connors

Curtis A. Connors is a Senior Attorney with the firm, concentrating his practice in complex environmental and energy matters, including through litigation, mediation and arbitration. Curt represents his clients in government enforcement actions, hazardous waste and oil claims under CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA, and Massachusetts Chapter 21E. His practice includes resolving claims under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, renewal energy permitting, zoning and wetlands permitting and appeals, landfill closure, regulatory compliance, consumer protection, and environmental due diligence in real estate transactions. Curt successfully pursues insurance coverage and serves as defense counsel to clients and panel counsel to carriers. He further has the distinction of serving as common counsel to PRP groups in managing environmental remediation and seeking cost recovery and contribution from liable parties. Curt is active in the Boston Bar Association as Co-Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee. He is a Town Meeting Member in his community and served on his local Conservation Commission for close to a decade.

Education

Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA
J.D., Environmental Law Certificate

Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts (state and federal)
New Hampshire (state and federal)
District of Columbia

Professional Associations and Memberships

Michael S. Campinell

Michael Campinell is a litigation associate with a particular focus on state and federal contamination, toxic waste, and land use litigation. Mr. Campinell is a magna cum laude graduate of Vermont Law School where he served as an Articles Editor on the Vermont Law Review and as President of the Moot Court Advisory Board. During law school, he worked at Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic assisting in complex federal environmental litigation. He also interned at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Before attending law school, Mr. Campinell graduated from the University of New England in 2010 with dual degrees in political science and environmental science. Mr. Campinell is a member of the Boston Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Education

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
J.D., Juris Doctor – 2015
MELP, Master of Environmental Law and Policy – 2015
Certificate in Land Use Law – 2015

University of New England, Biddeford, Maine
B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – 2010
B.S., Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science – 2010

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 2015
New Hampshire, 2015
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships