Environmental Law

Dedicated Environmental Law Firm Upholds Clients' Rights

Experienced attorney handles environmental law cases in the Champaign area

Environmental laws are designed to protect both people and the planet from actions that harm our environment. By regulating the management and protection of natural resources, these laws at the federal, state and local levels help to make the air we breathe and the water we drink safe for human and animal life. James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. is committed to representing individuals and businesses in the Champaign area and throughout Illinois in environmental law matters. I protect the rights of individuals and their communities to live free of harm by ecologically damaging practices, and I also help companies remain in compliance with these laws so that they can effectively conduct business. 

Proven advocate defends your rights to a clean environment

Environmental regulations, which pit industry against communities and special interest groups, are ever evolving. I remain updated on new laws and court decisions that affect conservation policies. Among the relevant laws I may invoke to protect your rights are these:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Environmental Quality Improvement Act
  • National Environmental Education Act
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund)
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

If a business's actions are threatening the health and safety of a community and its citizens, I will fight for your rights under one or more of these acts.

Established counselor helps companies comply with regulations

Your company can avoid substantial costs, government interference and negative press by remaining in compliance with applicable environmental laws. I work closely with your internal staff, engineers and scientists to perform audits that are good policy both for the environment and for your business. If your company has obeyed all relevant regulations and is unfairly accused of contamination or noncompliance, I will rigorously defend your business against unjust interference and assist you in the mitigation of damages.

Skilled lawyer pursues tort litigation

Some environmental transgressions are best fought in the courtroom. Tort litigation provides the opportunity for clients to force companies to obey the law and to mandate that they pay the expenses of rectifying the problems they caused. If you have been injured or sickened or your property damaged because of a company’s environmental negligence, you deserve compensation. In addition to federal legislation, I may use common law philosophies, such as those against trespass and nuisance, to address your losses.

Contact an experienced law firm for your environmental law case

James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. represents clients throughout Illinois in a range of environmental law matters. Call 217-677-3872 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Champaign office.

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