Rye Brook Environmental Law Firm
N.W. Bernstein & Associates, LLC focuses on the intersection of finance and the environment. The firm's capabilities includes both coordinating Superfund and voluntary clean up response actions and providing counsel on a range of business and financial activities involving potential environmental risk. Recent publications include A Primer on the London Alternative Investment Market (AIM), A Primer on the Global Carbon Markets 2008, and memoranda on EPA's tightening of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and for lead. The firm has conducted trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts, including the defense of environmental claims and the assertion of third party contribution claims. Litigations conducted by firm lawyers include cases in the United States Courts of Appeal in the D.C. Circuit (Washington D.C.), the First Circuit (Boston), Third Circuit (Philadelphia), and the Eleventh Circuit (Atlanta). Federal District Court actions include cases in federal court in West Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. New York State court actions include defense of oil spill, toxic tort, and contribution claims. The firm defends against enforcement proceeding by government agencies, acts as common defense counsel to companies at hazardous waste sites, and has handled complex matters such as appellate review of governmental rule making under the Administrative Procedure Act, and Article III standing issues related to the defense against environmental citizens' suits.
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- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.