The liabilities associated with soil or groundwater contamination and other environmental problems can be significant.

Ice Miller's environmental lawyers help our clients minimize their risks and liabilities and turn environmental liabilities into opportunities wherever possible.

Property owners often have insurance policies that cover losses stemming from the release of petroleum products, hazardous substances or other toxic chemicals onto their own property or nearby parcels.  Ice Miller environmental attorneys have extensive experience helping our clients obtain reimbursement, indemnity and other forms of cost recovery from their own insurance companies and the insurers of third parties responsible for environmental contamination.  Coverage for environmental losses is a discrete area of the law, and we have the experience, skill and knowledge to help our clients protect and assert their rights.

Ice Miller has appeared as counsel of record in at least 327 reported opinions in cases involving insurance coverage or insurance related issues and has recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of claimants and policyholders.

Representative Experience

  • City of Indianapolis, Indiana:  Ice Miller assisted the City of Indianapolis with regard to environmental insurance coverage issues that arose in the course of cost recovery actions filed against polluters and their historical insurers.  Our efforts helped to obtain reimbursement for environmental response costs and promoted brownfield redevelopment in the city.
  • Legg Company:  We represented Legg in the identification and pursuit of insurance coverage to cover the costs of addressing historic soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Precision Plastics, Inc.:  We represented Precision Plastics in connection with a long-standing RCRA closure issue involving chlorinated solvent contamination of the soil and groundwater in the area, and obtained the necessary funding from the client's historic general liability insurers.
  • Environmental Asset Recovery, LLC:  We represented this LLC in connection with former dry cleaning facilities, which faced environmental liability claims arising out of groundwater contamination from dry cleaning chemicals, and obtained funding from historic general liability insurance policies.
  • Haynes International:  This client faced liability claims from claimants alleging injuries from welding rods and welding fumes, and we obtained reimbursement from the client's general liability insurers.

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