In the realm of environmental law, a select few legal powerhouses rise above the rest, and this year, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP stands among the giants. Earning the prestigious title of Law360's 2023 Environmental Group of the Year, the firm has proven its mettle in the face of monumental challenges, ensuring justice and restoration for communities impacted by pollution and contamination.
Guam's Triumph: Reclaiming Millions in Environmental Cleanup Costs
The firm's diligent attorneys played a vital role in helping the United States territory of Guam reclaim tens of millions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs from the federal government. This victory was no small feat, as it entailed holding the government accountable for its historical responsibility in polluting the island's pristine ecosystems.
Battered by decades of military activity, Guam's natural resources had been pushed to their breaking point. Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's determination to see justice served for the island's inhabitants resulted in a hard-won victory that not only provided much-needed financial relief but also sent a powerful message about the importance of environmental stewardship.
Reining in 'Forever Chemicals': Two Multibillion-Dollar Settlements
In another remarkable achievement, the firm's attorneys worked tirelessly on two multibillion-dollar settlements related to 'forever chemicals' pollution claims. These pervasive chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have contaminated water supplies across the nation, posing serious health risks to millions of Americans.
By securing these monumental settlements, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting public health and the environment. Their efforts will ensure that affected communities receive the resources they need to address the devastating consequences of PFAS contamination.
New Jersey's Battle Against Industrial Contamination
The firm's dedication to environmental justice didn't stop at Guam and PFAS pollution. Kelley Drye & Warren LLP also lent its expertise to New Jersey, assisting the state in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars to address industrial contamination. This significant victory will go a long way in restoring the Garden State's natural beauty and safeguarding the health of its residents.
As the world grapples with the increasingly complex challenges of pollution and environmental degradation, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's groundbreaking work serves as a beacon of hope. Their relentless pursuit of justice and unwavering commitment to the environment have earned them a well-deserved spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.
In the end, the story of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's success is not just about legal victories or financial recompense. It's about the firm's unwavering dedication to protecting the environment and ensuring that those responsible for its degradation are held accountable. As we move forward into an uncertain future, their work stands as a testament to the power of tenacity, expertise, and an unyielding commitment to justice.