Tom Hamilton assists clients in achieving practical and creative solutions to complex environmental issues in the context of litigation, business transactions, and compliance counseling. Tom defends clients in complex environmental litigation matters involving governmental CERCLA/Superfund claims, private party claims concerning allocation of responsibility for contaminated properties, governmental enforcement actions concerning violations of environmental laws, toxic tort claims, environmental crimes, contractual indemnity claims and environmental claims in bankruptcy proceedings.
With respect to compliance with environmental laws, Tom often counsels clients in the steel, metals and mining, automotive, chemical, and manufacturing sectors, including with respect to Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting and compliance audit issues. Tom also counsels clients with respect to releases of hazardous substances and contamination matters, including with regard to reporting and notification requirements, vapor intrusion, exposure pathways, required investigations and remediation, and voluntary cleanup and brownfield programs.
Tom has advised clients on environmental liability issues in hundreds of successfully consummated corporate and real estate transactions and bankruptcy asset sales and restructurings, including tailoring environmental diligence investigations to deal-specific concerns, retaining and supervising technical consultants, counseling clients on risk mitigation and allocation strategies, negotiating targeted indemnification provisions, and pursuing resolution of identified liabilities post-closing.
Tom frequently counsels clients regarding environmental insurance coverage matters, including negotiation of environmental insurance policies to facilitate business and real estate transactions.
Tom has recently provided counsel on successfully closed transactions for such clients as Ferro Corporation, High Road Capital Partners, Resilience Capital Partners, The Riverside Company, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Timken Company.
- Case Western Reserve University (J.D. cum laude 1993); University of Michigan (B.A. 1990)
- Ohio and Illinois
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for environmental law (2019)