Practice Area Details
Environmental Issues and Toxic Torts
We have successfully defended claims across the spectrum of toxic tort litigation including, but not limited to, the defense of claims for asbestos exposure, exposure to hazardous substances, the sale of hazardous or toxic substances and industrial accidents involving hazardous or toxic substances. These include claims by single plaintiffs and those in complex, multi-party and class action litigation in both state and federal court. We have extensive experience in handling the legal and factual issues that arise in environmental and toxic tort cases, including the identification and engagement of qualified expert witnesses to contest liability and damages.
Our attorneys and paralegals are adept in the management of environmental and toxic tort litigation, including the extensive discovery process that often takes place in such matters. We have a strong trial support and appellate advocacy practice, which allows us to pursue summary adjudications and rulings on evidentiary issues that properly position the case for trial, as well as for appeals. Our understanding of the science, medicine and law at issue in these cases permits us to communicate effectively with judges and juries alike.
Our practice in this field is not limited to litigation. We provide advice to clients on avoiding litigation through preventative measures and devising effective product warnings. We have also represented a variety of manufacturing, waste treatment and disposal industries in administrative actions before the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.
If you would like to discuss your environmental or toxic tort matter with a WLJ attorney, please contact one of the following: Gordon S. Rather Jr., N.M. Norton, Edwin L. Lowther Jr., Michael D. Barnes, Scott A. Irby or John G. Lile.