O1: Practice Area

Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts

O2: Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts

Rawle & Henderson is a leader in the defense and litigation of environmental and toxic exposures. Unlike many areas of litigation practice, individuals, corporations, current and former land owners, non-profits, and trade associations all have potential exposure in this area of the law practice. In response to diverse client needs, the Firm has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys with substantial experience in scientific, medical, epidemiological, hazardous waste and environmental areas to handle complex and cutting-edge environmental and toxic tort claims. Rawle’s attorneys handle cases locally as well as nationally. In many cases Rawle & Henderson serves as regional and national coordinating or trial counsel. The Firm’s clients include corporations, insurance companies, private individuals, landlords and homeowners as well as state and local governmental agencies.

A sampling of the Firm’s inventory of work includes mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic chemical exposures, sick building issues, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure, asbestos personal injury, silica, fiberglass, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), formaldehyde, mold and other (JAQ) issues, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, heavy metal exposure, beryllium, chromium, nickel, benzene MTBE, thorium, adult and childhood lead poisoning, aqua ammonia, tobacco, prescription drugs, latex gloves and other medical drug and device cases, including orthopedic bone screw litigation. The Firm also is involved in class actions and has significant experience in handling claims for medical monitoring or ‘fear of’ cases resulting from exposure to toxic substances.

Rawle’s lawyers have also successfully handled numerous cases involving claims of property damage, diminution of property value and/or condemnation cases including contaminated water and product related claims including latent construction defects such as fire resistant plywood, exterior building facing and polybutelyne piping.

On the environmental side, the Firm has been engaged to handle personal injury, property damage and nuisance claims in the context of State and Federal hazardous waste litigation, including disputes involving Superfund, CERCLA, petroleum and petroleum by-product releases, underground and above ground storage tank releases and land transfer issues. The Firm has also assisted in preparing several emergency response programs for clients in order to address the release of petroleum or other hazardous substances during transportation.

In cases involving an impact to waterways or vessel responses from a pollution incident, the Firm draws upon the substantial experience of Rawle & Henderson’s maritime and admiralty practice to respond around the clock in coordinating remediation activities and facilitating interaction between state and federal agencies and its clients.

By drawing on the diverse background, experience and knowledge of its attorneys, the Firm is able to provide its clients with effective, targeted and efficient representation either in negotiations, litigation or preventive counseling in a cost-effective manner. This includes the ability to handle complex multi-party litigation by utilizing, where appropriate, a tailored team of attorneys, paralegals and consultants to help realize the client’s desired goals.


  • Underground Storage Tank Litigation
  • Above Ground Storage Tank Litigation
  • Tank Failures
  • Landfill /Ground Water Contamination
  • Superfund/CERCLA/RCRA
  • Hazardous Waste Site Clean-up Act
  • Clean Streams Law
  • Brown Fields Issues
  • Mis-deliveries/ Spills of Petroleum Products
  • Emergency Response Issues
  • Haz-Mat Responses
  • Multi-District and Class Action Litigation
  • State and Federal Evironmental Compliance Litigation
  • Regulatory and Agency Hearings
  • Nuclear Power Plant and Generation Issues
  • Sick Building Syndrome


  • Asbestos
  • Child and Adult Lead Poisoning
  • Lead Coatings/ Paint
  • Coal Tar Pitch and Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles
  • Benzene
  • Chromium
  • Formaldehyde
  • Thorium
  • DES
  • Beryllium
  • Aqua Ammonia
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals/ Drugs Cosmetics
  • Orthopedic Bone Screw
  • Legionnaire’s Disease
  • Latex Glove
  • Fire Retardant Treated Plywood Litigation
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Heavy Metal Exposure
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Multi-District and Class Actions
  • Daubert Issues
  • Polybutelelyne Pipe Litigation
  • Tobacco
  • Silica
  • Grain Dust
  • Fiberglass
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