Environmental Law


The Environmental and Administrative Law Practice Group (EALPG) at Goldberg Simpson has a rare depth and breadth of experience practicing law where the issues are related to administrative decisions impacting the land and water. Our EALPG has handled cases throughout the State of Kentucky, 8 other states, and all levels of the federal court system. No case is too big or small for the EALPG, as we have seen all manner of environmental and administrative case, and we are happy to review your issue for no charge.

Our clients range from government entities, such as cities, colleges, state agencies, and utilities, to private entities such as, real estate developers, manufacturing facilities, construction companies, and utilities, to state-wide associations and interest groups. Our attorneys have previously served as government regulators for many of the industries we now represent, so we know how best to so efficiently and successfully solve our clients’ problems. The EALPG boasts government experience with the Army Corps of the U.S., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. If you have an issue stemming from a government regulation, we know the people and procedures to promptly address your issue.

Representative Litigation Matters:

  • Kentucky DEP and U.S. EPA enforcement action defense
  • Challenging current regulatory interpretations
  • Superfund site (CERCLA) litigation and remediation
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) litigation
  • Corps of Engineers Section 10 and 404 Permit matters
  • Opposition to annexation
  • Opposition to planning and zoning or land-use ordinances
  • Planning and Zoning applications
  • Administrative appeals before agencies, boards, and in Ky. Circuit Courts

Representative Transactional or Advisory Matters:

  • Construction contract drafting, advising, mediation
  • Property transaction due diligence, drafting, analysis
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) permitting
  • Phase 1 and 2 assessment analysis
  • Ky Brownfield Redevelopment Program application
  • Commenting on and challenging proposed regulations
  • Negotiating with regulatory authorities



  • Unmatched government experience with environmental regulatory agencies
  • Experience challenging U.S. EPA regulations and decisions in federal courts
  • Experience working with KY DEP to draft and amend existing regulations for increased flexibility for specialized industries
  • Multiple successful admissions of property purchasers into Ky Brownfield Redevelopment Program

Industry Involvement

  • Vice Chair of Kentucky Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Founding Member of the Kentucky Bar Association section of Construction and Public Contract Law
  • Member, Louisville Bar Association Section on Environmental Law
  • Members, Greater Louisville Inc. Committee on Environmental Law and Committee on Public Policy
  • Frequent speakers at professional education seminars and state-wide association annual conferences