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From cancer fighting pharmaceuticals, to creating energy efficient transportation and alternative fuels, to agricultural improvements, chemicals are woven into virtually every sector of modern life -- and the global economy. Whether you are a plastics manufacturer, a research and development organization, a large energy provider, nanotechnology start up, or consulting engineering company, you know being on top of the legal and regulatory aspects of the industry is critical to not only your daily operations, but your company’s long term success.

Porter Wright’s significant background in environmental law serves as a fundamental base of industry understanding that our attorneys apply in advising companies on day-to-day regulatory compliance and risk management. We monitor EPA decisions affecting the industry and represent companies of all sizes before the regulatory agencies. We help formulate appropriate crisis management strategies when a pollution danger arises and work with our clients for the most effective solutions when remediation is required. For example, when a client recently had a chemical exposure issue our attorneys worked with the company to make sure communications were timely and effective and appropriate measures to minimize both legal and practical risks were implemented. Safety and environmental responsibility are critical and our attorneys work with you to make sure that you meet your obligations.

We apply our experience in government and regulatory affairs, as well as sustainable initiatives, to find and maximize alternative energy and tax credits. We collaborate on legislative policy drafts and amendments that benefit the industry, the environment, and local economies. Our efforts in Ohio have resulted in allowing innovative technologies that reduce waste and create clean renewable fuels to become available within compliance and legislative policy goals. We have championed legislation to increase the opportunity for companies to spur local economic growth through job creation while benefiting from development incentives. We work with state agencies and policy makers to help create an environment that supports business and entrepreneurial growth and energizes communities.

When business and transactional opportunities arise we work with companies to find the solutions that create long term growth. Whether it’s a merger or acquisition, subsidiary formation, or need to raise equity, we help you formulate the right strategy. For example, our corporate attorneys serve as outside general counsel to several small alternative fuel companies and have advised on matters ranging from contracting issues, to stock repurchase transactions, to employment concerns. When your asset isn’t tangible, we work closely with you to protect intellectual property and trade secrets, and we prosecute patent infringements when necessary. We draw on our experience and history and anticipate what changes may affect your business and help you plan accordingly.

When litigation arises, we defend chemical companies against personal injury and toxic tort claims. We have defended several national industry leaders when a spill has lead to large scale exposure and helped sort through appropriate reparations. If you’re facing a “bet-the-company” product liability claim, our practical approach can help you avoid a costly judgment. We have served local, national and international companies in a variety of lawsuits involving allegations of personal injuries arising from the use or exposure to chemicals in industrial, medical and consumer products and draw upon our solid relationships with industry experts to provide accurate testimony when it’s necessary.

Whether its in the boardroom, the courtroom, before a regulatory agency, or in front of the citizen action groups, our attorneys advocate for your company’s interests. In a highly and increasingly regulated industry, we can help you create the best opportunities for growth.