Pamela Elkow has 25 years of experience representing clients in remediating or redeveloping brownfields; purchasing or selling businesses or real estate with significant environmental liabilities or challenges; obtaining permits; providing environmental, health, and safety compliance counseling; and responding to governmental enforcement.
Her clients include large companies engaged in the remediation of legacy properties, portfolio companies in the business of acquiring and remediating contaminated property for investment or resale, and municipalities engaged in redevelopment efforts.
Pam’s approach to clients and their issues is pragmatic and business-oriented. With respect to property redevelopment, she understands that every client has a different risk profile and each property has a different intended use, and any remedial strategy must fit those criteria, while being cost-effective and protective of human health and the environment.
When representing the buyer or seller in a transaction, she works with the transaction team to manage due diligence and negotiate the allocation of environmental liabilities, with awareness that the role of the environmental attorney is not simply to identify the risks associated with the deal but to find a solution if one exists.
Many of Ms. Elkow’s clients are manufacturers or other large institutions, such as universities, with ongoing environmental health and safety issues associated with their business operations. She advises them on day-to-day compliance and permitting issues, works with them to compile or review health and safety manuals, and defends them against enforcement actions resulting from allegations of violations of environmental or occupational health and safety regulations.
Pamela is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Energy, Environment and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee and a frequent lecturer and writer on environmental issues for audiences such as developers, environmental consultants, and other lawyers. She is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Business Council of Fairfield County.
- Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals, Founder and Former Co-chair (1999 – present)
- American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Chair of Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee (2014-2017)
- American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vice Chair of Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee (1989 – 2017)
- Urban Land Institute (2006 – present)
- Colgate University, B.A., 1986 ~ with honors
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1989
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