Christopher Foster


  • Overview


    Chris Foster heads the firm's Environmental Group in the Boston office, where his practice focuses primarily in the areas of transactional and regulatory environmental compliance, environmental permitting, land use issues, and environmental litigation.

    Mr. Foster has assisted national and international business interests with environmental due diligence, negotiating representations, warranties, and indemnities in numerous large transactions, including deals in the paper, fuel oil, automotive, chemical, plastics, pesticide, and metal finishing businesses. Following these transactions, he often continues to represent these and other clients as they develop or review compliance auditing, cost recovery, and corporate environmental policy. Moreover, he regularly assists clients in developing defense and allocation strategies, permitting strategies, dispute resolution strategies, as well as in crisis management, emergency response, and business continuity planning.

    Mr. Foster is involved in several major brownfield projects and has assisted clients with funding and liability protection. These projects typically involve a public/private partnership. He also assists clients with implementing environmental management systems and securing recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for voluntary environmental improvements.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Representation of petroleum transportation company with respect to nuisance claims by abutters associated with truck noise and vehicle emissions.
      • Representation of petroleum transporters with respect to union contracts, labor negotiations, and employment mediation and arbitration.
      • Representation of petroleum transporters with respect to employee benefits and ERISA matters, including multiemployer plan issues.
      • Represented transportation company in defense of an environmental class action trial in Massachusetts state court, one of the very few class action trials resulting from an environmental incident and, to our knowledge, the first environmental class action ever tried in Massachusetts. The case involved claims for property damage resulting from an oil spill in Buzzards Bay in 2003. The class was made up of approximately 1,000 residents from the Town of Mattapoisett who alleged their shoreline property was oiled as a result of the spill. The March 2010 trial, which lasted two weeks, addressed the claims of eight individual class members. The jury ultimately awarded a very favorable result for the client. The results of these initial cases were meant to provide the parties with a basis to resolve the remaining claims.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Boston Bar Association (1993 - present)

      Massachusetts Bar Association (1993 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (1987 - present)

      Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association
      Associate Member (1993 - present)

      New England Fuel Institute
      Associate Member (1993 - present)

      Massachusetts Chemical Technology Alliance
      Counsel to the Board (1995 - present)
    • Presentations


      "OH S#&%! Is My Company and Customer's Data Secure?" moderator at the 2016 New England Fuel Institute's VISIONS conference in Worcester, Massachusetts (6/15/2016)
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      "Environmental Risk in the Real World," co-presented with Karla L. Chaffee, participated in a panel discussion on behalf of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) in Boston, Massachusetts (1/15/2015)
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      "Staying in Compliance with Today's OSHA Dust Regulations," at Massachusetts Chemistry and Technology Alliance Dust Workshop, co-presented with Kirstin Etela (12/2008)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 23, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Data Security to the New England Fuel Institute

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      • February 4, 2015

        Boston Lawyers Present on Environmental Risk

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      • December 9, 2014

        Environmental and Utilities Lawyers Plan HRSC Presentation

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      • April 7, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Present Webinar to Fuel Industry

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