Megan E. Baroni

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Megan Baroni has extensive experience counseling clients on a wide variety of environmental, health, and safety issues. She frequently represents manufacturers and distributors and is a contributing author to the firm's Manufacturing Law Blog, focusing on environmental, health, and safety trends that will impact the industry.
     
    Environmental Compliance & Dispute Resolution 
    Megan is a trusted advisor on complex environmental compliance issues, including the investigation, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated properties; chemical and waste management associated with business operations; management of contaminated building materials; and risk management in crisis situations. When disputes arise, Megan is a zealous advocate, working hand-in-hand with our clients to effectively manage and ultimately resolve them. Her deep understanding of the science at work in environmental cases helps make her truly knowledgeable about the issues at hand. She commonly works with experts in the field to develop a comprehensive strategy to support our clients’ goals and objectives. 
     
    Health and Safety Compliance & Dispute Resolution
    Megan frequently counsels clients on health and safety compliance in connection with their business operations. She helps clients develop and review health and safety plans and procedures, counsels them through self-audits, and assists with the inspection process. Megan also represents and defends clients before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), evaluating alleged occupational health and safety violations and defending against OSHA citations.
     
    Transactions
    In her transactional practice, Megan helps clients evaluate, manage, and limit environmental risk associated with business and property transactions. She manages due diligence, working with environmental consultants to identify known risks as well as design a plan to investigate the unknown. Megan is a keen negotiator, and with an understanding of her client’s objectives, she negotiates the allocation of environmental liability with an eye toward finding solutions to close the deal. 
     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Environmental Litigation

      • Representation of a large manufacturing company as plaintiff in federal cost recovery litigation, alleging Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and state law claims. The Superfund site involved property owned by multiple entities and contamination, principally to groundwater, from multiple sources.

      • Lead counsel for a drum recycling company in a CERCLA action at a dioxin-contaminated sediment site where past and projected costs exceeded $150 million. After over 8 years of litigation with the major liable party, EPA and several government military defendants involving more than 30 expert witnesses, we secured an ability to pay settlement shortly before trial. 

      • Represented energy company in New York state court filed by neighboring property owner seeking recovery for alleged contamination.  

      • Represent water pollution control authority in federal Clean Water Act citizen suit, including state statutory and common law claims. 

      • Compliance and Permitting

      • Represents large manufacturing company with regard to remediation of formerly owned property. Issues include the recording of environmental covenants, soil and groundwater contamination, and potential vapor intrusion.

      • Counseled former nuclear fuel manufacturer on issues under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act in connection with the decontamination and decommissioning of its manufacturing facility and grounds.

      • Other Experiences

      • Representation of a well-known diversified technology, media, and financial services company in deconstruction and remediation of a manufacturing facility with environmental, historic, and wetlands challenges in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

      • Environmental Enforcement

      • Represented Fortune 500 company in negotiating an administrative order with a state agency under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regarding contaminated property acquired though a business transaction. Negotiation resulted in a significant reduction in penalty as well as the incorporation of supplemental environmental projects.

      • Represented energy provider in administrative hearing before the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings resulting from an Environmental Control Board citation, securing dismissal of citation.

      • Transactions and Due Diligence

      • Represented large car dealership in a multisite real estate transaction involving contaminated properties that qualified as establishments under the Connecticut Transfer Act. After the transaction was complete, we assisted the client in managing the remediation of contaminated properties in accordance with state standards.

      • Represented national real estate investment group as outside environmental counsel for various environmental issues related to a portfolio of 19 light industrial properties in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Texas.

      • Health and Safety

      • Represented manufacturing client in responding to an OSHA citation containing multiple counts, including fall protection and machine guarding. Secured a favorable settlement after informal conference resulting in dismissal and significant reductions in citations and penalties.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Section of Litigation, Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee, co-chair
      Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
      Young Lawyers Division

      Fairfield County Bar Association
      Environmental Law Section
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Among the “100 Women Who Inspire Us” recognized by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation during the 2019 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference

      Fairfield County Business Journal, 2015 "40 Under 40" Inductee

      Connecticut Law Tribune, recognized in 2013 New Leaders in the Law Yearbook

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2019.

      Selected as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for the 2013-2014 bar year by the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation for her work as co-chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee's Water Subcommittee and for her role in co-chairing the 2014 ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE Seminar

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Fairfield County Bar Foundation
      Vice President
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "OSHA approves new respirator fit testing protocols," co-authored with Jonathan H. Schaefer, published by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (10/2/2019)
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      "Falling Down on the Job: OSHA Violations Carry Tremendous Costs," published in Construction Executive, co-authored with Jonathan H. Schaefer (9/5/2019)
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      "Drones: OSHA’s Newest Inspection Tool," published in Construction Executive, co-authored with Jonathan H. Schaefer (8/4/2019)
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      "American attorneys partner to save endangered African wildlife," published in ABA Journal, co-authored with Peter R. Knight, Kelsey A. Cross, Diana E. Neeves, Emily C. Deans, Byron D. Flagg and Alec Rubenstein (July 2017)

      "Who Can Rule on the Clean Water Rule?" co-authored with Tavo T. True-Alcala, in Environmental Litigation, a publication of the American Bar Association's Environmental Litigation Committee (6/7/2016)
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      "Emhart v. United States: Another Failed Attempt to Prove Divisibility under CERCLA," published in Environmental Litigation, co-authored with James P. Ray (Fall 2015)
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      "Sediment Update: A Summary of the Procedural Status of a Collection of Sites," published in Environmental Litigation, co-authored with Brian C. Freeman and Mark Myers and Drew Pearsall, lawyers from the Seattle, Washington, office of Williams Kastner (Summer 2015)
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      "How Water Connectivity May Be Used to Expand CWA Jurisdiction," published in ABA Environmental Litigation Section Newsletter (Fall 2013)

      "Of Counsel: Old Refrigerant Regulations, New Interpretations," published in Scrap, co-authored with Earl W. Phillips Jr. and Richard M. Fil (July/August 2013)

      "50-State Survey of Protections Available for Purchasers of Contaminated Property," authored portions of the survey published on the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Environmental Litigation Committee website detailing innocent purchaser protections (Fall 2013)

      "Transfer of Polluted Water Not Discharge under CWA," published on the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Environmental Litigation Committee website (January 2013)

      "Lessons from the 'Tri-State' Water War," published in State & Local Law News (Winter 2012)

      "Whose Drop Is It, Anyway? Legal Issues Surrounding Our Nation's Water Resources," published in ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law, also authored chapter "Pricing Strategies to Manage Water Demand" (4/2011)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Preventing Wildlife Crimes in Namibia: An International Approach to Legislative Reform," co-presented with Peter R. Knight, during a webcast sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of State and Local Government Law's International Law Committee (10/23/2018)
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      "Vapor Intrusion: The View from the Courtroom—and the Trenches," co-presented with James P. Ray, and Kristen Sherman, Assistant General Counsel, UTC Aerospace Systems, as part of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) 2018 Energy and Environment Conference (5/18/2018)

      "Discussion and Screening of The Ivory Game," co-presented with Suzanne C. Ferguson, Sorell E. Negro, Peter R. Knight and Kelsey A. Cross, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, Florida (2/4/2017)
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      "Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar," at annual workshop for litigators involved in environmental, mass torts, and products liability matters, co-chair (1/30 to 2/1/2014)

      "Legal Issues Associated with Stormwater," at Lorman Seminar (6/3/2009)

      "Connecticut's Significant Environmental Hazard Statute and Its Reporting Requirements," at Connecticut Environmental Forum, Wethersfield, Connecticut, co-presented with Richard M. Fil (1/3/2007)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • November 15, 2019

        Megan Baroni Among the “100 Women Who Inspire Us” Recognized by ABA Section of Litigation

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      • October 4, 2019

        Megan Baroni and Jon Schaefer Co-Author Industrial Safety & Hygiene News Article on OSHA’s New Fit Testing Protocols

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      • September 20, 2019

        Megan Baroni and Jon Schaefer Co-Author Construction Executive Article on OSHA's Fall Protection Standard

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      • August 8, 2019

        Megan Baroni and Jon Schaefer Co-Author Article on OSHA's Use of Drones as an Inspection Tool Published by Construction Executive

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      • October 30, 2018

        Megan Baroni and Peter Knight Present on Preventing Wildlife Crimes in Namibia

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 31, 2018

        Megan Baroni, Rich Fil, and Jim Ray Present at 2018 Energy & Environment Conference

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      • May 24, 2018

        Megan Baroni Quoted in Law360 Article on Proposed EPA Data Rule

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      • April 25, 2018

        Megan Baroni Moderates Program on Interstate Water Disputes at ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 47th Spring Conference

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      • July 6, 2017

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in ABA Journal

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      • February 14, 2017

        Megan Baroni Co-Chairs CLE Joint Seminar for ABA's Section of Litigation

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      • December 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole's Namibia Pro Bono Project Featured in CLT

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      • July 5, 2016

        Megan Baroni and Tavo True-Alcala’s Article on the Clean Water Rule Featured in the ABA Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter

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      • June 23, 2016

        Megan Baroni Quoted in Legal NewsLine

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      • February 24, 2016

        Peter Knight and Megan Baroni Conduct ABA Roundtable on CERCLA Consent Decrees

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      • November 23, 2015

        Jim Ray and Megan Baroni Co-author Article for Environmental Litigation

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      • July 28, 2015

        Brian Freeman and Megan Baroni Co-author Article for Environmental Litigation

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      • April 30, 2014

        ABA's Section of Litigation Recognizes Megan Baroni for Outstanding Contributions

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      • February 12, 2014

        Stamford Lawyer Co-chairs CLE Seminar for ABA's Section of Litigation

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      • December 12, 2013

        Stamford Lawyer Authors Article for ABA's Environmental Litigation

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      • August 9, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Featured in Scrap Magazine

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      • June 13, 2013

        Megan Baroni Selected for Leadership Fairfield County Program

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      • February 8, 2013

        Megan Baroni Authors Article Published on ABA Website

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      • January 31, 2012

        Environmental Attorney Writes Article on ‘Tri-State’ Water War

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      • April 21, 2011

        Megan Baroni Elected to Botanical Garden Board of Directors

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      • January 5, 2011

        Environmental Attorney Weighs in on Green Standards

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      • January 27, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Named to LFCA Regional Council

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      • November 3, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected Fairfield County Bar Foundation Vice President

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 27, 2017

        Megan Baroni to Lead Group within American Bar Association Section of Litigation

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      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 25, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Take Part in International Pro Bono Project to Combat Wildlife Crimes in Namibia

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 28, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • July 7, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Named One of Fairfield County Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”

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      • December 4, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • November 13, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Named “New Leaders in the Law”

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • January 3, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Announces Mentor of the Year Award Recipients

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    • Newsletters

      Newsletters

      Outlook for 2018: Key Topics for Manufacturers and Distributors to Monitor, co-authored with Matthew T. Miklave and Jeffrey J. White (2/1/2018)

      EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal and Modifies FOIA Presumption, co-authored with Earl W. Phillips Jr., Robert S. Melvin and Jonathan H. Schaefer (Dec 2015)