Rich Fil practices in our Providence and Hartford offices, where his environmental practice is focused on the voluntary investigation, remediation, and redevelopment of affected property and the negotiation of transactional documents. He also counsels clients on federal and state enforcement actions and litigation involving impacted sites. Mr. Fil represents a number of energy clients in negotiating power purchase agreements and preparing filings for the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, and other state public utilities commissions. He has spoken and written on a number of environmental issues to diverse audiences.
Mr. Fil has served as environmental counsel on a wide variety of transactions, negotiating environmental provisions of agreements, managing due diligence, and providing advice on remediation alternatives and strategies. His experience includes overseeing contaminated site investigations and cleanups under various state environmental programs. Mr. Fil has negotiated a number of specialized environmental insurance policies for known and unknown conditions, cost overruns, and risk transfer, and has successfully assisted clients in asserting claims. He has also managed fire and explosion investigations and has been involved in nuclear decommissioning and radioactive decontamination and compliance projects. Mr. Fil's litigation experience includes defending government enforcement actions, initiating and defending private party actions, and preparing and deposing expert witnesses.
In conjunction with his environmental and energy practice, Mr. Fil has considerable experience in federal regulatory interpretation (including the EPA, NRC, and DOT), overseeing compliance audits and making voluntary disclosures, managing control groups, and performing crisis management training and oversight.
Mr. Fil has substantial knowledge of state regulatory standards and practices, having worked seven years at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). While at DEP, he served as legislative liaison for the Water Management Bureau, senior environmental analyst in the groundwater program, and assistant to the state Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals. He is the current Chair of the Rhode Island Bar Association's Environmental & Energy Law Committee, and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals and The Westerly Land Trust.