Crisis Planning and Management

Effective preparation for and response to a crisis or emergency situation is a critical element of operating any business organization, but particularly when the business activities, materials or facilities present environmental, health, or safety risks. Robinson+Cole's Crisis Management and Emergency Response Group has hands-on experience in collaboratively assisting clients in their crisis and emergency planning and response efforts. We work with clients to evaluate and improve upon incident planning efforts, internal documentation standards, training programs, and audit exercises. We also team with clients and experts in various disciplines to provide on the ground coverage as well as mid-incident and post-incident agency and public interface counseling and services, evidentiary efforts, root cause analysis, origin and cause investigations, and the essential follow up, liability allocation or reallocation, or defense.

Our Crisis Management and Emergency Response Group experience extends from explosions and catastrophic releases of pollutants to defective products and homeland security matters. Our team members have worked in a variety of client industries and have experience with incidents involving fires and explosions, tank, vessel, and pipeline failures, contaminated public water supply, maritime events, fatalities and injuries, property damage, environmental and natural resource impacts, business interruption, governmental investigations and enforcement and oversight, employment considerations, and all related litigation.

    • Experience
      • Provided on-site response within one hour of explosion in Connecticut that resulted in the death of three employees and damage throughout the town, handling all on-site investigations and dealing directly with OSHA investigators. Worked with privately retained expert to determine the cause of the explosion. Negotiated the citation at local level and regional office, minimizing the number and severity of the sanctions and settling the case.
      • Representation of Connecticut client in which an employee of the client died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning after a severe storm cut off power and allowed carbon monoxide to accumulate throughout the building. Negotiations with OSHA resulted in no citation issued against the client on the theory of “act of god.” State's attorney indicted company for negligent homicide. OSHA resisted involvement in local criminal matter, but we obtained an order from the district court compelling its attendance in the state court criminal action. The result was a not guilty verdict.
      • Representation of a company where a failure of compressed gas tank at its Connecticut facility resulted in significant injuries to several employees. Robinson & Cole was on site within hours and dealt with local OSHA personnel; state police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the FBI. No citation was issued.
    • News
      • February 12, 2014

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

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      • January 9, 2014

        Environmental and Utilities Lawyers Speak at MCTA Meeting

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      • December 12, 2013

        Stamford Lawyer Authors Article for ABA's Environmental Litigation

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      • November 13, 2013

        Environmental Analyst Elected President of Connecticut Environmental Forum

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      • November 12, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Promote Manufacturing Blog at SBANE's Prospectus 2013

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      • November 1, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives 34 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and Three National Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers Survey

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • October 18, 2013

        Stamford Lawyer Appointed to Connecticut House Task Force

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      • October 16, 2013

        Environmental Lawyer Speaks at Global Shipping Conference in China

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      • September 30, 2013

        Connecticut Bar Association Recognizes Eric Lukingbeal with Clyde O. Fisher Award

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      • September 16, 2013

        Peter Lacouture Edits ABA's Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Annual Report for Ninth Year

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      • August 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Announces Annual Pro Bono, Mentor, and Community Service Awards

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      • August 20, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Featured Volunteer in The First Tee of Connecticut

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 9, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Featured in Scrap Magazine

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      • June 26, 2013

        Jonathan Schaefer Joins Bushnell Park Board of Directors

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      • June 19, 2013

        Pam Elkow Assists Massachusetts Solar Cell Manufacturer in Overcoming Legal Barriers

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      • June 13, 2013

        Megan Baroni Selected for Leadership Fairfield County Program

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      • June 10, 2013

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 17 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

      • April 17, 2013

        Providence Lawyer Edits Book for ABA's PUCAT Section

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      • April 16, 2013

        Joey Lee Miranda Represents Connecticut's First Commercial, Utility Scale Solar Project

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      • April 4, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Participate in Energy, Environment, and Economic Development Conference

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      • March 1, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

      • February 8, 2013

        Megan Baroni Authors Article Published on ABA Website

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      • December 28, 2012

        Peter Knight Authors Chapter on Environmental Class Actions

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      • December 5, 2012

        Earl Phillips and Sorell Negro Discuss Shale Development for American Planning Association Webinar

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      • November 13, 2012

        Pamela Elkow Featured in Inaugural Issue of New Environmental Magazine

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      • November 7, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives 32 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and Four National Rankings in U.S.News - Best Lawyers Survey

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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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      • September 14, 2012

        Ten Robinson & Cole Attorneys Selected as “Lawyers of the Year”

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 15, 2012

        Energy and Utilities Partner to Lead American Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee

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      • July 23, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Joey Lee Miranda Joins Lawyers for Children America’s Board of Directors

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      • June 19, 2012

        Land Use Lawyers Write About the Popularity of Land Banking and the Clean Water Act

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      • June 18, 2012

        Quinnipiac University Law School Profiles Joey Lee Miranda

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      • June 18, 2012

        Rhode Island Bar Association Honors Peter V. Lacouture with the Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism

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      • June 7, 2012

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Five Practices, Names 16 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

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      • May 2, 2012

        Environmental Attorneys Discuss Siting, Moving and Expanding Operations at Scrap Metal Convention

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      • April 23, 2012

        Environmental and Utilities Lawyers Write About Supreme Court Decision on Clean Water Act

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      • March 21, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Among Largest Firms in Real Estate, Insurance and Environmental Law

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      • February 16, 2012

        Environmental Attorneys Offer Key Points for a Successful Property Transfer in Scrap Magazine

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      • February 3, 2012

        Environmental Partner Elected to Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals Board

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      • February 1, 2012

        Environmental Partner Chairs ABA Panel on Environmental Class Actions

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      • January 31, 2012

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

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      • January 5, 2012

        Peter Lacouture featured in Providence Business News

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      • December 22, 2011

        Partners Discuss Environmental Class Action Case at Boston Bar Association

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      • December 15, 2011

        Boston Attorneys Coach Students to “Stand Up for Your Rights”

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      • November 9, 2011

        Environmental Partner Presents on Environmental Liabilities in Transactions

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      • October 14, 2011

        Governor Malloy Celebrates Company Robinson & Cole Helped Relocate to Connecticut

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      • September 21, 2011

        Presentation on Environmental Health and Safety Audits Noted in Scrap Magazine

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      • September 12, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 31, 2011

        Reflexite Combines with ORAFOL to Create Leading Global Reflective Materials, Graphic Products, and Industrial Tapes Group

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      • July 20, 2011

        Attorneys Peter Knight and Ronald Zdrojeski Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • July 13, 2011

        Environmental Partner on Panel Discussion about the New Economy in Fairfield and Westchester Counties

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      • June 30, 2011

        Attorney Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Story about Noncompete Agreement

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      • June 17, 2011

        Chambers USA Ranks Robinson & Cole in Six Practices, Names 12 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers

      • June 16, 2011

        Pamela Elkow Examines Legal Issues in Resurrecting Brownfields

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      • June 10, 2011

        Megan Baroni Edits Book on the Legalities of Water Resources

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      • June 9, 2011

        Environmental and Utilities Practice Group Partner Participates in ABA Community Podcast

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      • June 8, 2011

        Todd Berman Congratulates Connecticut Environmental Forum Invention Convention Winners

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      • May 27, 2011

        Environmental Attorney Speaks at Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association Conference

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      • May 23, 2011

        Environmental Attorneys Present on Environmental Health and Safety Audits

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      • April 20, 2011

        Pamela Elkow Presents Webinar About Vapor Intrusion

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      • April 8, 2011

        Earl Phillips and Rich Smith Present at National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Convention

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      • March 16, 2011

        Environmental Attorneys Coauthor Article on Creating Sustainability Programs for Businesses

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      • March 14, 2011

        New York Times Article on Greenhouse Gas Quotes Brian Freeman

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      • March 1, 2011

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Cochairs Seminar and Moderates Panel

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      • February 17, 2011

        Environmental Attorney Puts the Spotlight on Greenhouse Gas

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      • February 17, 2011

        Environmental Partner Elected Vice President of Connecticut Power & Energy Society Board

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      • January 11, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Elects New Partners

      • January 6, 2011

        Attorney Comments on Greenhouse Gas Developments

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      • January 5, 2011

        Environmental Attorney Weighs in on Green Standards

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      • December 17, 2010

        Attorneys Reelected to Connecticut Chapter Board

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      • December 16, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Elevates Six New Counsel

      • November 17, 2010

        Robinson & Cole LandLaw Partner Speaks at RetailGreen Conference

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      • November 10, 2010

        Best Lawyers Names Five Robinson & Cole Attorneys as Lawyers of the Year, Most Chosen in the Hartford Community

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      • November 10, 2010

        Real Estate and Environmental and Utilities Groups Team Up to Present Interactive Forum

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      • November 9, 2010

        Environmental Attorney Examines Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

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      • November 4, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Joins Committee of National Association

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      • October 29, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Examines Wind Power at National Conference

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      • October 14, 2010

        Environmental and Utilities Attorney Thinks Green

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      • September 17, 2010

        Robinson & Cole LLP Receives Most Connecticut First-Tier Rankings in Inaugural U.S.News - Best Lawyers Survey

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      • September 13, 2010

        Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Industries

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      • July 8, 2010

        Earl Phillips Jr. Featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “Gulf Lessons”

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      • May 13, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Has Law School Note Republished

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      • April 30, 2010

        Robinson & Cole LandLaw Lawyer Reappointed to Executive Committee of the American Nuclear Society

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      • April 26, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Joins Connecticut Science Center’s Programming Committee

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      • April 12, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Speaks at Construction Institute Series Program

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      • March 8, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Author Chapter in Global Climate Change Special Pamphlet Series

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      • March 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Reelected to Board of Directors of Westerly Land Trust

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      • February 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Elected to Board of Directors of Turnaround Management Association’s Connecticut Chapter

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      • January 6, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected Vice President of Broad-Park Board of Directors

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      • December 28, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Senior Analyst Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune Article

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      • October 29, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Authors Article on Debtors with Environmental Liabilities

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      • September 2, 2009

        Books by Robinson & Cole LandLaw Partners on Best Seller List

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      • August 12, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Edits Book on Electricity Law and Policy

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      • July 28, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Named Cochair of New England Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association

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      • April 10, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Elected Secretary of New England Women in Energy and the Environment

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      • February 6, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Partner Elected to Board of Directors of the CTTMA

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      • November 3, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected Fairfield County Bar Foundation Vice President

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      • October 17, 2008

        Robinson & Cole's Sustainability and Climate Change Practice Group Releases Legal Update on First RGGI CO2 Auction

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      • September 26, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Presents at Environment 2008 Conference

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Managing Our Coastal Resources Post-Irene and Sandy: New Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines," at Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association's annual "Hot Topics in Land Use Law and Practice" program, presented by John P. Casey (6/21/2013)

      "Federal Flood Plain Regulation," at Lorman Education Services audio conference, co-presented by John P. Casey and Ernest Abbott & Molly Lawrence (4/26/2013)

      "Emergency Management and Continuity Planning – The Developing Legal Issues," presented by W. Richard Smith Jr., presented to the Connecticut Power & Energy Society, program on How Do We Get Prepared? (3/2013)

      BP’s Suspension Highlights Risk of Exclusion for Government Contractors (12/06/2012)

      "Performing Environmental Health and Safety Audits: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" presented at Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' Safety & Environmental Council Conference, co-presented by Pamela K. Elkow and Richard M. Fil (5/3/2011)

      BP Claims Process Highlights Tensions in OPA 90 (01/24/2011)

      Proactive Spill Response Planning and Execution (06/03/2010)

      Pandemic Flu: Operational Impacts and Regulatory Requirements (09/10/2009)

      OSHA Announces Emphasis Program Focused on "Highly Hazardous Chemicals" (08/18/2009)

      "Developments in Natural Resources Damages," at Robinson & Cole Environment and Public Utilities Group Briefing, presented by Brian C. Freeman (3/19/2008)

      "Public Health Emergency Powers: Management of Property," at Public Health Emergency Law course, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness, Moderator and Speaker, presented by W. Richard Smith Jr. (6/2007)

      "Avian Influenza and Business Continuity Planning," presented by W. Richard Smith Jr., presented to Connecticut Business & Industry Association (8/2006)

      "Security and Crisis Management - Preparation and Response," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association Annual Meeting, Southington, CT, presented by Richard M. Fil (4/28/2004)

      "Considerations for Transactions with Environmental Issues," at Orange, CT, co-presented by Richard M. Fil and Pamela K. Elkow (10/22/2003)

      "Defending a Toxic Mold Claim," at Water Intrusion and Mold Claims in Connecticut Seminar, presented by James P. Ray (6/18/2003)

      "Toxic Mold: A Legal Perspective," at Connecticut Society of Women Environmental Professionals Mold Seminar, presented by James P. Ray (10/3/2002)

      "Toxic Mold: A Legal Perspective," at Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association Breakfast Seminar, presented by James P. Ray (10/2/2002)

      "The Sulfur Crisis of 2000," at the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) Annual Meeting, presented by Richard M. Fil (1/2001)
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