Christine Leas advises clients on a broad array of transactional, as well as regulatory compliance and permitting issues, with a particular focus on complex brownfield and contaminated site redevelopment projects. She also has extensive experience negotiating manuscript environmental insurance policies and resolving coverage disputes. Christine obtained her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and is admitted to practice in New York, California and Connecticut. She is recognized as a leading environmental practitioner by Who’s Who Legal and New York Super Lawyers.
In addition to counseling developer clients on environmental due diligence, structuring and negotiating the property sale transaction, environmental consulting and remediation service procurement and oversight, environmental insurance and regulatory compliance, Christine has worked with corporate and financial institution clients on environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions involving many domestic and international properties. Her experience includes:
- Due diligence and environmental acquisition counsel on dozens of individual projects as well as portfolio acquisitions within the New York region and nationally for clients including: private equity investors, institutional lenders, turn-key developer of distribution facilities, shopping center and self-storage facility operators
- Environmental counsel for many mixed use residential and commercial projects on brownfield locations
- Environmental counsel to family-owned businesses with legacy liability obligations
- Led several insurance claim recoveries under environmental policies and for legacy environmental liabilities under general liability policies dating back to the early 1900s
- Permitting counsel and enforcement defense against asserted violations of coastal zone and freshwater wetland regulations
Christine is a frequent lecturer on environmental liability and regulatory compliance issues. She recently spoke at the Ekos Brazil, SustRem conference in São Paulo, Brazil (October 2018), and has presented many continuing legal education programs for PLI, the New York State Bar Association Environment and Energy Law Section, and the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.