Jackson Walker's Toxic Tort/Environmental Litigation section includes more than 20 attorneys with a specific focus on and extensive experience in toxic tort matters, including cases involving alleged exposure to asbestos, mold, silica, radiation, and chemicals. Jackson Walker attorneys regularly represent product manufacturers and distributors, insurance carriers, construction companies, hospitals, and residential and commercial building owners.
The firm's approach to toxic tort matters involves working with clients in the earliest possible stages to give counsel on potential issues, to assess the likelihood and impact of litigation, and to craft the most effective legal strategies for trial or settlement, depending on the specific needs and preferences of each client.
Asbestos and Silica Claims
Jackson Walker has defended tens of thousands of cases involving alleged exposure to asbestos and silica. The firm handles all asbestos and silica litigation matters for multiple clients in industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, power supply, oilfield, transportation, and information services. Additionally, Jackson Walker has defended direct action and insurance coverage litigation in this area.
Toxic Chemical Claims
The firm has represented hundreds of clients in claims involving alleged exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment and in the workplace. Jackson Walker attorneys have experience with cases involving arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, PCPs, and other chemicals.
Indoor Air Quality/Mold Claims
Jackson Walker attorneys have a wide range of experience in matters involving indoor air quality and mold, including pre-purchase investigations of indoor air quality, defending first party insured mold claims, and defending property damage and construction defect claims. The firm has also represented owners in a number of mold/air quality cases, obtaining some multimillion-dollar settlements.
Climate Change/Environmental Claims
This rapidly developing area of litigation involves alleged toxins released in industrial applications and/or by energy, oil and gas, electric and manufacturing concerns. Claims citing greenhouse gases, particulate matter, coal-fired-released contaminants, carbon dioxide, and air, water or soil contamination are becoming ever more prevalent, and the outcomes of these cases are setting new and serious precedents. Jackson Walker attorneys are on the cutting edge of this type of litigation and are heavily involved in all related matters, including regulatory and legislative developments impacting litigation trends.
Agricultural Chemicals and Pesticide Claims
Jackson Walker's attorneys are well-versed in state and federal regulations concerning agricultural chemicals and pesticides and provide effective counsel on issues relating to the manufacturing, transportation, and use of these materials. The firm has significant experience in cases involving water contamination, product liability, and chemical exposure in this arena.
The firm has represented clients in matters involving EIFS product liability, sulfites cases, electromagnetic issues, "sick building syndrome" claims, "toxic soup" cases, and more. Jackson Walker's seasoned attorneys are prepared to handle all aspects of environmental and toxic tort issues, from regulatory compliance to preventative counseling to litigation expertise.
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