Susan Cooper

Environmental Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson

Susan guides clients in handling environmental issues related to business and real estate transactions, particularly brownfields redevelopment, and regulatory compliance at the local, state and federal level. Her practice is rounded out by her representation of clients in environmental criminal matters and environmental litigation involving a variety of issues including toxic torts, cost recovery, property damage, and administrative penalties.

For over 20 years, she has worked with clients on business and transactional matters involving environmental issues and helped clients perform due diligence, environmental audits, reporting, environmental training, negotiate contracts and resolve regulatory compliance matters. She represents clients in negotiations and agreements with regulatory agencies, handling such issues as RCRA, brownfields, USTs, dry cleaners, wastewater, and permitting. Her experience includes representation of companies in CERCLA (Superfund) matters, including internal investigations and negotiated settlement agreements with the EPA. She has also served as defendants’ and plaintiffs’ counsel in environmental litigation matters ranging from complex mass toxic tort cases to leaking underground storage tank cases.

Susan is ranked among the top lawyers in North Carolina for Environmental Law by Chambers USA. She was named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for Environmental in 2020 and has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America(c) in the field of Environmental Law since 2015.

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Legal Developments in Vapor Intrusion

Evaluation of vapor intrusion is an important part of environmental due diligence in transactions for understanding potential health risks, complying with “all appropriate inquiry,” and understanding the costs for vapor intrusion mitigation. There is also evolving guidance from states for screening and mitigating vapor intrusion, including methane intrusion, which can complicate this due diligence. And vapor intrusion has firmly become a part of environmental litigation – CERCLA, RCRA and state law are all being used to bring claims involving vapor intrusion. This potential threat of litigation from vapor intrusion adds another layer of importance to environmental due diligence for transactions and for on-site and off-site investigation and cleanup. And how might federal and state environmental program’s evolving vapor intrusion guidance influence environmental litigation? Susan Cooper, an environmental attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP will address these due diligence, regulatory and litigation topics in her legal update on vapor intrusion.