Richard Fil’s environmental practice is focused on the voluntary investigation, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated property and the negotiation of transactional documents. He also counsels clients on federal and state enforcement actions and litigation involving impacted sites. He has substantial knowledge of both state and national regulatory standards and practices, having worked for seven years at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). He has spoken and written on a number of environmental issues to diverse audiences.
Rich 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. He 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.
Rich represents a number of energy clients in negotiating power purchase agreements for renewable energy projects and preparing filings for the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, and other state public utilities commissions.
In conjunction with his environmental and energy practice, Rich has considerable experience in federal regulatory interpretation (including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Transportation), overseeing compliance audits, making voluntary disclosures, managing control groups, assisting clients in compliance with potable water supply matters, and performing crisis management training and oversight.
Litigation and Other Matters
Rich's litigation experience includes defending government enforcement actions, initiating and defending private party actions, and preparing and deposing expert witnesses. He has served as coordinating counsel for a Superfund site in Rhode Island. He has also managed fire and explosion investigations and has been involved in nuclear decommissioning and radioactive decontamination and compliance projects.
While at DEEP, Rich 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.