Todd R. Berman

Senior Analyst

  • Overview

    Biography

    Todd Berman is an experienced senior environmental analyst who assists clients and attorneys with fact finding, strategy, and regulatory communications and implementation. He focuses on the environmental, land use, energy, and health and safety practice areas.

    Research and Analysis

    For over 20 years, Mr. Berman has been providing litigation support through fact finding and strategic assessment. He gathers, organizes, and assesses large pools of documents and data for the development of a client’s case. Mr. Berman has executed Freedom of Information Act document searches at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and at regulatory agencies in 21 different states.

    Superfund Sites and Related Cost Allocation

    Mr. Berman has extensive experience with complex Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund, matters. He helps prepare responses to regulatory inquiries, and routinely works with various regulatory bodies and Potentially Responsible Party groups (PRPs) to facilitate favorable outcomes for our clients. Much of his work focuses on helping clients manage historic environmental conditions and/or governmental obligations on sites which clients no longer own or operate. He has helped clients in dozens of states, from Maine to California.

    Mr. Berman's years of industrial management experience give him a broad perspective on many of the environmental challenges faced by our clients. Mr. Berman is the president of the Connecticut Environmental Forum, an organization which provides a way for environmental professionals to share knowledge and learn about the latest in environmental regulation. He is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Master Captain and part-time professional sailor, a background which helps him assist clients who are facing coastal and waterfront issues. He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lally School of Management, where he taught environmental law and policy. Mr. Berman's undergraduate work included terms of study at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented a subsidiary of a conglomerate client on the steering committee of a multiparty Midwestern Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) site.

      • Represent energy company with respect to issues related to hydropower permitting, compliance, and risk management.

      • Represent natural gas pipeline relative to permitting and compliance issues associated with repair and expansion.

      • Representation of a client in the investigation and subsequent remediation of a historic clock manufacturing building in Waterbury, Connecticut. Based on the nature of the material in issue (e.g. radium) the remediation was overseen by and involved both the State Environmental Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The initial site inspections were conducted by NRC experts.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
      Co-chair of Transformation Advisory Subcommittee #1 on Current State of Cleanup Programs (2011)

      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      Adjunct Faculty in Environmental Law and Policy (2000 - 2005)

      Connecticut Business & Industry Association
      Chair of Waste Task Force (2006 - 2007)
      Steering Committee (2006 - 2007)

      Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
      Co-chair of Waste Advisory Committee on Special Wastes (1998 - 2000)

      Connecticut Environmental Forum
      President of Board of Directors

      Killingworth Open Space Committee

      Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
      Advisory Committee on Mercury Reduction
      Advisory Committee on Release Reporting Regulations
      Advisory Committee on Soil Staging and Transfer (2006)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Connecticut Regulatory Updates," published in New England's Environment, co-authored with Robert S. Melvin (quarterly)
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      "Connecticut Regulatory Update," published in New England's Environment (1998 to 2006)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "EPA & DEEP Morphing, Citizens & NGOs Rising: Updating Your Compliance Program in the New Regulatory World," co-presented with Robert S. Melvin and Brian C. Freeman, at the CBIA 2017 Energy & Environment Conference in Farmington, Connecticut (6/16/2017)
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      "Regulatory Trends and Outlook for 2017," presented at Presentation to the Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), co-presented with Robert S. Melvin, Emilee Mooney Scott and Brian C. Freeman, Presented to the Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), Wethersfield, CT (2/1/2017)
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      "Environmental Regulatory Trends and Outlook for 2017: What You Need To Know," presented at R+C Environmental & Utilities Practice Group webinar/seminar, co-presented with Brian C. Freeman, Robert S. Melvin, Emilee Mooney Scott and Earl W. Phillips Jr. (1/18/2017)
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      "Environmental and Compliance Trends for 2017: Practical Strategies for Staying Ahead of Regulatory Changes," presented at BLR webinar, co-presented with Brian C. Freeman and Emilee Mooney Scott, webinar (11/30/2016)
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      "Energy in Connecticut: Demand, Cost and the Environmental Challenges of Siting New Infrastructure," at Connecticut Environmental Forum, organizer and moderator (Spring 2006)

      "Environmental Risk Management in a Post 9/11 World," at CBIA's Environmental Health and Safety Conference (5/1/2002)

      "New England Environmental Enforcement Trends," at CBIA's Environmental Health and Safety Conference (3/30/2001)
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      "Waste Compliance and Permitting Trends," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) Environmental Conference 2007

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 20, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Participates in CBIA Energy & Environmental Conference

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      • May 9, 2017

        Todd Berman Presents Awards to Students at Connecticut Invention Convention

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      • February 7, 2017

        Environmental + Utilities Group Members Speak on 2017 Regulatory Outlook at CEF Forum

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      • December 1, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Environmental + Utilities Group Members Present on Compliance Trends for 2017

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      • November 13, 2013

        Environmental Analyst Elected President of Connecticut Environmental Forum

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      • June 1, 2012

        Todd Berman Congratulates Connecticut Invention Convention Winners

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      • June 8, 2011

        Todd Berman Congratulates Connecticut Environmental Forum Invention Convention Winners

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      • December 28, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Senior Analyst Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune Article

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