Forrest focuses on disputes concerning the funding of environmental remediations, generally representing industrial companies or their successors in negotiations or proceedings in which they are adverse to governmental agencies, other responsible parties, or insurers.
The environmental contamination of today arose from industrial operations or the use of products and equipment decades in the past, sometimes beyond the living memory of any witness. Records of the operations that caused this contamination are usually fragmentary and often lost altogether. Working with archivists, environmental engineers, and other specialists and drawing on historical technical literature, governmental reports, patents, and myriad other sources, Forrest undertakes to reconstruct a thorough and compelling picture of the relevant past that is fully consistent with current environmental data.
In this way, Forrest has assisted industrial companies in remediation funding disputes associated with a number of complex contaminated sites, including large, multi-party river and estuarine sediment sites, and has helped policyholders obtain insurance coverage for these sites.