Beth Rothenberg is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office, where she focuses on environmental, safety and health law. Her broad, national experience includes compliance and regulatory counseling as well as litigation and enforcement defense for many Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 clients. She has deep knowledge in the following areas:
Environmental Compliance and Permitting
Ms. Rothenberg advises clients on regulatory compliance under numerous federal and state environmental statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Clean Water Act; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA); and the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA). She provides counsel on the implications of environmental regulations on business and real estate transactions, and she has overseen the environmental due diligence of multimillion-dollar deals across numerous states. Ms. Rothenberg also has advised clients on the permitting requirements of federal and state agencies, ensuring that projects and operations move forward and continue uninterrupted.
Regarding enforcement actions, Ms. Rothenberg defends clients in investigations by federal and state regulators. She negotiates with these agencies to resolve clients' environmental enforcement matters under the Clean Water Act, RCRA and state-law equivalents, as well as Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations.
Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
Ms. Rothenberg is well-versed in representing clients on both sides of environmental and toxic tort litigation. She has defended corporations against citizen suits brought under federal environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act, RCRA and corresponding state laws. She also has defended clients in high-stakes mass toxic tort cases involving claims of property damage and personal injury caused by environmental contamination.
On the plaintiff's side, Ms. Rothenberg has brought cost recovery actions under CERCLA, also known as Superfund, and state laws against parties that have failed to reimburse clients for environmental cleanup costs. She handles matters related to all aspects of Superfund law, including coordinating with agencies, leading cleanups under CERCLA, participating in Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP) groups as both small parties and major contributors, negotiating the allocation of liability among PRPs, and pursuing cost recovery claims against PRPs.
Safety and Health
Ms. Rothenberg regularly represents clients in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement actions across the country, both against federal OSHA and state agencies that administer their own OSHA programs, such as Cal/OSHA in California and MIOSHA in Michigan. In these cases, Ms. Rothenberg has defended against citations of all kinds – ranging from those that allege repeat violations or involve fatal accidents, to those that allege less serious violations but could fundamentally impact the client's business operations.
Ms. Rothenberg also counsels clients and their environmental health and safety (EHS) managers or other subject matter experts on safety and health compliance and best practices under federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA and other state agencies. She advises on topics ranging from hazard communication to injury and illness recordkeeping.
In the community, Ms. Rothenberg represents low-income individuals in Social Security disability appeals and has worked with the Sulzbacher Center, which provides services to the homeless.
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