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Environmental and Toxic Tort

Sheehy, Ware & Pappas is widely recognized for its expertise in environmental law, mass tort and toxic tort litigation.

These areas of the law are particularly significant in our home state of Texas, which has a high concentration of companies in the chemical and refining industries. Major players in these industries and other sectors nationwide have long sought our representation in defending claims resulting from alleged exposure to or contamination from toxic agents.

Our Approach

Whether a claim involves a single personal injury or hundreds or thousands of impacted individuals, our approach is the same: We partner with our clients to develop a plan based on their goals, and we convene a formidable multidisciplinary team, which, depending on the matter, may include attorneys from our Energy and Petrochemical, Maritime and Admiralty, Transportation and Trucking, OSHA or other practice groups. Because of our deep experience in environmental litigation, we have also developed relationships with a network of highly respected technical and medical experts, whose specialized knowledge can be accessed as needed to help shed light on any matter.

Our Experience

We have achieved favorable outcomes for our clients in virtually every type of claim or lawsuit stemming from the manufacture, sale, use or disposal of chemicals and hazardous substances, such as those involving:

  • Fibrogenic, carcinogenic and neurotoxic materials, including asbestos, silica, benzene, MTBE and carbon monoxide
  • Fugitive emissions from refineries, petrochemical facilities, and storage tanks, including catastrophic failures
  • Mold and indoor air quality issues
  • Construction defect and defective construction materials
  • Contaminated land and Superfund cleanup disputes

Our Service

Sheehy, Ware & Pappas has invested in innovative technologies that allow us to manage mass litigation in a manner that is efficient and cost-effective for our clients. This includes the development of a proprietary database, which we designed so that clients who are involved in litigation with thousands of plaintiffs can access meaningful information about individual claims in real time. Our commitment to our clients, coupled with our expertise and experience, has allowed us to provide superior representation and results for decades.