Adam P. Kahn
Chair, Administrative Law Department; Coordinator, Environmental Practice Group
With 15 years of broad experience in environmental and administrative law matters and exceptional proficiency in real estate/land use and development, Adam Kahn brings singular knowledge to bear as coordinator of Foley Hoag's 15-lawyer environmental practice group and chair of Foley Hoag's 35-lawyer Administrative Law Department, which includes environmental, energy and regulated industries, health care, government strategies and public law practice groups.
To deliver measurable results to his public and private clients, Adam employs his extensive know-how in the fields of:
Remediation and reuse of contaminated property;
Environmental compliance and litigation;
Siting and permitting of electric power generating facilities andother commericial and industrial operations.
He has broad litigation experience and has defended clients against state and federal enforcement actions involving numerous regulatory programs including air, water, wetlands, and hazardous waste. Adam has experience in many jurisdictions with due diligence matters as well as audit, risk management and risk allocation in real estate and corporate transactions.
Bars and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
The following is a brief summary of Adam's experience and accomplishments:
Represented development authorities in Chelsea, Worcester, Springfield and Malden, Mass. in the acquisition, remediation, sale and redevelopment of former industrial properties for school, medical, residential, commercial, park and industrial use
Successfully defended local and state approvals allowing the construction of such projects as a controversial public high school, a high technology corporate campus and a private golf club. Clifford v. City of Everett (Mass. Super. Ct. 2004), White Pine, LLC v. Massachusetts DEP (Mass. Super. Ct. 2001) and Fitzgerald v. Vincent (Mass. Super. Ct. 2001)
Advised owners of approximately 25 electric power generating stations in nine states of obligations under state and federal air pollution requirements, including acid rain, New Source Review and Title V
Obtained permits for significant expansion of a major manufacturing facility in New Hampshire
Represented the Republic of Uruguay in an action in the International Court of Justice regarding the construction of pulp mills on the River Uruguay - including a defeat of a motion to halt construction to the mills. Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay) (International Court of Justice, 2006)
Assisted a developer of a 900,000 sq. ft. high tech office complex and recreational facility obtain needed endangered species, MEPA, and wetlands approvals
Obtained favorable decision on behalf of a chemical manufacturer in a cost recovery and property damage claims. Mystic Landing v. Pharmacia, Inc.(D. Mass. 2006)
Represented the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency in the siting of a $1.1 billion pharmaceutical manufacturing facility at the former Fort Devens
Successfully represented developer of a 360-megawatt combined cycle-electric generating plant in obtaining all required approvals
Secured the disputed tax exempt status for a regional land bank commission. Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Com'n v. Board of West Tisbury (Mass. Appeals Court, 2004).