Arthur J. Harrington is chair of the environmental and energy law practice group. He has more than twenty- five years of experience in environmental and more than ten years of experience in energy. He also has extensive experience in litigation relating to these practice areas and serves as mediator in environmental disputes, and has represented a number of municipalities. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1972, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin. His academic honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and a member of the Wisconsin Law Review, where he also served as note and comment editor. Representative Matters
Art has experiences in literally all of the subjects covered by the practice of environmental law including air, water, wetlands, solid and hazardous waste permitting under federal and state environmental laws. He has provided lead responsibility for many major environmental land use disputes as well as transactions involving contaminated property. His experience also includes counseling and, where necessary, defense to targets in civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions. A list of representative environmental projects in which Art has lead responsibility includes the following:
Kenosha HarborPark. Represented the City of Kenosha on the redevelopment of the 45-acre former Chrysler Lakefront Manufacturing plant property that was redeveloped into a multi-use museum, commercial, and residential development project. HarborPark has received numerous state and national awards for its innovative Brownfield/urban features.
Oshkosh/WPS Site. Represented the City of Oshkosh in the acquisition of a former manufactured gas site located on the Fox River. The site will be redeveloped as a multi-use park featuring an outdoor amphitheater.
Emerald Park Landfill. Represented the City of Muskego in a contested case hearing opposing one of the largest proposed expansions of a municipal solid waste facility in the state of Wisconsin. At the conclusion of the 18-day contested case hearing, the matter was resolved by a negotiated agreement which awarded the City the largest fee/ton payment for municipal waste negotiated to date in the State of Wisconsin. American Brass Site. Represented the City of Kenosha on the acquisition of the former 28-acre American Brass manufacturing site. This transaction involved the complete liability transfer of all responsibilities for demolition and remediation to a third party contractor and the use of an innovative 30-years cost cap and PLL insurance policy underwritten by AIG. Crandon Mine Project. Represented the Forest County Potawatomi Community in the tribe's effort to oppose the application for mining permits under state and federal laws. The proposal involved one of the most significant zinc and copper underground ore deposits in North America. The matter was successfully concluded by the tribe's innovative buy-out of the applicant's interest in surface and mineral rights associated with the project. Wisconsin Initiative Seeking Energy Reform ("Wiser"). Primary responsibility for the formation of Wiser, an energy-user group that had as its principal focus lobbying for changes in Wisconsin energy law for end users. Members of Wiser included some of the largest manufacturing companies with facilities located in the State of Wisconsin. Quad/Graphics - West Allis. Represented Quad/Graphics on the first brownfield development project under the Wisconsin Land Recycling Act. This project featured the acquisition and re-use of the former, vacant 30-acre Giddings and Lewis facility located in West Allis, Wisconsin. Quad/Graphics now employs more than 1,000 employees at this location. By-Pass and Overflow Enforcement action. Lead counsel for the 28 communities named in an enforcement action commenced by Wisconsin Attorney General in 2005 in the case entitled Wisconsin vs. MMSD, et al. Negotiated the settlement with the Attorney General involving all 28 communities resulting in no fines and a settlement shield for all the communities.
Listed among the top 50 lawyers in the State of Wisconsin as a result of a lawyer survey conducted by Wisconsin Super Lawyer in 2006
Received Wisconsin Law Journal's Leaders in the Law award in March 2004 for Crandon Mine efforts
Named the top Environmental Lawyer in each of the last three surveys conducted by Milwaukee Magazine
Listed in the Best Lawyers of America, Environmental Law category for the last fifteen years
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