George J. Marek, Partner

Success Stories

Chemical Cleanup

Quarles & Brady has worked extensively for a client that historically owned paper-making, printing, packaging, and chemical operations through the United States. These assets were divested in the 1980s, and Quarles & Brady has managed retained environmental liabilities for this client on a national basis since then. This work includes some 30 Superfund sites in total, eight of which are active and many of which have required the negotiation of administrative orders and consent decrees, or a response to unilateral administrative orders under Section 106 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Quarles & Brady has also represented this client in mediation and litigation designed to allocate site costs among the named respondents and other parties thought to have used various disposal sites. This client has sites in Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Obtained a $750,000 Brownfields award

Obtained a $750,000 Brownfields award from the State of Wisconsin for a client seeking to redevelop a historic industrial site, and managed the site investigation and cleanup. The site had been used for leather tanning, automotive repair, and other uses. Proposed redevelopment uses of the property include office, retail, and residential.

Obtained a $125,000 grant

Obtained a $125,000 grant from federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for a client. This award will assist in the cleanup of a historic industrial site, which will be redeveloped for commercial use.

Obtained U.S. EPA and City of Milwaukee financial awards

Obtained U.S. EPA and City of Milwaukee financial awards for site investigation at Brownfields redevelopment sites.

Advised the Lenders in a $200 million financing project

Advised the lenders in a $200 million financing project for a Wisconsin wind farm, coordinating environmental, real estate, energy regulatory, and litigation due diligence.

Represented a client in obtaining all state approvals

Represented a client in obtaining all state approvals needed to redevelop an existing building and construct a new parking lot above a former coal ash fill area. This project featured an innovative construction technique.

Assisted real estate developer in constructing riverfront condominiums

Assisted real estate developer in constructing riverfront condominiums at former industrial facility, including completion of all necessary environmental remediation in soil and groundwater and within the adjacent riverbed. The project included the expansion of a public pedestrian walkway along the river, and development of an innovative rowing club facility located between two portions of the condominium development.