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Laurel Lockett

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Overview

Laurel Lockett practices in the areas of environmental law and commercial real estate. She has substantial experience with cleanup, purchase, sale and redevelopment of brownfields and other contaminated sites, including manuscripting of environmental insurance policies and other creative solutions to risk management, including risk based corrective action and alternative closure strategies.  She also has substantial experience  with industrial and domestic wastewater, storage tank regulation, landfill, used oil, hazardous waste, and air permitting and regulation.  In addition her experience extends to the resolution of environmental enforcement matters, negotiation of prospective purchaser agreements, consent orders, remediation plans and terms of conditional closure associated with the cleanup of hazardous waste, petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and other contaminants with local, state, and federal environmental agencies, redevolpment of those sites and other environmental aspects of real estate and commercial transactions, including asbestos and indoor air quality issues, vapor intrusion, and lead based paint.

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Experience

  • Environmental permitting and enforcement issues in diverse areas including industrial and municipal domestic wastewater treatment, water reuse systems, storage tanks, landfills, used oil processing facilities, and hazardous waste permitting and regulation and a wide variety of industrial facilities.
  • Negotiated settlements, consent orders, and remediation plans associated with the cleanup of hazardous waste, petroleum, chlorinated solvents, such as dry cleaning chemicals, and other contaminants with local, state, and federal environmental agencies.
  • Represented PRPs at various federal Superfund sites, including past service as administrative chairman of the Technical Committee for the Peak Oil Site Generators Group and counsel handling processing of challenges to allocation for hundreds of settling parties at the Peak Oil Site in connection with EPA de minimis settlement offers.
  • Environmental aspects of real estate transactions, including creative solutions to environmental risk allocation, brownfields development, manuscripting of environmental insurance products, and indoor air issues such as vapor intrusion, asbestos, radon, lead paint, and electromagnetic fields.
  • Represented lenders, buyers, and sellers in commercial and industrial real estate purchase, development, redevelopment, and management, including manufacturing facilities, brownfield sites, Superfund and hazardous waste sites and former golf courses, and redevelopment projects on those sites including hotels, shopping centers, single family and multifamily residential, independent living facilities and more than 55 uses, and commercial warehouses, including leasing and property management issues. 

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Chrysalis Award, Florida Brownfield Association (2012)
  • Recipient, President's Award, American Institute of Architects, Tampa Bay Chapter (2007 and 2011)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Real Estate Law (2005-2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Tampa Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Listed in The Legal 500, Land Use and Zoning

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Liaison to Environmental Coordinating Committee (2012-2014) and Standing Committee on Environmental Law (2010-2011) 
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section 
    • Group Chair, Land Use and Environmental Group (2008-2009)  
    • Group Vice Chair, Environmental and Land Use Subcommittees (2006-present) 
    • Former Co-Chairman, Indoor Air Subcommittee 
    • Former Co-Chairman, Environmental Subcommittee
  • Co-Chair, Direct Exposure Working Group, FDEP Contaminated Media Forum (2014)
  • Florida Brownfield Association
    • President (2015-present)
    • Board of Director (2013-2104)
    • Technical Committee Chair (2011-2013)
  • Former Member, Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Joint Citizens Advisory Committee of the West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee
  • Former Member and Chairman, City of Tampa Historic Preservation Commission
  • Member and Former Chairman, USA Rugby Football Association, National Disciplinary Committee
  • Former General Counsel, Florida Citrus Processors Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Audubon of Florida Corporate Council (Tampa Bay Region)
  • Former Member and Chairman, Family Service Association of Greater Tampa Inc., Board of Directors
  • Former Member, Hyde Park Preservation Inc., Board of Directors
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Tool Kit for Implementation of a Historic Preservation Economic Development Grant Program,” Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting (May 14-15, 2014).
  • “Environmental Issues in Florida: Risk Mitigation and Cost Savings Strategies for Preservation Advocates,” Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting (May 14, 2014).
  • “What’s New in Risk Based Corrective Action in Florida?" National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL (April 8, 2014).
  • “What’s new in Global Risk Based Corrective Action,” Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals, Tampa, FL (October 2013).
  • “Car, Planes, Trains … and Arsenic and PAHs: New Strategies for Dealing With Historical Transit-Related Impacts," Florida Brownfields Association Conference, using recent developments in 62-780 rulemaking and guidance, West Palm Beach, FL (October 2013).
  • “Long Term Natural Attenuation Monitoring, Recalcitrant Contaminants, What Can Be Done?” Florida Brownfield Association Conference (October 2012).
  • “Environmental Insurance: Filling the Gaps and Making the Deal Happen,” The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Statewide Webinar (June 12, 2012).
  • “Reporting & Notification Obligations: Black, White and Gray Areas,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section, presentation included Kelly Bishop, HSA Engineers & Scientists, Tampa, FL (March 15, 2012).
  • “Use of Restrictive Covenants in RBCA Site Closure: Understanding the Process and Managing the Uncertainties – What Consultants Need to Know” (2012).
  • “Revision of FDEP Institutional Controls Procedure Guidance: A Collaborative Effort of FBA and FDEP,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, FL (February 24, 2011).
  • “Recent Developments in Institutional Controls,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Luncheon, Tampa, FL (February 23, 2011).
  • “FDEP’s New Institutional Controls Procedure Guidance: FBA Recommendation for Improvement,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Jacksonville, FL (November 16, 2010).
  • “Stretching the Dollar$: Tips for Value-Added Government Brownfield Activity,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Jacksonville, FL (November 15, 2010).
  • “Bankruptcy Discharge for Environmental Cleanup Obligations? The Impact of U.S. v Apex Oil,” ABA RPTE ECLE Program (February 17, 2010).
  • “What You Can’t See Can Hurt You – The Latest on Vapor Intrusion,” 12th Annual Florida Brownfields Conference and Exhibition, Tampa, FL (November 1-4, 2009).
  • “Vapor Intrusion: Recent Developments in Transactional and Regulatory Framework,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Tampa, FL (November 2009).
  • “Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Tampa, FL (November 2009).
  • “Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Environmental Law,” Florida Association of County Attorneys Annual Meeting, Marco Island, FL (June 24, 2009).
  • “Assessing the Impact of Environmental Contamination on Real Estate Valuation,” CLE Symposium,  ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (April 30, 2009).
  • “Vapor Intrusion: Recent Developments in Transactional and Regulatory Framework,” The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Amelia Island, FL (August 22, 2008).
  • “Transfer of Development Rights; Plans for Tampa’s TDR Ordinance,” Renew Tampa Expo, (April 11, 2008).
  • ”Specialty Waste to Fuel," Florida Biofuels Waste to Energy Conference, Orlando, FL (April 8, 2008).
  • ”Regulatory and Business Challenges of the Implementation of Alternative Fuel Generation in Florida,” Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, FL (July 2006).
  • ”Florida’s New Global Risk Based Corrective Action Rule: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, FL (July 2005).
  • ”Air at the Fringe – Vapor Intrusion and Selected Indoor Air Issues from the World Trade Center 911,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Permitting Course, Marco Island, FL (July 2005).
  • “Managing Mold Issues in the Real World: Practical Issues for Real Estate Practitioners,” Florida Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Permitting Course, Orlando, FL (March 2005).
  • “State and Federal Mold Regulatory and Guidance Update,” ABA and The Florida Bar Symposium, Tampa, FL (November 11, 2004).
  • "Managing the Latest Risk in Brownfield Redevelopment: Vapor Intrusion,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Sarasota, FL (October 6, 2004).
  • “Managing Mold for the Transactional Lawyer,” ABA and The Florida Bar Symposium, Tampa, FL (November 11, 2004).
  • “Mold and Transactional Drafting Considerations,” and “Managing Mold for the Transaction Lawyer,” ABA and The Florida Bar Symposium, Tampa, FL (November 11, 2004).
  • ”Generating Power from Wind and Landfills: Case Studies in the Benefits and Barriers for Renewable Energy,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section and Tax Section CLE Program, Boston (September 2004).
  • “Legislative Guidance and Case Law Developments– Mold, Mildew and Microbial Matters,” ABA Annual Meeting – Environmental Hot Topics, Atlanta (August 8, 2004)
  • “Managing Mold for the Real Estate Practitioner – Addressing Environmental Issues in Commercial Leasing,” NBI, Tampa, FL (December 8, 2003).
  • ”Combining Historic Preservation and Brownfields Rehabilitation Incentives and Tax Credits: Case Studies in Creative Deal-Making,” ABA Property Section and Tax Section Joint CLE Program, Chicago (September 13, 2003).
  • ”Combining Historic Preservation and Brownfields Rehabilitation Incentives,” Florida Brownfields Conference, St. Petersburg, FL (August 11, 2003).
  • “Environmental Issues in Commercial Leasing,” NBI, Tampa, FL (July 14, 2003).
  • “Mold Issues for the Real Estate Practitioner,” Commercial Real Estate Women, Tampa, FL (May 22, 2003).
  • “Mold, Mildew and Microbial Matter – A ‘Growing Concern’ for Real Estate Practitioners,” Sterling Education Services, Tampa, FL (May 2003).
  • ”Environmental Insurance Solutions,” Sarasota Association of Realtors, Commercial Investment Division, Sarasota, FL (October 15, 2002).
  • ”Environmental Insurance Tools,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Pensacola, FL (September 24, 2002).
  • ”The Deal Makers,” Southern Regional Deal Flow Conference, National Brownfields Association, Atlanta (February 21, 2002).
  • ”Insurance Solutions,” Florida Brownfields Conference, Tampa, FL (November 5, 2001).
  • “Florida Used Oil Regulatory Issues,” National Oil Recyclers Association Annual Meeting, Sanibel, FL (September 29, 2000).
  • “Addressing Non-CERCLA Liabilities in a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement,” ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto (August 3, 1998).
  • “How to Avoid the Pitfalls of CERCLA/Superfund,” and ”Indoor Air Quality (IAQ),” Environmental Regulation Course, Executive Enterprises Inc., Orlando, FL (January 19, 1996).
  • “Indoor Air Quality,” 4th Annual Environmental Regulation Institute, Executive Enterprises, Inc., Orlando, FL (December 1, 1994).
  • “Underground Storage Tanks” and ”CERCLA/Superfund,” Environmental Regulation Course, Executive Enterprises Inc., Orlando, FL (May 13, 1993, May 5, 1994, and October 19, 1994).
  • “Case Law Update: Recent Developments in Indoor Air Quality Litigation,” ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (August 3-5, 1997).
  • “Limitations of the Program and Case Law Update: Practical Implications for Property Owners and Dry Cleaner Plant Owners,” Tampa, FL (May 2, 1996).
  • “Indoor Air Quality Issues for the Real Estate Practitioner: EPA/HUD’s New Lead Paint Disclosure Requirements; OSHA’s New Asbestos Exposure Standards; Radon: A Naturally Occurring Indoor Air Quality Problem,” ABA Annual Spring CLE and Committee Meeting (May 17-19, 1996).
  • “Environmental Law Issues for Property Managers,” Building and Office Management Association (BOMA), Environmental Issues Training Course, Tampa, FL (March 1996).
  • “What Clients (and Their Lawyers) Really Look for From an Environmental Consultant,” American Association of Professional Geologists, Florida Section (February 29, 1996).
  • “CERCLA/Superfund Liability,” “Indoor Air Quality,” and”EPA Enforcement Policy,” Environmental Regulation Course, Executive Enterprises Inc., Orlando, FL (January 19, 1996).
  • “What Environmental Lawyers and Their Clients Really Want in a Consultant,” Florida Association of Women Geologists, Florida Chapter (January 10, 1996).
  • “OSHA’s New Asbestos Exposure Standards: New Issues for Real Estate Practitioners,” ABA Sixth Annual Spring CLE and Committee Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL (May 18-19, 1995).
  • “Radon: A Naturally Occurring Component of the Indoor Air Quality Program,” ABA Sixth Annual Spring CLE and Committee Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL (May 18-19, 1995).
  • “Radon: The Naturally Occurring Component of the Indoor Air Quality Problem,” as part of the ”Assessment and Allocation of The Risk of Indoor Air Pollution and Electromagnetic Field Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” ABA Fifth Annual Spring CLE and Committee Meeting (May 6, 1994).

Credentials

Education
  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Smith College (B.A., with honors, 1977)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts

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