George H. Buermann

George H. Buermann

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

George Buermann helps lead the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. George advises clients on complex environmental regulatory and compliance matters and litigates environmental and toxic tort disputes across the country. George offers clients in-depth knowledge of the state and federal regulations governing such disputes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and others. He also litigates matters involving contamination and exposure to chemicals and substances such as lead, PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, TCE, mold, and benzene. In addition to handling adversarial matters, George helps clients avoid litigation by providing strategic advice regarding environmental compliance and strategy. His experience also includes handling construction losses and construction defects; and torts involving commercial property.

George regularly writes and lectures on emerging environmental issues impacting the regulated industry and serves as co-editor of Goldberg Segalla's Environmental Law Monitor, the firm’s weekly environmental blog publication.

Representative Matters
  • Advise real estate management company regarding alleged lead contamination in building’s drinking water system in New York
  • Defending leading manufacturer of underground fuel piping and containment systems involving damage to the environment, real property, and the surrounding community at commercial shopping center's power plant and underground USTs
  • Representing multinational chemical company in a train derailment investigation in Wisconsin wherein the local water supply was threatened
  • Representing interests of oil and gas drilling company in Oklahoma involving pipeline leak and resultant contamination to environment and waterways
  • Defended personal storage facility owner in NJ Spill Act cost recovery action involving historic contamination and eminent domain and condemnation issues
  • Representing national recycling company in CERCLA cost recovery action involving CRT waste disposal at e-waste recycling facility in Ohio
  • Representing interests of school system involving historic environmental contamination and alleged exposure at site in New York
  • Obtained dozens of dismissals on behalf of international and domestic manufacturers involving allegations of toxic exposure to products ranging from forklifts, commercial paint products, marine motors, to railway cars
  • Dismissal of triple wrongful death carbon monoxide poisoning action on behalf of manufacturer of low-torque motors utilized in decedents' heating system
  • Defended remediation company involving allegations of resultant asbestos migration from remedial measures throughout condominium complex and damage to real and personal property throughout complex
  • Obtained dismissal of New York Navigation Law cause of action on behalf of remediation company involving allegations of exacerbation of oil contamination during cleanup and remedial operations
  • Dismissal of action on behalf of gasoline station / property owner involving allegations of groundwater contamination to New York municipality's drinking water supply, and upheld by the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division
  • Representing numerous property owners/managers, product manufacturers/distributors, and remediation companies in actions concerning lead exposure to children, adults, and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Defend Fortune 500 Company in CERCLA / Superfund action involving environmental contamination from tannery in upstate New York
  • Representing the manufacturer of machines involved in dry cleaning in a matter involving allegations of defective design pertaining to causal link between exposure to dry-cleaning solvent PERC and alleged disease
Professional Affiliations
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Community Involvement
  • Coach, Glen Rock, NJ Youth Lacrosse League, 2016 to present
Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2001
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1997
Presentations/Publications
  • Co-Presenter, "CERCLA and Complex Allocation Issues," In-House Insurance Seminar, New York City, NY, June 27, 2018
  • Co-Author, "Environmental Pitfalls of PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane," For the Defense, June 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Lead Poisoning Claims — Ways to Defend, Mitigate, and Allocate Risk to Minimize Liability and Damages Exposure," Insurance Seminar, Hartford, CT, May 21, 2018
  • Co-Presenter,  “The Triple Threat from PFAS-Related Chemicals: Toxic Tort, Product Liability, and Environmental Cleanups,” EECMA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 26, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Emerging Unregulated Contaminants – Impacts and Threats to Our Nation's Drinking Water Supply," NYC Insurance Seminar, NY, NY, April 11, 208
  • Co-Presenter, "Effective Mitigation Tools for Environmental Crisis Management," GS Containing Environmental Disasters Seminars, Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, January 22-25, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Environmental Emergency Action Plans, Media Response Strategy, and Advance Planning Strategies for Environmental Crises”, GS Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Webinar Series, January 17, 2018
  • Presenter, "Environmental Cost Recovery Actions: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid," CLM Southeast Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2017
  • Co-Author, “At Risk: Our Nation’s Drinking Water Supply,” Mealey’s Emerging Toxic Torts, October 17, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Superfund Update – CERCLA and State Cost Recovery Actions" Perrin Conference Webinar, August 2, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Emerging Contaminants and Trends in Environmental and Toxic Torts”, New York State Bar Association, June 9, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Uncharted Waters: Keys to Navigate Risks and Defend Lawsuits that Arise from Contamination in our Nation's Drinking Water Supply," Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Federal and State Environmental Regulatory Procedures” Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • Presenter, "Allocating CERCLA Liability" GS Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Webinar Series, April 21, 2017
  • Presenter, "Environmental Trends in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions," Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, "Tips for Success and Pitfalls to Avoid in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions," Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, "Environmental Spill Litigation in New York and New Jersey," Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Forecasting Rough Waters on the Horizon: EPA Overreach and the Clean Water Act," Mealey’s Pollution Liability Report, November 2016
  • Presenter,  "Identifying, Avoiding, Mitigating, and Insuring Environmental Risk in Construction," CLM Southwest Conference, Dallas, TX, November 3, 2016
  • Presenter, "EPA — Impacts arising out of the Clean Water Act , The Clean Water Rule, and The Potential Ripple Effect From The Chesapeake Bay TMDL," Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Hydraulic Fracturing – Emerging Regulatory & Litigation Issues and Trends," Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Clean Water Act and Emerging Trends," GS Webinar Series, September 30, 2016
  • Presenter,  "Roughwaters on the Horizon — EPA Overreach Involving the Clean Water Act," Webinar, September 30, 2016