Jeffrey B. Renton

Member
P (978) 475-7580

Mr. Renton has litigated and practiced environmental law for 25 years. Prior to returning to private practice in 1994, Mr. Renton served in the Office of General Counsel for the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency, did a stint as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and served as the first General Counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professional (a/k/a the LSP Board), where he helped to establish the core regulatory and enforcement schemes used today. In private practice including as a partner at Gilbert & Renton LLC since 1996, Mr. Renton has handled a broad spectrum of complex commercial, environmental, business, and insurance coverage matters. He has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts, and he has also participated in a wide range of administrative proceedings involving environmental and other governmental investigations, proceedings, and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Renton's experience over the past 18 years includes representing numerous individuals and entities (trusts, businesses, condominium associations, etc.) confronted with environmental contamination from fuel oil, solvents (including dry cleaning wastes), and other hazardous materials (e.g., asbestos, metals), and who are facing enforcement and compliance obligations under CERCLA and Chapter 21E . These representations have often involved negotiations with or litigation against insurers, other potentially responsible parties, and regulatory agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and they have resulted in the collection of millions of dollars in coverage, reimbursements, and settlements. Mr. Renton has worked closely with numerous Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs), and he has also represented them when they face potential liability or regulatory enforcement. In addition, Mr. Renton has represented clients in connection with wetlands permitting and enforcement, solid waste matters, Brownfields redevelopments, and issues arising under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Mr. Renton has assisted clients in securing Covenants Not to Sue from the Office of the Attorney General and otherwise navigating the regulatory shoals.

Areas of Practice & Representative Cases

Environmental Counseling and Litigation Representation in enforcement actions, professional liability matters and a wide range of regulatory proceedings.

Commercial, government investigations and employment litigation Has resolved a wide range of disputes involving licenses, contracts, unfair competition; federal, state and local investigations; and disputes arising under ERISA.

Personal Injury Prosecution and defense of complex products liability cases.

Publications and Legal Instruction

Published Works:

  • Welcome to Chapter 93A, LSPA News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March, 1997
  • RCRA: A Chink in U.S. Sovereign Immunity Armor (Co-Authored with David Broughel), Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Sept. 30, 1996
  • Courts Take Different Course in Applying Ch.21E in Petroleum Cases (Co-Authored with Thomas Harrison), Massachusetts Environment, March, 1996
  • Trial Courts Tackle Ch.21E's 'Petroleum Exclusion', Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly, Feb. 26, 1996
  • Economic Incentives Under the Clean Air Act: Spotlight on the Massachusetts Emissions Trading Program (Co-Authored with Kenneth A. Reich), Massachusetts' Environment, June, 1995
  • State Developments: Licensed Site Professional Legislation in Massachusetts, 2 Journal of Environmental Law Practice, Vol. 4, No.54, Jan./Feb., 1995
  • The Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Board, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Sept. 19, 1994
  • "Rule Making and Judicial Review under the Clean Air Act," The Clean Air Act Handbook (Jeffrey B. Renton and Kathleen M. McFadden), ABA, 1998

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Seminar: Massachusetts Contaminated Property: LSPs, Brownfields, and Related Initiatives Lead the Way in the 1990's: Recent Developments in Contaminated Property Liability, Day, Berry & Howard, Framingham, Massachusetts, May 1996
  • Seminar: Emerging Roles, Responsibilities, and Liabilities of Massachusetts Licensed Site Professionals: Enforcement and Liability Issues for LSPs, Day, Berry & Howard, Framingham, Massachusetts, November 1994

Court and Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Representative Clients

  • Companies, Trusts, and Individuals with Environmental Compliance Concerns
  • Valley Design Corporation
  • Reichhold, Inc.
  • Invensys Systems, Inc.
  • The Stop & Shop Supermarket Companies
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Merrimack Valley Residents for the Environment
  • Clinical Science Laboratory, Inc.
  • Cell-Tek, LLC