Working With the Indiana Department of Environmental Management
David E. Dearing, Attorney at Law, based in Indianapolis, assists clients across Indiana with a range of environmental law issues. Before going into private practice, attorney David E. Dearing spent nearly 10 years handling environmental litigation for the government. His well-rounded perspective of the relevant laws, as well as his more than 20 years of legal experience, gives him the knowledge and skill to handle complex environmental law problems.
Focused Solutions to Environmental Law Issues
Attorney David E. Dearing counsels clients regarding all types of environmental matters and represents those accused of violating state and federal laws. While Mr. Dearing handles civil cases and appeals involving alleged environmental violations, he will coordinate with a client’s criminal defense attorney when appropriate.
He handles issues involving:
- Wetlands regulation
- Contaminated property
Attorney Dearing has vast experience dealing with a range of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Types of Permits
Understanding when to obtain a permit can be confusing. Property owners need a permit to build a structure on their land that may affect the environment or to discharge pollutants into the water. Individuals and land developers need permission to change a property from wetlands to uplands by adding sand, dirt or gravel. A permit is also necessary for solid and hazardous waste governed by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Attorney Dearing can advise you whether you need a permit and help you obtain one.
Enforcement Action Defense
Attorney Dearing represents real estate developers, homeowners, farmers and other clients who have been accused of altering wetlands and building without permits. During a consultation, he will evaluate your specific situation to determine whether regulatory jurisdiction is present and, if so, whether any statutory exemption applies. When possible, he will negotiate with the appropriate regulatory agency to obtain a permit issued after the fact. His goal is to bring you into compliance with legal requirements in a cost-effective manner. Nevertheless, if a resolution is not possible, he will aggressively represent your interests in the course of litigation.
He has defended actions brought under RCRA, the Clean Water Act and the Swampbuster statute. Attorney Dearing represents clients at administrative proceedings before federal agencies nationwide. He also represents clients in state and federal courts in Indiana or Michigan. In court proceedings in another state, he works with counsel licensed to practice in that particular state.
Knowledgeable Lawyer Committed to Your Needs
Environmental laws and regulations are constantly evolving. To ensure compliance and limit your liability, speak with an experienced Indianapolis environmental law attorney. Contact David E. Dearing, Attorney at Law, online or call 317-608-6110 or +1-888-832-3035 to arrange a complimentary consultation.
The firm offers flexible office hours by appointment. Off-site appointments are available by request.