Peter A. Alpert

Partner

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  • JD, cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1989; Executive Editor,  Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1986

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • Honorable Robert B. Krupansky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Boston Bar Association (Environmental Law section)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Peter A. Alpert

Partner

Peter Alpert has practiced environmental and land use law for nearly twenty-five years. Peter’s clients include large industrial, corporate and institutional entities, municipalities, financial and strategic investors in real estate, real estate developers, and individuals. The matters he handles are as broad and diverse as the client types. His primary focus is on the remediation of contaminated land under state and federal superfund programs, the entitlement and permitting of complex development projects in Massachusetts, and advising private equity, hedge fund, and strategic clients on the environmental issues that arise in the context of merger and acquisition transactions. His permitting experience spans the full range of entitlement programs, including zoning, wetlands and waterways, historic preservation, transportation, endangered species, water management and water supply and federal and state environmental impact review. His regulatory knowledge spans the full range of federal and state environmental programs, including air, water, wetlands, hazardous waste, waste site cleanup and the regulation of toxic substances and pesticides.

Peter’s environmental practice is generalized, but a substantial part is devoted to federal and state superfund matters, including the negotiation and administration of CERCLA consent decrees, and the oversight of privatized response actions under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. He has represented the principal PRPs at two of the largest MCP cleanups ever performed. He has represented numerous industrial and institutional clients in defense of federal and state environmental enforcement actions initiated pursuant to federal and state air, water, wastewater, hazardous waste management and wetlands laws.

Experience

  • A multinational electricity and gas utility company - Advice on the investigation and cleanup of one of the world’s largest former coking, MGP and coal tar processing facilities in Everett, MA, including settlement of Natural Resource Damage claims.
  • Wellesley College - Advice on all aspects of the investigation and remediation of the former Henry Wood’s Sons Paint Factory site, as well as advice on a broad range of environmental compliance and land-use matters affecting campus operations.
  • Town of Westwood, MA - Represented in connection with the permitting of the 4.5 million square foot mixed-use Westwood Station Project.
  • Stauffer Management Company - Represent this affiliate of a major pharmaceutical company in connection with all aspects of the investigation and cleanup of the Industriplex Superfund Site, including settlement of one of the largest NRD claims ever asserted in Massachusetts, and exploration of opportunities to develop solar generating facilities on unmarketable portions of the site.
  • Individual clients - Advice and permitting activities related to adaptation to sea level rise threatening unique assets on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Metalor Inc. - Represented in settlement of wastewater discharge enforcement action that threatened continued operations of precious metal refinery.
  • The TJX Companies. - Advice on the permitting and development of expansions to headquarters facilities, the development of distribution centers, and acquisition of new real estate assets.

Awards

  • Legal 500  (2013-2014)
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2014)
  • The International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers (2013)
  • PLC Which Lawyer? (2012)
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (2012)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2013)

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, “CERCLA, Property Damage and Personal Injury Claims Demystified,” Knowledge Congress (July 23, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Legal Lightning Round: 3 Critical Legal Decisions in Real Estate," The Global Real Estate Forum, MIT Center for Real Estate (April 20, 2012)
  • Speaker, IMN In-House Counsel Forum, NYC (October 2011)
  • Speaker, Environmental Business Council Forum on PCBs (May 2010)
  • Speaker, Manufactured Gas Plant Conference (September 2008)