“Seeger Weiss is happy with the work we have achieved on necessary circumstances involving environmental hurt comparable to representing the Metropolis of New York towards the most important contributors to the local weather disaster and shoppers defrauded by the Dieselgate scandal,” stated cofounding companion Christopher A. Seeger. “Now, with Matt’s assist, we count on to take this work to a brand new stage. We’re excited to go after the businesses who’ve profited by harming the environment.”
“Seeger Weiss is a nationwide chief in holding companies accountable for his or her misdeeds. I am honored to be becoming a member of such a prestigious group of legal professionals devoted to righting wrongs and excited to assist Seeger Weiss construct an environmental follow that may make polluters pay,” stated Pawa.
Pawa will be part of Seeger Weiss as a companion and function chair of the brand new follow. He brings with him his skilled litigation staff, counsel Benjamin A. Krass and Wesley Kelman. All might be based mostly in Seeger Weiss’s new Boston-area workplace. Seeger Weiss’s new environmental follow group will characterize state and native governments in addition to people in a variety of environmental circumstances involving pure useful resource damages, poisonous air pollution of air, water and land, and the local weather disaster.
Pawa is a pioneer in the usage of tort theories towards polluters, together with the local weather change circumstances American Electrical Energy Co. v. Connecticut and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp. He was named Massachusetts Lawyer of the 12 months in 2013 for his work representing the State of New Hampshire in a groundwater contamination case coping with the gasoline additive MTBE that resulted in over $100 million in pre-trial settlements with among the nation’s largest oil corporations and a $236 million verdict towards Exxon Mobil Company—the biggest verdict in New Hampshire historical past. Pawa holds a J.D. from the College of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Cornell College.
A seasoned litigator, Krass labored on almost each facet of the milestone New Hampshire groundwater case, in addition to on the landmark world warming circumstances American Electrical Energy Co. v. Connecticut and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp. He’s a graduate of Canisius School and Boston School Legislation Faculty.
Kelman practiced environmental legislation on the Environmental Safety Company earlier than happening to work with Pawa on key early world warming circumstances in addition to the New Hampshire groundwater case. He clerked for the Honorable Warren W. Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court docket in addition to the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court docket of Appeals, Second Circuit. Kelman is a graduate of the College of Chicago and Yale Legislation Faculty.
Pawa, Krass, and Kelman be part of Seeger Weiss from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. Earlier than 2017, the three had been part of the Pawa Legislation Group P.C., which Pawa based in 2001.
“Seeger Weiss has partnered with Hagens Berman on many circumstances,” stated Seeger. “They’re a superb agency on the prime of their recreation, and we hope to proceed to work collectively on necessary environmental litigation, amongst different circumstances during which individuals are damage and need assistance. We’re on this battle collectively.”
One of many nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ legislation corporations, Seeger Weiss is finest recognized for multidistrict mass torts and sophistication actions in each state and federal courtroom. From places of work in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now Massachusetts, the agency has represented over 10,000 people, corporations, and governments throughout the U.S. who’ve been critically injured or defrauded. Since its founding in 1999, it has led lots of the most complicated and high-profile circumstances within the nation: the Nationwide Prescription Opiate Litigation, which the Washington Publish known as “the largest federal court case in U.S. history“; 3M Fight Arms Earplug Merchandise Legal responsibility Litigation, which the Minneapolis Star Tribune known as “one of the largest mass torts ever“; the continued “Dieselgate” scandal; the sprawling multistate litigation on behalf of survivors of kid sexual abuse; and the history-making Soccer League Gamers’ Concussion Harm Litigation.
SOURCE Seeger Weiss LLP