Environmental and Natural Resources

It is no secret that many environmental issues or disputes take a long time to resolve. Engaging in a structured mediation process that helps keep the focus on the interests and issues underlying an environmental dispute can dramatically increase efficiencies.


Chris is especially passionate about working on water, natural resource, and land use issues. Indeed, both his legal experience and education have focused heavily on these areas. Chris is a respectful, expert listener, with a knack for moving folks along with party generated proposals that crystallize the issues, interests, and potential solutions.


While it is the parties, and not the mediator, that must drive the solution process, the wealth of experience and educational background Chris has in environmental matters allows him to be especially deft at mediating in this area.


Environmental disputes are uniquely suited to benefit from mediation:

Unencumbered by the constraints and remedy limitations of the legal system, parties mediating an environmental dispute are free to delve deeply into the issues at hand and jointly explore creative solutions that might never be available in the courts.

The collaborative nature of mediation typically improves working relationships and communication among everyone involved.

Critical long-term certainty issues such as defining working relationships, creating communication protocols, allocating cost sharing, and agreeing to enforcement and future dispute and remedy provisions can be addressed.

The issues underlying environmental disputes are better suited for resolution through mediation and collaboration than the formalities of the court system allow for.

Often courts are unable or reticent to weigh in on and decide scientific or other technical matters, choosing instead to orer injunctive or remand remedies that simply instruct some, or all, of the parties to revisit their decision-making process and its outcome.

Similarly, mediation and collaboration allows the parties to address more issues and complexities than the legal system can, will, or is qualified to do.

Mediation is typically less expensive than litigation, with the spending that does occur being more directly focused on the relevant substantive and procedural issues than they would be in the court process.


Contact Leahy Mediation to explore the efficiencies and other benefits of mediation and how it might assist you in effectively resolving your water, environmental, natural resource, and land use issues.


Fees and Expenses:

Fees are charged on a straight-time basis (at $135 per hour) for all time spent during the actual mediation sessions and outside of the sessions.


Leahy Mediation & Dispute Resolution, LLC

does not provide legal counsel.

Please understand that a mediator does not provide legal advice. It is strongly recommended that parties to mediation have their own legal counsel who can be consulted for advice and review of any potential agreements.