New York partners Philip Karmel and Jim Altman will present at the Practising Law Institute’s seminar "Environmental Regulation 2012: Hot Topics, Commercial Implications and Management Strategies," on March 29, 2012. The full-day seminar will be held in PLI’s conference facility in New York City, and will also be available by webcast.

Karmel, who is co-chairing the program, will provide the opening remarks to the program and present on climate change and Clean Air Act regulatory developments.

Altman will present on ethical limits on discussing client-confidential information with the client’s other professionals.

Topics covered by the distinguished panel of other speakers include: practical aspects of managing compliance, environmental due diligence and drafting environmental provisions for business and real estate transactions, brownfields, water quality, hydrofracking and vapor intrusion, and environmental disclosure and enforcement.

At Bryan Cave, Karmel’s litigation practice includes environmental and real estate litigation; land use matters arising under environmental review statutes and zoning laws; and the defense of toxic tort actions. He has tried many cases in federal and state courts and before administrative law judges and arbitrators. Karmel also counsels clients on environmental matters, including issues arising under the Clean Air Act, brownfields redevelopment, the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, insurance coverage, environmental impact review and environmental permitting.

At Bryan Cave, Altman has successfully tried cases and arbitrations and argued appeals in a wide variety of civil cases across the country. He has developed a deep understanding of the professional obligations of lawyers as the result of his chairmanship of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Professionalism, his tenure on the professional ethics committees of that association and of the city bar, his teaching as an adjunct professor at the Brooklyn Law School and his regular columns on ethics for the New York Law Journal. Altman often is consulted by lawyers for his ethical advice and opinions about lawyers’ professional obligations and liabilities and has served as an expert witness on such issues.

Program registration and further information is available from the PLI web site here.