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Godfrey & Kahn Welcomes New Environmental Attorney

February 2, 2022

Godfrey & Kahn welcomes William J. Nelson to its Environment & Energy Strategies team. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Nelson served as the lead attorney for the WDNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program, including providing strategic counsel to the WDNR in response to the State of Wisconsin’s growing concern related to PFAS and the impact on the WDNR’s critical Voluntary Liability Exemption Program, or VPLE.

Nelson joins Godfrey & Kahn Shareholder, Ned Witte in the practice. In 2020, the Biden-Harris Agency Review Team for the United States Environmental Protection Agency to consult on PFAS issues reached out to Witte to provide advice on the incoming EPA’s regulatory management of PFAS based on his recognized experience in the area. More recently, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) invited Witte to serve as a member of the newly formed WDNR PFAS Policy Advisory Group.

Godfrey & Kahn’s Environmental Practice Group has broad, nationally recognized experience in counseling clients concerning PFAS and other emerging contaminants. Our attorneys represent clients with interests in numerous PFAS sites in Wisconsin and other states, including at disposal sites, manufacturing sites and locations where PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) has been discharged.

Godfrey & Kahn’s PFAS team is prepared to assist clients meet the challenges that PFAS present. Please contact a member of the Environmental and Energy Strategies Team for further information.

About Godfrey & Kahn

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. was founded in 1957 and has more than 170 attorneys located in offices throughout Wisconsin and in Washington, D.C. As a leading Wisconsin business law firm, Godfrey & Kahn provides a wide range of legal services to businesses and their owners, including guidance on corporate, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, digital business, tax and estate planning matters. Visit or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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