George H. Buermann

George H. Buermann

Partner

Practice Groups

George Buermann defends clients across the country in complex environmental and toxic tort  matters. George’s experience handling environmental disputes is extensive, and he offers clients in-depth knowledge of the state and federal regulations governing such disputes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and others. He also litigates matters involving exposure to chemicals and substances such as lead, asbestos, mold, and benzene. In addition to handling adversarial matters, George helps clients avoid litigation by providing strategic advice regarding environmental compliance and strategy. His experience also includes handling first-party property insurance coverage disputes involving losses to commercial and residential property; construction losses and construction defects; insurance fraud; and torts involving commercial property.

A small sampling of George's success includes:

  • Achieved on behalf of dry cleaning machine manufacturer dismissal of complaint involving allegations of defective design of first generation transfer machines and successfully defended against causal link between exposure to dry cleaning solvent, perchloroethylene (PERC) and alleged disease;
  • Obtained dozens of dismissals on behalf of international and domestic manufacturers involving allegations of toxic exposure to products ranging from forklifts, commercial paint products, marine motors, to railway cars;
  • Dismissal of triple wrongful death carbon monoxide poisoning action on behalf of manufacturer of low-torque motors utilized in decedents' heating system;
  • Successfully defended leading manufacturer of underground fuel piping and containment systems against allegations of defective manufacturing and design involving environmental contamination at commercial shopping center's power plant and underground USTs;
  • Obtained dismissal of New York Navigation Law cause of action on behalf of regional remediation company involving allegations of exacerbation of oil contamination during cleanup and remedial operations; and
  • Dismissal of action on behalf of gasoline station / property owner involving allegations of groundwater contamination to New York municipality's water supply, and upheld by the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division.
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2001
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1997
Presentations/Publications
  • Presenter, "Environmental Cost Recovery Actions – Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid," Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Webinar Series, April 21, 2017
  • Presenter, “Tips for Success and Pitfalls to Avoid in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions,” Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “Environmental Spill Litigation in New York and New Jersey,” Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Forecasting Rough Waters on the Horizon: EPA Overreach and the Clean Water Act,” Mealey’s Pollution Liability Report, November 2016
  • Presenter,  “Identifying, Avoiding, Mitigating, and Insuring Environmental Risk in Construction," CLM Southwest Conference, Dallas, TX, November 3, 2016
  • Presenter, “EPA — Impacts arising out of the Clean Water Act , The Clean Water Rule, and The Potential Ripple Effect From The Chesapeake Bay TMDL,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Hydraulic Fracturing – Emerging Regulatory & Litigation Issues and Trends,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter,  “Roughwaters on the Horizon — EPA Overreach Involving the Clean Water Act," Webinar, September 30, 2016