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Douglas F. Schleicher

Partner | Environmental | Litigation


Douglas Schleicher's practice covers a full range of environmental areas, including Brownfields redevelopment, regulatory matters in air, water, solid waste, storage tank and other areas, sustainability and renewable energy projects and mold investigation and remediation.  He represents a diverse client base including Fortune 50 industrial corporations, real estate developers and lenders, small manufacturing businesses and individuals.  He works closely with regulatory agencies, engages in transactional matters and appears in court and before other tribunals for litigation matters.  He has considerable experience in guiding emergency response actions, and in internal investigations.



University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1985)

Princeton University, A.B. (1981)



New Jersey

United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Past Chair and Member,  Board of Directors, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia

Vice President and Member,  Board of Directors, Tiferet Bet Israel Synagogue

Member,  American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Member,  Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Environmental, Mineral & Natural Resources Law

Member,  Philadelphia Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee

Member,  New Jersey Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section



"Current Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," accredited CLE presentation by Douglas F. Schleicher and Gregory G. Gosfield, January 18, 2012

Author, "The Split Incentive Problem: Not Yet Resolved in Existing Model Green Leases," The Legal Intelligencer, May 4, 2010

Chapter Author, Toxic Mold Litigation, 2nd Edition, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2009

"Facility Owners, Operators Rev Up to Comply With Motor Vehicle Idling Act," The Legal Intelligencer, February 4, 2009  

"Environmental Business Risks and Insurance Solutions," PBI Program, May 2005

"Strategies & Opportunities in Brownfields Development," ULI Seminar, May 2004

Mr. Schleicher's recent representative engagements include:

Transactional and Brownfields Redevelopment

  • Environmental counsel for a large real estate office fund in the acquisition and management of office buildings and corporate centers, including the acquisition of a multi-state, multi-property office portfolio;
  • Counsel to the municipal authority of a major Pennsylvania municipality on matters including the sale of a resource recovery facility and landfill, and acquisition of assets and assumption of control over water and sewer operations for the area;
  • Representation of a national chain in acquisition and leasing of environmentally impaired properties; and
  • Representation of a major residential real estate developer in its Pennsylvania projects, including acquisition and development of former industrial property for new townhomes.


  • Counsel to a manufacturing company concerning air emissions matters and interactions with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Counsel to national industrial company in regulated water discharge matters in New Jersey;
  • Counsel to small business in permitting and development of transfer station in Pennsylvania;
  • Representation of Pennsylvania municipal authority in interactions with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concerning Act 101 requirements;
  • Counsel to client storing regulated substances in obtaining zoning approvals;
  • Represented clients in obtaining regulatory approvals for riparian developments, including Army Corps and State permits and riverbed leases; and
  • Represented client in successful response to EPA inquiry and potential penalty claim under FIFRA.

Sustainability and Renewable Energy

  • Representation of a client in establishing fund to own, install and operate solar power systems in the region;
  • Counsel for various clients in review, analysis and negotiation of power purchase agreements and leases; and
  • Representation of a client in purchase and sale of renewable energy company.

Mold and Indoor Air Quality

  • Representation of national student housing developer in mold response matters, including emergency and follow-up response to water pipe rupture, and remediation and response to faulty construction;
  • Counsel to office developer in responding to mold concerns of tenant university and its internal environmental management team;
  • Representation of owner of hotel on New Jersey coast in lawsuit against tenant for failure to maintain building leading to significant mold damage; and
  • Counsel to apartment complex owner in emergency condemnation litigation arising from mold in units in Mid-Atlantic United States, and in sale of facility.


  • Representation of real estate developer in recouping all remediation costs and loss of development profits due to faulty report from environmental consultant relating to underground storage tanks;
  • Representation of manufacturing company in obtaining recovery against insurance carrier under cleanup cost-cap policy; and
  • Representation of successful litigant in cost recovery claim relating to federal RCRA site in New Jersey resulting in multi-million dollar settlement.

Internal Investigation

  • Conducted forensic audit and co-authored report for The Harrisburg Authority regarding accumulation of more than $300 million in debt related to the Harrisburg municipal incinerator.