Representative Clients:

  • Michelin North America, Inc. 

  • AIG Insurance​

  • Gerald California, LLC

  • National Post Office Collaborate

  • Gateway Center Associates

  • Hexagon Metrology

  • T&A Products, Inc.

  • Unicorr/Connecticut Container Corp.

A History of Accomplishment

Practicing law since 1971, Mr. Trilling has dealt with legal issues from the perspectives of industry, government, and the environmental interest community. As an attorney for the United States Justice Department, he supervised the federal government's team of lawyers in the successful litigation concerning cleanup of the infamous "Love Canal" hazardous waste site in Western New York State. (See: Canal.) As well as representing business entities, Mr. Trilling has also provided legal services for environmental groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Audubon Society. These engagements have served him well in representing businesses and other organization in engagements adverse to such groups. Immediately before founding Trill-EnviroLaw, Mr. Trilling served as the partner in charge of the environmental law practice in the Connecticut based corporate law firm Wiggin and Dana LLP. Prior to Wiggin and Dana he served as a partner in the environmental law practice of Pennsylvania corporate firm Pepper Hamilton LLP.  Mr. Trilling received his B.A. from the honors program in English at U.C.L.A., his J.D. from Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California, Berkeley, and also undertook post law-schoolstudy at the Anderson School of Management at U.C.L.A.

References provided upon request

Barry Trilling, Managing Member of Trill-EnviroLaw, briefing business group on recent legislative developments

Cross-Disciplinary Experience to Meet the Most Difficult Challenges

Representative Engagements

Environmental Legal Challenges to Business Operations Comprise a Kaleidescope of differing issues.With broad experience, compiled over more than 40 years, Trill-EnviroLaw can quickly detect, identify, and devise solutions to complex problems.  Barry Trilling's cross-disciplinary experience includes the inter-action of environmental law with industrial and commercial regulatory compliance, commercial real estate development, land use, historic preservation, business formation, innovative technology, corporate disclosure, insurance, estates and trusts, borrowing and lending, officer/director liability, government relations, affordable housing, climate change, clean energy, and tax incentive policy.

Matters that range from the routine to the extraordinary from the tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars, Mr. Trilling's work experience includes the following:

Transactional:  Oversight and environmental legal services on purchase-sale-financing of environmentally challenged properties (e.g., negotiation and consummation of $290 million transaction concerning development of medical research center)

Due Diligence: Legal supervision of environmental diligence in corporate and real estate transactions (e.g.,$160 million acquisition by major regional hospital of competitive institution)

Pertinent Litigation and Dispute Resolution:

  • Lead attorney for U.S. Department of Justice in landmark litigation concerning Love Canal hazardous waste disaster in western N.Y. state.
  • Lead or co-lead counsel on several occasions for groups of Potentially Responsible Parties in complex Superfund cost recovery actions (e.g., Industrial Solventsand Chemical Co. site in York, PA, see Adhesives Research v. American Inks & Coatings, 931 F.Supp. 1231 (1996) United States District Court, M.D.Pennsylvania)​​.
  • Represented Fortune 500 consumer products company in defending against multi-million dollar claim for cleanup costs by successor owner of its property.
  • US District Court litigation concerning National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and historic preservation compliance concerning closure and disposition of historic postal property.


  • 12MM+ cleanup of former tire manufacturing facility inMassachusetts required under Massachusetts Contingency Plan and federalToxic Substances Control Act.
  • Provide legal oversight of Connecticut Transfer Act cleanup of various former industrial facilities.
  • Guidance to clients on federal and state Air, Water, and Waste permit application, modification, and compliance.

Government Relations:  Prepared legislative analysis and Congressional testimony on Superfund reform proposals for national real estate trade association; drafted innocent purchaser protections for property transfer law amendments enacted in Connecticut.

Our Qualifications

Economical Staffing and Use of Available Technology Level the Playing Field

With only one principal member, Trill-EnviroLaw is indeed lean. When more than one person is needed to service a client's needs, however, we have access to a broad network of experienced practitioners on our core issues, other specialists on such issues as land use, real estate, and construction law, and to the resources of much larger firms when the issues expand beyond our core competencies.  We also rely on the best of modern technology to provide clients with prompt, productive, and efficient representation.