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1835 Market Street - Suite 1400
PA 19103
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Douglas F. Schleicher

Partner | Environmental | Litigation | Real Estate and Finance


Doug's practice covers a full range of environmental and land use topics, including Brownfields redevelopment, regulatory matters in air, water, solid waste and storage tanks, sustainability, renewable energy projects and mold investigation and remediation. He also has spent substantial time on internal investigations, forensic audits and follow-up actions in a variety of subject areas. Doug represents a diverse client base including Fortune 50 industrial corporations, municipalities, 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. He has considerable experience in guiding emergency response actions.



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


Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee,  Center for Jewish Life, Princeton University

President,  Foundation of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia

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

Co-chair, Nominating and Leadership Committee,  Tiferet Bet Israel Synagogue

Chairman, Endowment Committee,  Tiferet Bet Israel Synagogue

Past President,  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


Speeches and Publications

"Strategies for Successfully Addressing Pennsylvania Remediation Issues in Real Estate and Corporate Transactions," accredited CLE presentation, January 16, 2019

Presentation at the Philadelphia Section, American Industrial Hygiene Association, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- Practical Guidance for Working with Lawyers (and Clients) on Projects," September 25, 2018

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

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

"Toxic Mold Litigation," chapter author, 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

    Transactional and Brownfields Redevelopment

  • 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 national chain in acquisition, leasing and development of environmentally impaired properties;
  • Representation of a national residential real estate developer in acquisition and development of environmentally-impacted properties;
  • Environmental counsel for publishing company in sale, leasing and management of business assets; and
  • Representation of various shopping malls in environmental aspects of acquisition, lease and financing work.


  • Counsel to client defending against penalty assessment from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Representation of client remediating Superfund site in interactions with the EPA, other PRPs and interested parties;
  • Counsel to manufacturing company in RCRA compliance obligations;
  • Counsel to a manufacturing company concerning air emissions matters and interactions with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Representation of Pennsylvania municipal authority in interactions with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concerning Act 101 requirements;
  • Representation of clients in obtaining regulatory approvals for riparian developments, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State permits and riverbed leases; and
  • Representation of client in successful response to EPA inquiry and potential penalty claim under FIFRA.

    Sustainability and Renewable Energy

  • Representation of 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 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.

    Internal Investigation

  • Co-author of forensic audit and report for The Harrisburg Authority regarding accumulation of more than $300 million in debt related to the Harrisburg municipal incinerator; and
  • Various subpoena responses, internal investigations and follow-up actions for clients on multiple different projects.


  • 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.