Chuck Becker offers his clients critical, strategic legal advice that protects against costly litigation from governments, class actions, or individuals. Environmental regulation means that anyone owning or leasing real estate could find themselves in litigation. Chuck is a multidisciplinary problem solver with more than 30 years' practice experience, primarily in the areas of environmental law, real estate, land use and trial law.
Environmental Law and Litigation
Chuck regularly represents parties in environmental matters, including major corporations, developers, environmental groups, municipalities and individuals. Among other representation, he has acted as lead environmental counsel on two nationally significant environmental matters: a class action air emission case (“Freeman et al vs. GPC”); and a Clean Water Act case affecting farmers (Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines vs. Sac County Board of Supervisors et al).
Chuck provides legal counseling to corporations on regulatory compliance, air and water permits, site cleanups, land use, floodplain development, green development, archeological compliance, and other environmental issues. Chuck is regularly involved in administrative actions and litigation involving all of the following areas: environmental cleanup and superfund, hazardous waste spills, civil enforcement actions, underground storage tank cleanup, Clean Water and Clean Air Act cases, environmental permits, administrative rulemaking and land use/zoning litigation.
Chuck advises corporate clients on environmental regulations and permit requirements in all aspects of business, including manufacturing, real estate, construction, and development. His areas of practice include environmental investigations and due diligence; the purchase, sale, and leasing of contaminated properties; defense of class actions for environmental claims; storm water discharge permitting; permits under Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and other federal and state environmental laws; lending issues and lender liability; regulatory compliance; UST and AST permits; closures and cleanups; zoning and land use planning; impact fee litigation; wetlands mitigation; archeological reviews; environmental audits; and financial reporting.
Chuck regularly negotiates on behalf of corporations with governmental agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the State Historical Preservation Office, municipalities, counties, and state pollution control agencies. Chuck assists clients with federal and state regulations regarding NPDES permitting, air quality, hazardous and solid waste, water and wetlands, land use, land development/zoning; floodplain regulation and archeological issues.
Chuck’s practice has included advising clients regarding varied aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition and sales, challenges to municipal regulation and impact fees, subdivision platting, and condominium and townhome developments. His clients include developers, lenders, landlords, tenants and other business entities that become involved in real estate transactions in connection with the operation of their businesses or because of environmental issues.
Following graduation from the University of Iowa College of Law, Chuck served as a judicial clerk to Justice Clay LeGrand of the Iowa Supreme Court (1979-80) and Judge Donald E. O’Brien of the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa (1980-82). Chuck and his wife have three adult children.