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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Rasco Klock Reininger Perez Esquenazi Vigil and Nieto has acquired one of the most highly-regarded environmental lawyers in Florida, Matthew Coglianese, who joins its boutique litigation practice as a partner.
As part of his environmental law practice, Coglianese has broad experience with a wide range of federal and state enforcement matters, focusing on CERCLA, RCRA and air and water quality, as well as state and local environmental matters, including mold and toxic tort litigation. Coglianese also brings significant employment law experience focusing on litigating employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other employment-related cases before federal and state courts.
Before entering the private practice of law, Coglianese served as an assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta. As senior attorney with a major Los Angeles-based petroleum company, he was responsible for managing numerous Superfund and state hazardous waste sites throughout the country.
Coglianese has written extensively on environmental law topics. His work has been published in journals and books and he is currently writing an article on potential natural resource damages related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also lectures frequently on environmental topics.
Coglianese is the recipient of The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for the 11th Judicial Circuit (2005) and the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award (2005). Coglianese is AV Peer Review Rated and is a member of the American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association (chair, Environmental Law Committee, Dade County Bar, 1995-1996), Florida Bar (member, Section on Environmental Law) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Coglianese received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island, his Ph.D. in Biology from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and California.
Founded in 1985, Rasco Klock Reininger Perez Esquenazi Vigil & Nieto has become one of South Florida's premier law firms with 18 attorneys and 30 staff members, servicing the needs of domestic and international clients. For more information, visit www.rascoklock.com