Experience

Reduced Sentence on Appeal in First-of-its-Kind Clean Air Act Violation

Handled the first criminal case in Nevada in which someone was prosecuted for violation of the Clean Air Act following a building implosion that released asbestos into the air. The client was given a misdemeanor sentence on appeal. 

Defended Company Performing Cleanup at Superfund Site

Defended company who performed $28 million environmental cleanup of PCBs, asbestos and TCE at Superfund site, formerly used for automotive manufacturing, under Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent. The site is located in a residential area and will be transformed into a recreational facility.

Multimillion-Dollar Environmental Litigation for Fortune 150 Company

Representation of Fortune 150 petroleum and pipeline corporation in third-party multimillion-dollar environmental litigation arising out of operation of petroleum refinery in Illinois. Claims involve assessment of damages and assignment of third-party liability under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and Illinois Contribution Act.

Representation of Global Chemical Company Executives in Criminal Investigation

Represented several senior employees of a global chemical company in a criminal investigation involving alleged violations of environmental laws.

Defended Publicly Traded Company in Cleanup of VOCs, Lead

Represented publicly traded company performing environmental cleanup of VOCs and lead under the Unilateral Administrative Order at a wildlife refugee in Illinois that was a WWII ordnance plant.

Risk Transfer for Two Former Coal-Fired Power Plants

Represented the risk transfer buyer of two former coal-fired power plants and negotiated the collateral package with insurers.

Successful Outcome in Cases Related to Misinterpretation, Misapplication of Lockout/Tagout Standard

Defended numerous employers in cases in which OSHA was persuaded that it misinterpreted or misapplied the lockout/tagout standard.

Trial and Appellate Representation of National Home Builder in Contract, Environmental Disputes

Represented a national home builder in contract and environmental disputes at both trial and appellate levels.

Environmental Risk for Portfolio of Manufacturing Sites

Represented a party that accepted the environmental risk for a seven-site portfolio of manufacturing sites in the United States and Germany.

No Negligence in MSHA Fatality

Persuaded MSHA to make a determination of no negligence in a mine fatality in which an employee became pinned inside a piece of equipment.

Citations Vacated for Client in Fatality Involving Construction Crane

Defended company in an OSHA evidentiary hearing involving a fatality on a crane.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge vacated all citations.

Reduced Penalties for Dairy Farm in Fatalities Following OSHA SVEP Placement

Defended dairy farm in two separate fatality cases that resulted in repeat OSHA citations and placement on OSHA SVEP.  At conclusion of negotiation, company was removed from SVEP and penalties were cut by 75 percent.

No Willful Violations for Publicly Traded Company

Defended publicly traded company in a two-week OSHA evidentiary hearing involving multiple alleged willful violations at a meat plant.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge determined there were no willful violations.

No Prosecution for Client in Multiple Fatality Case Referred to the U.S. Attorney

Defended a company in a multiple fatality case that resulted in an OSHA referral to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution. After meeting with the U.S. Attorney, no prosecution resulted. 

No Willful Violations in Case Involving Availability of Rescue Boat

Defended company in OSHA evidentiary hearing involving facility and availability of rescue boat. The Administrative Law Judge determined violation was not willful.

Superfund Site Involving PCB Contamination

Represented a steering committee responsible for resolving a Superfund site involving PCB contamination.

Environmental Risk Transfer for Mining Site

Represented the seller of a mining/Superfund site designed to shift all environmental risk for Superfund work to the buyer.

Multimillion-Dollar Settlement for Publicly Traded Railroad Facing Environmental Claims

Obtained multimillion-dollar settlement for a publicly traded railroad in environmental claims involving diesel fuel and PCB spills, and numerous signal battery disposal sites against predecessor in interest.

Favorable Result for Company Cited in Violation of OSHA Silica PEL

Defended company that received citation alleging exceedance of OSHA’s silica PEL.  Convinced OSHA the sample results were invalid, resulting in withdrawal of citation.

Six Citations Vacated for Electrical Equipment Manufacturer

Defended manufacturer of electrical equipment in OSHA evidentiary hearing where issues all involved possible electrocution hazards associated with high voltage equipment.  The Administrative Law Judge vacated all six citations that were issued.

Defended Magnesium Recycler in EPA Cost Recovery Action

Defended magnesium recycler in EPA cost recovery action in Pennsylvania including negotiating consent decree and private party allocation.

Successfully Resolved Matter for Company in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Defended company placed in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) involving combustible dust explosion and serious injuries. The case was settled with no willful violations and the company was removed from SVEP.

No Negligence in MSHA Mine Fatality

Persuaded MSHA to make a determination of no negligence in a mine fatality in which the employee was struck by equipment being hoisted.

Representation of Manufacturing Company in Soil and Groundwater Cleanups

Represented manufacturing company in soil and multi-plume groundwater cleanups of PCBs and solvents in Missouri. Persuaded EPA to pursue separate source of groundwater contamination. Site is located in close proximity to drinking water wellfield. 

Sale of Superfund Site

Counseled a mining company through the rare sale of a federal Superfund site, an 1,800-acre former cobalt mine. This included securing a collateralized walk-away indemnity for the client, handling the real estate components and assisting with the relationship with another responsible party for the cleanup during the transaction.

Secured Withdrawal of OSHA Citations for Manufacturing Client

Defended company that received two willful citations under OSHA lead standard when manufacturing with leaded brass.  OSHA withdrew both willful citations.

Secured Withdrawal of OSHA Citations Relating to Hexavalent Chrome Standard

Defended company that received 14 citations under OSHA's hexavalent chrome standard, including alleged exceedance of PEL. OSHA withdrew 12 of 14 citations.

Represented International Bank Energy Lending Division in Oil and Gas Exploration Claims

Represented international bank energy lending division, operators and landowners in litigation of claims arising from oil and gas exploration, production and transportation, including injury, property damage, environmental and other regulatory violations.

Citations Vacated for Client in OSHA Evidentiary Hearing

Defended company in OSHA evidentiary hearing in which company asserted that installation of wood trusses constituted steel erection. Administrative Law Judge agreed and vacated the citations.