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Frost Brown Todd LLC - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Greatly experienced and well thought of practice acting for clients on a broad range of issues relating to environmental law. Possesses a strong stable of talented attorneys representing clients in civil and criminal enforcement actions, and regulatory compliance audits and investigations. Particularly sought after for its counsel on CERCLA and CWA matters. Also noted for its environmental counsel on real estate and corporate transactions. Acts for a distinguished roster of state, national and international clients, including heavy industry corporations, healthcare providers and municipalities.

Strengths One client reports: "They have been very attentive. They stay on top of matters and follow up on questions in a timely manner."

Another client highlights the team's strong reputation in the environmental law space: "The quality of their legal work and the level of credibility and respect is invaluable and gets us further along in negotiations."

Work highlights Advised Lightstone Generation in connection with environmental issues relating to its $2.2 billion acquisition of four power plants in Ohio and Indiana from AEP. The team advised on environmental compliance and handled the transfer of permits.

Continued to defend the General Cable Company in defense of CERCLA and New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act claims relating to a marine recycling site in New Jersey where it formerly operated a wire manufacturing plant.

Notable practitioners

The "top-notch" William Hayes is a highly regarded environmental lawyer with expertise in CAA matters and environmental issues pertaining to the automotive industry. Sources name him as "an excellent air lawyer" and "a solid expert in air regulation issues."

Stephen Haughey focuses his practice on the representation of government entities and industrial companies in connection with wastewater and storm water regulations. He is also noted for his handling of Superfund matters.

Kevin McMurray is the chair of firm's environmental practice group. His practice is focused on environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. One client notes that he is "well in tune with what the laws are and how to respond to them." Another commentator reports that he "understands business and what is required to achieve long-term goals."

Stephen Samuels is a highly experienced environmental trial lawyer with expertise in compliance and enforcement proceedings, as well as environmental and natural resources permitting matters. Sources say that he is "a dynamic lawyer who does great work."

Steven Wesloh focuses his practice on air quality matters, including compliance counseling and enforcement defense. He regularly acts on behalf of clients in the steel and iron industries. Sources say: "He has the ability to quickly understand an environmental problem, construct solutions and give good advice."

Andrea Salimbene is a highly rated younger partner with a burgeoning reputation in this space. She is developing a strong environmental regulatory practice, advising client in CWA matters, water treatment issues and the regulation of hazardous and solid waste.

Thaddeus Driscoll is a highly rated associate who is noted for his assistance of manufacturers in connection with the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, as well as enforcement actions and environmental litigation. Interviewees attest that he is "a fine young lawyer" who is "very attentive to making sure that all the multiple parts and pieces of a case are attended to."

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McMahon DeGulis LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique with expertise covering the full range of environmental law. Possesses particular strength in wastewater and brownfield matters, as well as integrated planning work related to the CWA. Also noted for its permitting, compliance and enforcement counsel on air pollution issues. Represents significant municipal and private clients across Ohio as advisory and litigation counsel.

Work highlights Successfully represented the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in litigation concerning allegations that the dredging of Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River violated the CWA.

Advised the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in connection with the implementation and modification of its $3 billion Consent Degree program.

Notable practitioners

Gregory DeGulis is a noted environmental lawyer with a broad litigation practice that covers areas such as environmental insurance claims, wetland disputes and cases of damage to natural resources. He is praised by one commentator for being an "excellent lawyer and a good environmental litigator."

Louis McMahon is a noted environmental attorney with particular strength in matters pertaining to the CWA. Sources say that he is "very intelligent, diligent and a good communicator."

David Nash offers a broad environmental law practice encompassing matters such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance, litigation, and environmental due diligence for business and real estate transactions.

Michael McMahon has experience counseling clients on a range of environmental issues, including RCRA and CAA matters. He also handles environmental enforcement defense, and works with manufacturers to develop environmental management systems.

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Squire Patton Boggs - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Eminent practice representing large national and international clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to environmental law. Possesses expertise in compliance and litigation including defense of governmental enforcement actions and class action toxic tort defense. Excels in matters relating to site remediation, brownfield redevelopment and land use approvals. Represents clients from a variety of industries including mining, chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining and transportation.

Strengths One hugely impressed client reports: "It is the best firm out there. When you have an issue that you must address, they address it quickly and efficiently."

Another source confirms that "Squire Patton Boggs is a really good firm - they are very professional and knowledgeable in their advice."

Work highlights Represented Murray Energy in challenges to EPA's regulations regarding coal and oil power plants, including its Clean Power Plan and carbon regulations.

Acted for the Association of Ohio Metropolitan Wastewater Agencies in negotiations with Ohio EPA regarding the development of legislation to regulate limits for water pollution and other water quality initiatives.

Notable practitioners

Douglas McWilliams offers a wide-ranging environmental practice with a focus on permitting and enforcement matters in the air quality space. Impressed clients compliment his "knowledge and connections" and note that he "understands both the business and the regulatory aspects."

Karen Winters is considered to be a "smart and responsive" lawyer with "terrific insight into different areas of environmental law and regulatory action." She is particularly focused on large-scale liability and compliance issues, as well as the defense of regulatory enforcement actions. Winters heads up the firm's environment, safety and health practice group.

Vincent Atriano regularly represents clients in environmental litigation, including toxic tort class actions, government enforcement actions and citizen claims. He has experience in CERCLA, CAA, CWA and RCRA issues. A client reports: "Vincent is probably the most focused and targeted litigation attorney I know. He gets to the point with his advice and he executes on his strategy like no other."

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Thompson Hine LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A premier practice with expertise across all aspects of environmental law. Represents large, well-known clients across the Midwest and nationally in matters such as environmental remediation, brownfield redevelopment, regulatory compliance and permitting, and general environmental litigation. Possesses particular strengths at the intersection of environmental matters and product liability law, and additionally noted for its counsel on OSHA compliance. Also has notable experience in shale energy and climate change-related matters.

Work highlights Represented Stanley Black & Decker in connection with the Lower Passaic River Superfund matter, a New Jersey cleanup site involving several billion dollars' worth of claims. The team acted in defense of a state action against a number of dioxin dischargers, as well as handling settlement negotiations with EPA.

Acted for ICI Americas in defense of a California state court case relating to alleged groundwater contamination in the Orange County Water District.

Notable practitioners

The hugely experienced Michael Hardy handles a wide array of environmental law matters, including toxic tort litigation, compliance counseling and enforcement defense, as part of a broader practice that also encompasses product liability litigation. He has long been recognized as an eminent member of the Ohio Bar.

The "excellent" Wray Blattner is recognized for his excellence in handling state, federal and local enforcement and permitting matters. He offers sector-specific experience pertaining to the utility, paper, rubber and chemicals industries, among others. He heads up the firm's Dayton office.

Noted by one interviewee as a "well-respected lawyer with a diverse practice," Andrew Kolesar is the leader of the firm's environmental practice group. His broad practice covers enforcement defense, compliance counseling, litigation and cleanup matters. Sources note his "sound judgment and advice."

Heidi Friedman has a strong environmental practice counseling clients on enforcement actions, compliance issues and site remediation, among other matters. Sources say that she is a "really good lawyer doing gangbuster work."

Stephen Axtell is an experienced environmental lawyer who advises in connection with a range of enforcement, compliance, permitting and transactional matters. He has notable expertise in respect to chemical regulation, wastewater and OSHA regulations.

Terrence Fay has a longstanding environmental practice, specializing in civil and criminal litigation regarding solid and hazardous waste landfills. Sources say he is "a fine lawyer."

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Thompson Hine's national environmental practice supports clients in environmental matters involving litigation, enforcement defense, regulatory compliance and permitting, environmental remediation, brownfields redevelopment, and corporate and real estate transactions across the United States. We have in-depth experience that spans all facets of environmental regulation.

Our in-depth litigation experience spans claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund Act), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and other federal, state and local land use and environmental statutes.

Lawyers in our group have worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state attorneys general offices. Some have acted as special counsel to the EPA or chaired the environmental sections of their local and state bar associations and committees.

We continue to “write the book” on Ohio environmental law, collaborating with LexisNexis to publish the annual Ohio Environmental Law Practice Manual. The guide serves as the premier and most comprehensive legal reference for Ohio’s environmental and natural resource laws and regulations.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Highly esteemed group focusing on natural resources matters for Ohio-based and national clients and particularly noted for its strengths in the energy and oil and gas industries. Enjoys a fine reputation for its counsel on regulatory matters, permitting and compliance with federal and state law, and possesses significant litigation experience, including disputes concerning gas purchase contracts and drilling and operating agreements. Also well regarded for its counsel on the environmental issues involved in corporate transactions.

Strengths Sources say: "They are all very experienced, incredibly strong in their fields of practice and are terrific at coming up with out-of-the-box solutions."

Work highlights Acted for a number of oil and gas companies to bring Ohio Supreme Court challenges to the constitutionality of the state's statutory unitization procedure.

Notable practitioners

The "top-notch" Mark Norman impresses one source with "his intellect, common sense and practical approach." He has a broad environmental practice that covers matters such as compliance counseling and transactional due diligence. He is also an experienced environmental litigator.

Gregory Russell heads up the firm's energy group. He is noted for his work with energy producers and pipeline operators on a range of business and regulatory matters.

Kristin Watt serves as chair of the firm's environmental group. She centers her practice on compliance counseling, enforcement defense, permitting and environmental audits, as well as transactional due diligence. Interviewees consider her to be "an effective advocate and a good lawyer" and note that she has "a high profile in the energy and environmental space."

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Our environmental and natural resources practice offers broad Ohio, regional, and national experience to large corporations, small businesses, real estate development interests, and local governments. We provide a full range of legal services in the environmental area, including representation in regulatory affairs, permitting, compliance with federal and state law, commercial and corporate transactions, legislative initiatives, and litigation. 

Our attorneys have long-term working relationships with federal and Ohio regulatory and enforcement officials and have participated in the development of many aspects of Ohio's environmental regulatory programs. We draw upon the valuable insights we have from counseling and representing our clients as they address environmental issues and develop innovative solutions to environmental problems.

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Bricker & Eckler LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team noted for its strengths in natural resources transactions and regulatory proceedings, acting for a diverse client base that includes manufacturers, developers, municipalities, financial entities and energy companies, among others. Well known for its particular expertise in the pipelines sector, as well as in connection with natural gas power plants and wind farms. Represents clients before government agencies including the Ohio Power Siting Board, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Public Utilities Commission. Further noted for its work in the shale and renewable energy spaces.

Strengths Sources say: "The strength of the firm is that they have very qualified people at the table and a great depth to their bench, so if I have a situation where I require another area of expertise there is a strong likelihood that they have it in their team."

Work highlights Advised Enbridge in connection with the construction of three natural gas pipeline projects in Ohio. Among other matters, the team handled regulatory permitting and litigation, as well as land acquisition.

Acted for Clean Energy Future regarding the construction and operation of a natural gas power plant in Northeast Ohio.

Notable practitioners

Frank Merrill is a highly regarded environmental lawyer whose broad expertise encompasses CWA and CAA matters, hazardous waste issues, Superfunds and the environmental aspects of business transactions.

Glenn Krassen is noted for his work in the energy space, handling a range of financing, competitive procurement and contracting issues on behalf of renewable energy producers and utilities.

Matt Warnock has experience advising clients regarding oil and gas transactional matters, litigation and appellate work. He has also resolved disputes relating to mineral rights under the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act. Sources say that he is "a patient, knowledgeable, even-tempered and hard-working" lawyer.

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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Respected practice with great depth of experience in environmental matters. Maintains a fine track record for its counsel in rulemaking proceedings and disputes in state and federal courts. Highly capable in issues concerning tax and economic incentives and the CAA. Represents both domestic and international clients from a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, consumer products, energy and automotive.

Work highlights Represented AIP Logistics against allegations by the State of Ohio that it had breached the safety management provisions of the CAA in its storage and transportation of ethylenediamine.

Defended National Electric Coil against allegations by EPA that it had violated the RCRA and the CAA. The allegations derived from the company's handling of washwater containing concentrations of asbestos and metals during the renovation of a hydroelectric dam in Montana.

Notable practitioners

Robert Brubaker is a distinguished member of the Ohio environmental Bar. He is particularly acknowledged as one of the state's preeminent authorities on air quality matters, with one interviewee describing him as "one of the grandfathers of the Clean Air Act."

Christopher Schraff is widely considered to be among the state's leading environmental attorneys. He offers a broad practice encompassing CERCLA, RCRA and Federal Water Pollution Control Act issues, and is an experienced litigator of both civil and criminal environmental suits.

Robert Schmidt advises in connection with all aspects of environmental law, including air and water quality issues, Superfunds and hazardous waste matters. He also offers high-level expertise in connection with state and federal regulatory enforcement defense.

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Roetzel & Andress, LPA - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well thought of practice representing clients from a range of industries including petroleum and manufacturing. Possesses expertise in civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions, regulatory negotiations and permitting matters, and maintains a fine reputation for its representation of clients before various environmental agencies including EPA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Represents a particularly good choice of counsel for matters pertaining to the CAA.

Strengths Sources consider Roetzel & Andress to be "a solid firm with a very good energy and environment practice."

Notable practitioners

Shane Farolino heads up the firm's environmental, energy and health and safety practice group. He offers a broad practice covering air and water compliance, permitting and civil and criminal environmental litigation. Interviewees consider him to be a "very strong player" in the Ohio market.

Terrence Finn has a strong environmental compliance counseling and litigation practice, including experience in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects. He also represents clients in permitting matters pertaining to the CAA, solid and hazardous waste and wetlands.

About the Team (content provided by Roetzel & Andress, LPA)

The Environmental attorneys at Roetzel are experienced in providing counsel to clients regarding all aspects of Environmental Law. We are able to address the vast array of environmental laws and issues that impact the daily operations of businesses and public entities - from large corporations and small businesses to local governments and individuals.


We have existing working relationships with local, state, and federal regulatory and enforcement agencies. Our attorneys represent clients in administrative, civil, and criminal environmental enforcement matters, permitting proceedings, regulatory negotiations, and rulemaking matters. We practice in numerous state and federal courts, and we handle a wide variety of matters before agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Ohio EPA, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Health.


Our Environmental team consists of attorneys who have practiced almost exclusively in the environmental law area for their entire careers, both as private sector practitioners and as lawyers with the environmental regulatory agencies. Our group includes two attorneys formerly with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Experienced practice with strong capabilities in regulatory intervention, Superfund matters and permitting issues related to the CAA and CWA. Represents clients in industries including petrochemical, automotive and defense. Maintains a fine track record for its work in EPA enforcement proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Michael Born has substantial experience representing electric utilities and manufacturers in connection with regulatory compliance and litigation.

Described by one source as an "excellent trial attorney," Douglas Haynam is noted for his representation of clients in civil and criminal compliance and enforcement matters. He offers recognized experience in connection with CERCLA, the RCRA, the CAA and the CWA.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Excellent practice recognized for its strengths in environmental litigation and regulatory and compliance matters. Areas of expertise include Superfund and brownfield development issues. Routinely sought after for its counsel on issues relating to the CAA, CWA and Toxic Substances Control Act. Excels in toxic and mass tort litigation and also noted for its counsel to both plaintiffs and defendants in cost recovery disputes. Also advises in connection with the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.

Work highlights Acted for around 3,500 plaintiffs to bring an action against DuPont claiming that their exposure to a chemical released by the company into their drinking water had caused serious disease, including two forms of cancer. The claims were settled for a total of $670.7 million.

Provided Bridgestone Americas with nationwide environmental compliance counseling, including matters pertaining to the RCRA, CAA and CWA.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Terp is of counsel at the firm. He handles environmental disputes as part of a broader commercial litigation practice, and also advises in connection with the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions.

Kim Burke maintains a strong practice, representing clients on toxic tort matters, Superfund defense and regulatory enforcement issues. He also has extensive experience acting in administrative proceedings and environmental permits before the state and federal agencies. He is identified by observers as "a top-shelf environmental lawyer."

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Taft’s Environmental attorneys provide clients with focused and practical approaches to the complexities of environmental challenges. Spotting the issues is our specialty; providing common sense and cost-effective solutions is the special value we bring to our clients. Our practice spans civil and criminal law, environmental insurance, toxic tort suits, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, brownfields transactions and financing, sustainability, defense of occupational exposure claims and administrative proceedings. Our relationships with our clients are longstanding, enabling us to anticipate our clients’ needs and to efficiently manage and resolve environmental hurdles associated with their business.

We have served our clients’ environmental legal needs in 42 states across the U.S. We strive to provide our clients with strategic and tactical options to manage risk without breaking the bank, whether it is prying control of a surprise environmental problem from the hands of regulators or negotiating favorable terms in consent agreements and permits to allow business to return to normal.

Our team provides nationally recognized litigation, counseling and dispute resolution services to clients regulated by the alphabet soup of local, state, and federal environmental laws (e.g., CAA, CWA, CERCLA, EPCRA, FIFRA, RCRA, TSCA), as well as emerging issues.

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Van Kley & Walker - Natural Resources & Environment Department

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What the team is known for Notable environmental boutique representing clients across Ohio with particular emphasis on the agricultural sector. Regularly sought after for its expertise in brownfield redevelopment work, hazardous waste matters and compliance audits. Also noted for its counsel on air pollution issues.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Jack Van Kley is a noted environmental litigator with extensive experience in cases pertaining to water and air pollution, hazardous waste and natural resources. He is also noted for his handling of enforcement actions regarding the cleanup and the control of hazardous and radioactive waste and other pollutants.

Christopher Walker advises companies, individuals and public sector bodies in connection with all aspects of environmental law. Areas of particular strength include permitting, compliance and transactional matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Brubaker is a distinguished member of the Ohio environmental Bar. He is particularly acknowledged as one of the state's preeminent authorities on air quality matters, with one interviewee describing him as "one of the grandfathers of the Clean Air Act."

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Senior Statesperson

Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The hugely experienced Michael Hardy handles a wide array of environmental law matters, including toxic tort litigation, compliance counseling and enforcement defense, as part of a broader practice that also encompasses product liability litigation. He has long been recognized as an eminent member of the Ohio Bar.

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Senior Statesperson

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Terp is of counsel at the firm. He handles environmental disputes as part of a broader commercial litigation practice, and also advises in connection with the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions.

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Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Wray Blattner is recognized for his excellence in handling state, federal and local enforcement and permitting matters. He offers sector-specific experience pertaining to the utility, paper, rubber and chemicals industries, among others. He heads up the firm's Dayton office.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kim Burke maintains a strong practice, representing clients on toxic tort matters, Superfund defense and regulatory enforcement issues. He also has extensive experience acting in administrative proceedings and environmental permits before the state and federal agencies. He is identified by observers as "a top-shelf environmental lawyer."

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Roetzel & Andress, LPA

From the Chambers USA guide

Shane Farolino heads up the firm's environmental, energy and health and safety practice group. He offers a broad practice covering air and water compliance, permitting and civil and criminal environmental litigation. Interviewees consider him to be a "very strong player" in the Ohio market.

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Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "top-notch" William Hayes is a highly regarded environmental lawyer with expertise in CAA matters and environmental issues pertaining to the automotive industry. Sources name him as "an excellent air lawyer" and "a solid expert in air regulation issues."

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Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Noted by one interviewee as a "well-respected lawyer with a diverse practice,"Andrew Kolesar is the leader of the firm's environmental practice group. His broad practice covers enforcement defense, compliance counseling, litigation and cleanup matters. Sources note his "sound judgment and advice."

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Christopher Schraff

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Schraff is widely considered to be among the state's leading environmental attorneys. He offers a broad practice encompassing CERCLA, RCRA and Federal Water Pollution Control Act issues, and is an experienced litigator of both civil and criminal environmental suits.

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Gregory J DeGulis

McMahon DeGulis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory DeGulis is a noted environmental lawyer with a broad litigation practice that covers areas such as environmental insurance claims, wetland disputes and cases of damage to natural resources. He is praised by one commentator for being an "excellent lawyer and a good environmental litigator."

^ See whole ranking table

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Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Doran of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter is noted for his handling of a broad range of contentious environmental matters, including enforcement defense and civil litigation. He is particularly noted by interviewees for his expertise in wetlands matters.

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Roetzel & Andress, LPA

From the Chambers USA guide

Terrence Finn has a strong environmental compliance counseling and litigation practice, including experience in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects. He also represents clients in permitting matters pertaining to the CAA, solid and hazardous waste and wetlands.

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Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heidi Friedman has a strong environmental practice counseling clients on enforcement actions, compliance issues and site remediation, among other matters. Sources say that she is a "really good lawyer doing gangbuster work."

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Stephen N Haughey

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Haughey focuses his practice on the representation of government entities and industrial companies in connection with wastewater and storm water regulations. He is also noted for his handling of Superfund matters.

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Christopher Jones

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Jones of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP offers a respected environmental law practice that covers all aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement. Interviewees attest that he offers "a good depth of knowledge" and note that he is "a broad thinker who considers the big picture."

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McMahon DeGulis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Louis McMahon is a noted environmental attorney with particular strength in matters pertaining to the CWA. Sources say that he is "very intelligent, diligent and a good communicator."

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Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin McMurray is the chair of firm's environmental practice group. His practice is focused on environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. One client notes that he is "well in tune with what the laws are and how to respond to them." Another commentator reports that he "understands business and what is required to achieve long-term goals."

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Douglas A McWilliams

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas McWilliams offers a wide-ranging environmental practice with a focus on permitting and enforcement matters in the air quality space. Impressed clients compliment his "knowledge and connections" and note that he "understands both the business and the regulatory aspects."

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Bricker & Eckler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Merrill is a highly regarded environmental lawyer whose broad expertise encompasses CWA and CAA matters, hazardous waste issues, Superfunds and the environmental aspects of business transactions.

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McMahon DeGulis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Nash offers a broad environmental law practice encompassing matters such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance, litigation, and environmental due diligence for business and real estate transactions.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "top-notch"Mark Norman impresses one source with "his intellect, common sense and practical approach." He has a broad environmental practice that covers matters such as compliance counseling and transactional due diligence. He is also an experienced environmental litigator.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Russell heads up the firm's energy group. He is noted for his work with energy producers and pipeline operators on a range of business and regulatory matters.

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Stephen P Samuels

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Samuels is a highly experienced environmental trial lawyer with expertise in compliance and enforcement proceedings, as well as environmental and natural resources permitting matters. Sources say that he is "a dynamic lawyer who does great work."

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Band 2

Van Kley & Walker

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific"Jack Van Kley is a noted environmental litigator with extensive experience in cases pertaining to water and air pollution, hazardous waste and natural resources. He is also noted for his handling of enforcement actions regarding the cleanup and the control of hazardous and radioactive waste and other pollutants.

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Band 2

Christopher A Walker

Van Kley & Walker

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Walker advises companies, individuals and public sector bodies in connection with all aspects of environmental law. Areas of particular strength include permitting, compliance and transactional matters.

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Band 2

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kristin Watt serves as chair of the firm's environmental group. She centers her practice on compliance counseling, enforcement defense, permitting and environmental audits, as well as transactional due diligence. Interviewees consider her to be "an effective advocate and a good lawyer" and note that she has "a high profile in the energy and environmental space."

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Band 2

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Winters is considered to be a "smart and responsive" lawyer with "terrific insight into different areas of environmental law and regulatory action." She is particularly focused on large-scale liability and compliance issues, as well as the defense of regulatory enforcement actions. Winters heads up the firm's environment, safety and health practice group.

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Band 3

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Born has substantial experience representing electric utilities and manufacturers in connection with regulatory compliance and litigation.

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Band 3

Bott Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

April Bott of Bott Law Group regularly represents clients in environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including both state and federal matters. She appears before various environmental agencies such as Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Band 3

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by one source as an "excellent trial attorney,"Douglas Haynam is noted for his representation of clients in civil and criminal compliance and enforcement matters. He offers recognized experience in connection with CERCLA, the RCRA, the CAA and the CWA.

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Band 3

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Hoffman of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is recognized for his handling of civil and criminal environmental litigation. He also advises clients on permitting matters and the environmental implications of real estate and corporate transactions.

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Band 3

Bricker & Eckler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Krassen is noted for his work in the energy space, handling a range of financing, competitive procurement and contracting issues on behalf of renewable energy producers and utilities.

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Band 3

Michael S McMahon

McMahon DeGulis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael McMahon has experience counseling clients on a range of environmental issues, including RCRA and CAA matters. He also handles environmental enforcement defense, and works with manufacturers to develop environmental management systems.

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Band 3

Benesch

From the Chambers USA guide

John Rego of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, is recommended for his work in the environmental litigation space, including Superfund matters, CWA claims and toxic torts. He has extensive experience litigating on behalf of companies in the electrical, metals, petroleum and manufacturing industries.

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Band 3

Robert J Schmidt Jr

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Schmidt advises in connection with all aspects of environmental law, including air and water quality issues, Superfunds and hazardous waste matters. He also offers high-level expertise in connection with state and federal regulatory enforcement defense.

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Band 3

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Wesloh focuses his practice on air quality matters, including compliance counseling and enforcement defense. He regularly acts on behalf of clients in the steel and iron industries. Sources say: "He has the ability to quickly understand an environmental problem, construct solutions and give good advice."

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Band 4

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent Atriano regularly represents clients in environmental litigation, including toxic tort class actions, government enforcement actions and citizen claims. He has experience in CERCLA, CAA, CWA and RCRA issues. A client reports: "Vincent is probably the most focused and targeted litigation attorney I know. He gets to the point with his advice and he executes on his strategy like no other."

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Band 4

Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Axtell is an experienced environmental lawyer who advises in connection with a range of enforcement, compliance, permitting and transactional matters. He has notable expertise in respect to chemical regulation, wastewater and OSHA regulations.

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Band 4

Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Booher of Baker & Hostetler LLP is an environmental litigator with a focus on matters pertaining to the oil and gas, renewable energy, utilities and pipeline industries. Sources describe him as "a very practical attorney with excellent communication skills and advice."

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Band 4

Robert B Casarona

Casarona Legal Services, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Casarona of Casarona Legal Services, LLC is a trial lawyer with a focus on environmental litigation. He also maintains a mediation and arbitration practice, representing clients such as governmental agencies, small businesses and large corporations.

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Band 4

Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terrence Fay has a longstanding environmental practice, specializing in civil and criminal litigation regarding solid and hazardous waste landfills. Sources say he is "a fine lawyer."

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Band 4

Bricker & Eckler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matt Warnock has experience advising clients regarding oil and gas transactional matters, litigation and appellate work. He has also resolved disputes relating to mineral rights under the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act. Sources say that he is "a patient, knowledgeable, even-tempered and hard-working" lawyer.

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Up and Coming

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrea Salimbene is a highly rated younger partner with a burgeoning reputation in this space. She is developing a strong environmental regulatory practice, advising client in CWA matters, water treatment issues and the regulation of hazardous and solid waste.

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Associates to watch

Thaddeus Driscoll

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thaddeus Driscoll is a highly rated associate who is noted for his assistance of manufacturers in connection with the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, as well as enforcement actions and environmental litigation. Interviewees attest that he is "a fine young lawyer" who is "very attentive to making sure that all the multiple parts and pieces of a case are attended to."

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