Rick practices in the Energy & Environmental Law Group. He practices environmental counseling and litigation with a focus on environmental compliance and permitting matters, complex transactions, the Clean Air Act, Superfund and cost recovery, Brownfields and land use, environmental due diligence and environmental management issues.

Rick gained experience as a senior enforcement attorney at the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977-1989. He was responsible for nationwide civil and criminal prosecutions. While at the EPA, Rick also developed and implemented programs to enforce compliance with environmental laws, including matters under the Clean Air Act.

In private practice Rick has expanded his air emissions practice, counseling and defending clients regarding state and federal air compliance and permitting matters.

Rick has been hired by insurance companies to represent groups of defendants in private-party environmental cleanup cost recovery actions. By acting as ‘group’ counsel, common issues can be more efficiently and effectively litigated.

Rick has also worked with insurance companies to structure insurance policies that provide security for cleanup to facilitate the sale of property known to contain significant environmental contamination and to obtain state environmental regulatory acceptance of the insurance policy as a cleanup guaranty sufficient to issue liability releases. These ‘Brownfield’ projects facilitate the reuse of blighted property while ensuring environmental protection.

Since joining private practice in 1989, Rick has represented privately owned businesses, individuals and public entities and advised them in matters affecting state and federal environmental laws. His background has provided him with a unique understanding of clients’ business needs coupled with an intimate working knowledge of environmental law from both government and industry perspectives.

He is a frequent speaker on environmental law topics, including lecturing as a faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) Environmental Law Forum.


State and Federal Superfund Litigation

Permitting appeals at PA Environmental Hearing Board

Enforcement defense at PA Environmental Hearing Board and Commonwealth Court

Compliance auditing and counseling (especially in furniture, ingot, recycling, and specialty chemical industries)

Cost recovery litigation in federal and state courts

Pennsylvania Brownfields site remediation and redevelopment oversight

Counseling and drafting documents related to complex transactions involving commercial and industrial real property

OSHA compliance and auditing for industrial operations

Land development permitting issues (stormwater, wetlands, E&S Controls)

Municipal wastewater compliance and defense of EPA enforcement actions

Waste management compliance and enforcement defense

Industrial hygiene counseling and issues oversight

Air emissions counseling, permitting and enforcement defense

Natural gas leases


University of Maryland, B.A., 1974

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1977


The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, 2006-present

Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2017

Select Lawyers, 2016

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2004, 2005, 2006

Harrisburg Magazine, 2015 Local Legal Leader

Central Penn Business Journal’s Best Lawyers 2015


Unified Bar of District of Columbia

Maryland State Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section (EELS), Council Member 2006-present, Currently Chair

Pennsylvania Bar Association EELS, Chair – Law Student Intern Program

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Environmental Law Forum faculty member

Dauphin County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business, Environmental Affairs Committee

Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Awards Committee


U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

PA Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Bar Admissions



District of Columbia