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
February 21, 2017 - EPA’s Proposed “Reset” of TSCA Chemical Inventory Requires Identification of “Active” and “Inactive” Chemicals and Confirmation of Confidentiality Claims
Environmental and Energy Law Client Alert
August 15, 2015 - Environmental Client Alert
Update on Rulemaking Status of Emergency (Backup) Generators – Emergency Demand Response For Up to 100 Hours Per Year Remains in Effect Until At Least May 1, 2016.