Scott is Chair of the Environmental Law and Toxic Tort Group, a position he has held since 1998. He also practices in the Oil & Natural Gas, Pipeline and Oil/Gas Infrastructure, and Food & Beverage Groups where he provides experience environmental counsel to clients in those industry-based groups.
Scott is a lawyer based in Harrisburg, PA who focuses his practice entirely in the environmental law and toxic tort areas, and counsels business and industrial clients in all aspects of environmental law compliance. The scope of Scott’s practice includes compliance counseling, permitting, and compliance auditing under all regulatory programs, including water, waste, air, wetlands and encroachments, storage tanks, surface mining, and oil and gas exploration, production, and transportation.
Scott has extensive experience in the remediation and reuse of environmentally impacted properties. He works with business and real estate/land use attorneys on counseling regarding the environmental implications of business and real estate transactions, and land use matters ranging from storm water and wetlands to alleged health implications of proposed development.
Scott is also a skilled trial attorney, and he litigates before state and federal courts and administrative hearing boards on matters ranging from compliance actions to private actions for property damage. He also regularly defends clients in toxic tort actions alleging personal injury or wrongful death as a result of environmental exposure
Scott is part of the Oil and Gas Group and brings his 20-plus years of experience to that industry. Within that industry, he has worked on projects as wide-ranging as permitting facilities for reclamation of flowback and production water, using mine-impacted water for makeup water well completion, linear project permitting, wetland and streambank restoration banking, storm water permitting, air permitting, and endangered and threatened species issues.
Scott serves as the environmental law member of the Food Industry Group. He represents a large swath of food industry clients ranging from vegetable and fruit processing, to meat and poultry processing, to concentrated animal feeding operations. He has extensive experience in the management of food processing waste and wastewater, as well as water supply issues.
He has longstanding relationships with regulators at the local, state, regional, and federal levels, and is regularly engaged in matters relating to river basin commissions.
Scott lectures regularly on behalf of various organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and often serves as the course planner for key legal seminars.
Provided legal counsel and guidance in large water reuse project that allows treated wastewater to be used for sanitary water, racetrack conditioning, and landscape irrigation.
Successfully challenged and overturned PADEP denial of a 70-acre solid waste landfill and recycling facility, and eventually obtained permits resulting in over $100 million of landfill air space.
Negotiated general permit for reclamation and reuse of flowback from unconventional natural gas drilling and completion.
Provided legal counsel on dozens of remediation projects, including remediation of solvents, petroleum, and chromium at several large industrial and former industrial sites.
Successfully defended benzene exposure toxic tort matter involving 1000+ plaintiffs and two class actions.
Co-editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Environmental Law & Pracetice” Treatise, 8th Edition.
Old Dominion University, B.S., 1988
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1991, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Justinian Honorary Law Society
The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, 2006-present
Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” Environmental Law 2010, Environmental Litigation 2010
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, Environmental Law Section, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Local Legal Leader – Harrisburg Magazine, 2015-present
Select Lawyers, 2014-present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources Section
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Representative member
Dauphin County Chamber of Business and Industry, Representative member
Board Member – Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Center (2006-2015)
Various Committees – Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, PA
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
October 19, 2017 - Pennsylvania Fails to Timely Reissue General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities – After December 7, 2017, Individual NPDES Permits Will Be Required For New Projects
McNees Environmental & Real Estate Development Alert
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