Chris provides firm clients with a seasoned perspective on government relations, environmental and regulatory issues, as well as a unique understanding of both state and federal environmental law enforcement agencies.
Chris has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field including six years as Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and four years as chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section. While Director of Ohio EPA, Chris was a two-term elected president of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), a national organization of all of the directors of state environmental agencies. In this role, he served as the primary liaison between the U.S. EPA and the states.
This experience gives Chris a unique understanding of both state and federal environmental regulatory agencies, and allows him to provide firm clients with a seasoned perspective on environmental and regulatory matters as well as government relations issues. Chris has represented businesses and individuals in enforcement proceeding by both U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA; he has counseled clients on regulatory compliance issues related to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and both hazardous and solid waste issues under RCRA and he has counseled clients on brownfield redevelopment projects. He has served as an expert witness for a brownfield developer in a dispute over a multi-million dollar redevelopment.
Chris is currently the chair of the Board of the Greater Ohio Policy Center and is the former chair of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter. He is also a senior member of the board of directors of the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS). In the past Chris has served as chairman of the Lake Erie Commission, as a governor-appointed member of the Great Lakes Commission, as a member of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, the Ohio Water Development Authority, and the State Power Siting Board. Chris was an original member of the Clean Ohio Council. He has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Corporate Counsel’s 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law. Chris is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations and has been recognized as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA and leader in his environmental law by Best Lawyers in America.