The Environmental Practice Group (EPG) at Frost Brown Todd has outstanding depth and breadth in providing a broad range of services to a broad range of clients. The EPG serves as litigation counsel, defends civil and criminal enforcement actions, prosecutes administrative appeals, counsels clients on regulatory matters, conducts audits and internal investigations, and provides environmental representation on real estate and corporate transactions.
Our clients range from heavy industrial operations, such as electric utilities, petroleum refiners, automobile manufacturers, chemical producers and iron and steel manufacturers, to hospitals and other healthcare providers, to a broad range of municipalities, to commercial real estate developers and construction companies. Many of our lawyers hail from the very industries they now represent. With varied engineering, science and technical backgrounds, including environmental chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, biology and physiology, we provide clients with an advantage in solving even the most demanding environmental issues.
Our environmental team consists of 18 attorneys with a focus on environmental law and regulation. Our team also includes an Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Professional, who was a former EH&S Manager with a large chemical manufacturer. The EPG includes former legal counsel to state environmental agencies in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The EPG’s knowledge of federal and state environmental laws and regulations, along with a strong knowledge of regulatory nuance and process, have helped to counsel and guide clients through numerous compliance and regulatory battles. We also work side-by-side with attorneys in our other practice groups depending on the needs of our client.
EPG attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® for many years. The EPG has also been highlighted in Chambers USA for their litigation, regulatory compliance and transactional experience.
- Defense of challenged permits and alleged regulatory violations.
- Defense of government civil and criminal enforcement actions, citizen suits and toxic tort claims in federal and state court.
- Appeals of unilateral government orders and unfavorable permit decisions or denials.
- Administrative appeals before environmental agencies and boards.
- Prosecution and defense of environmental liability claims.
- Guidance through the complex maze of federal, state and local regulations.
- EH&S auditing.
- Environmental permitting and reporting.
- Developing environmental management programs.
- Negotiations with regulatory authorities.
- Commenting on and challenging legislative and rulemaking actions.
- Overseeing and structuring site investigations and cleanups.
- Overseeing site assessments and compliance audits, and evaluating and negotiating insurance options.
- Analyzing the implications of environmental laws and regulations on business transactions and structuring solutions that seek to maximize opportunities and minimize exposure.
- Negotiating agreements for complex real estate and corporate transactions.
- Performing and/or managing environmental due diligence, including corporate-wide compliance audits and compliance plan development.
- Structuring "Brownfields" transactions and financing.
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- 31 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers and 14 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars for 2017
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- 168 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Appointed Chair of ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System
- Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA®
- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Named Chairman of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees
- 33 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 11 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2016
- 51 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 18 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2016
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- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III elected to National Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court
- 65 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA®
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- Phil Schworer of Frost Brown Todd Honored Among United Way’s 100 Community Heroes
- Governor Beshear reappoints Bill Robinson to the Kentucky Development Partnership Board
- 37 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® for 2015
- 50 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 20 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2015
- Major Win for Ohio River Bridges Project
- 63 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA®
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- Local Attorney Elected as Bar’s Energy and Environmental Law Section Chairman
- Lawsuit Dismissed for Ohio River Bridges Project
- Dennis Conniff Appointed as Chair of ABA Section Committee
- 67 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Chambers USA®
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- William D. Hayes Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Environmental Law Group
- 57 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2011 Chambers USA®
- 41 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 14 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2011
- 15 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized as 2011 “Lawyers of the Year”
- Frost Brown Todd's Indianapolis Litigation Practice Recognized as "Highly Recommended Local Litigation Firm"
- 54 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2010 Chambers USA
- Frost Brown Todd Attorney, Steven Wesloh, Recognized as a Top 10 Environmental Attorney Under 40 Nationwide by Law360
- Environmental Attorney Frank J. Reed, Jr. Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus Office
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- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacates EPA’s PM2.5 attainment redesignation for the Cincinnati-Hamilton metropolitan area
- Sixth Circuit Issues Important Clean Water Act Permit Shield Decision
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- EPA Approves Kentucky’s New Science-Based Selenium Water Quality Standard
- EPA Increases Civil Monetary Penalties
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- Recent case reminds lenders of the risks in managing a workout of an environmentally distressed property
- Ohio Supreme Court Decides When a Local Board of Health Rules a License Application is not Complete, the Landfill Cannot Appeal that Decision
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“This broad practice [Frost Brown Todd Environmental Group – Cincinnati] continues to grow, with a recent hire adding further air expertise to its formidable capabilities in water, utilities and mining. The firm is especially active in defending enforcement actions by state and federal environmental protection agencies, while the ongoing shale oil and gas boom has brought in much waste-water work. The group also advises on the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions.”
~ Chambers and Partners (Ranked Band 1)
“[Frost Brown Todd Environmental Group – Kentucky] has long been recognized for its prowess in the sector. The team has leading expertise in the energy and environmental spaces, undertaking litigation, regulatory matters and related real estate and corporate transactional issues. The department acts for clients from a range of industries, including manufacturers, utilities, municipalities and real estate developers. The group also comes highly recommended for its expertise in the mining sector. Sources say: "I feel comfortable recommending this extremely impressive environmental team frequently."’
~ Chambers and Partners (Ranked Band 1)