Rick practices in the Environmental Law Group.
He practices environmental counseling and litigation with a focus on environmental compliance and permitting matters, business and real estate transactions, the Clean Air Act, Superfund and cost recovery, toxic tort defense, Brownfields and land use, above and underground storage tanks, right-to-know compliance, 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.
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.
Events / Speaking Engagements
Memberships and Affiliations
- Unified Bar of District of Columbia
- Pennsylvania Chamber of Business, Environmental Affairs Committee
- Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors
- Envision Capital Region, Steering Committee
- Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Board member
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Environmental Law Forum faculty member
- The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2004, 2005, 2006
University of Maryland, B.A., 1974
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1977
District of Columbia, 1978