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Steve practices in all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on counseling and litigation representation on air emission issues.  He routinely counsels clients on air permitting issues, including state installation and operation permits, New Source Review, Title V, New Source Performance Standards, and hazardous pollutant MACT standards.  In addition, he counsels clients on solid and hazardous waste management, and RCRA corrective action.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Successful defense of a glass manufacturing plant in a U.S. EPA New Source Review enforcement action based on BACT determinations and interpretation of condensible particulate matter requirements.

Successful defense of a paper mill in a U.S. EPA New Source Review enforcement action based on technical and engineering analyses that demonstrated increased emissions were not associated with any physical changes.

Successful defense of an integrated steel mill in a U.S. EPA New Source Review enforcement action, based on a detailed netting analysis and a determination of the applicability of NSR exemptions.

Obtained the reversal, through a seven day hearing before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, of a board of health’s multiple denials of operating licenses for a solid waste facility, which was affirmed on appeal.

Conducted environmental audits of numerous facilities, including a food processing facility, an aluminum foundry, a glass finishing facility, and a nine-day comprehensive audit of a major manufacturing facility.

Conducted a compliance audit requiring evaluation of state air permitting requirements for 39 states.

Convinced U.S. EPA to forgo RCRA corrective action at steel finishing facility due to lack of statutory authority.

Counseled companies on compliance with cap-and-trade program requirements, including program applicability determinations, initial allocation of emission allowances and credits, quality assurance/quality control monitoring obligations, and sufficiency of data reporting.

Assisted clients in remediation obligations pursuant to purchase agreements, closure plans, and consent orders.

Defense of numerous private and governmental CERCLA cost recovery actions regarding landfills, foundries, mining sites and waste disposal sites.

Education

Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1996
University of Cincinnati Law Review, 1994-1996

Undergraduate School

Indiana University, B.A., 1993
Certificate of Environmental Studies, 1993

Bar Membership

Steve is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 1996

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®  2006-2011

Chambers USA, Natural Resources & Environment, 2008-2018

The Best Lawyers in America© for Environmental Law 2010-2019, Litigation – Environmental, 2014-2019

The Best Lawyers in America©  Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Environmental Law

Law360’s Top Ten Environmental Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, 2010

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, Chair

Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee

Air and Waste Management Association