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Biography

Bill focuses his practice on air quality issues. Since 1991, he has provided his expertise to a wide-range of manufacturing clients regarding plant expansions, processing changes, transactions and enforcement defense in matters brought by local, state and federal environmental agencies. Bill also advises clients on issues related to climate change developments. He has extensive experience with all aspects of the Clean Air Act, including major and minor New Source Review, New Source Performance Standards, Maximum Achievable Control Technology requirements, and Title V Operating permits. Bill has unique experience and insight with regards to compliance counseling in all media to the automobile manufacturing and parts industries.  

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Prior to private practice, served as managing attorney for air and water programs at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency 

Serving as outside environmental counsel for several major corporations, including automotive manufacturing companies, a Tier 1 automotive parts manufacturer, and several foundries.

The enforcement defense of a stone and aggregate company, resulting in the revision of the Federal New Source Performance Standards Rule regulating underground non-metallic mineral processing.

Education

Law School

Capital University Law School, J.D., 1986

Graduate School

Vermont Law School, L.L.M, Environmental Law, 2012

Undergraduate School 

Denison University, B.A., 1983

Bar Membership

Bill is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio, 1986

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, 2001-2019, Litigation – Environmental, 2014 – 2019

The Best Lawyers in America®, Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Litigation – Environmental

The Best Lawyers in America® Cincinnati Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2017

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, Environmental

Chambers USA, Environment, 2004-08; Natural Resources and Environment, 2007-2018

Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law, Cincy Magazine, 2007-18

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Vermont Center for Eco Studies, Board

Ohio River Foundation, Board

Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Committee, Chair 2005-07

Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Committee

American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy and Resources,  Air Quality Committee

University of Cincinnati College of Law, Adjunct Professor

Air and Waste Management Association

Ohio EPA Permit Processing Efficiency Committee, Exemption Threshold Committee, Co-Chair 2004-06

Ohio Clean Air Act Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel, Chair, appointed by Governor Taft (2004) and Governor Strickland (2008)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations 

Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Youth lacrosse and ice hockey coach

Denison University Alumni Hockey Association

Terrace Park Environmental Group, Co-chair

Terrace Park Volunteer Emergency Services Firefighter

Presentations

Bill is invited to speak at the following events:

Speaks frequently in Ohio and nationally on air quality issues that involving the Clean Air Act, including Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Title V operating permits, maximum achievable control technology and enforcement

Major Publications

Bill is an author of the following publications:

“Supreme Court Rejects Climate Change Suit,” Products Finishing Magazine, August 2011

“What the Frack? Separating Fact From Fiction in the Hydraulic Fracturing Debate,” CBA Report, Cincinnati Bar Association, July 2011

“Impacts of the Safe Chemicals Act: Upcoming Changes to TSCA Can Have Significant Impact on Chemical Suppliers and Their Customers,” Process Cleaning Magazine, January/February 2011

“TSCA Overhaul Reform Could Hinder Chemical Development,” Products Finishing Online, 2010

“Toxic Substances Control Act Soon to Make First Team of Environmental Regulation,” Quarterly Report, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Fall 2010

“Proposed Toxic Substances Control Act Reforms: ‘The Crazy Aunt the Family Didn’t Talk About and Tried To Forget,’” Manufacturing and Technology eJournal, September 17, 2010

“New Emission Credit System Gives Lift to Industrial Development,” Leadership Briefing, Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, February 13, 2009

“Paint Rule Primer: New emissions rule gives existing auto-body shops breathing room,” Environmental Protection, March 10, 2008

“Backward Looking Forward, PSD Lookback Case Studies,” Air and Waste Management Association, 2006

“Case-by-Case MACT Determinations Under Clean Air Act Section 112(g),” Air and Waste Management Association, 2005

“Finding the Escape Hatch, Use of the Synthetic Minor Provisions to Avoid Title V Applicability,” Air and Waste Management Association, 2004

He is also a contributing author for publications such as Metal Finishing Magazine and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Firm Committees

Bill serves on the following committee at Frost Brown Todd:

Sustainability Committee, Member