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 states and the U.S. EPA.
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 in a number of cases, including for a brownfield developer in a dispute over a multi-million-dollar redevelopment.
Chris is routinely recognized as one of "America's Leading Lawyers" by Chambers USA, most recently in 2019 in the area of Natural Resources & Environment. He also is selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2012-2020) in the area of Environmental Law.
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 former board chair and member 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.
Chris is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations.
Honors & Recognitions
Chambers USA, Natural Resources & Environment, 2006-2019
The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Law, 2012-2020
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
Corporate Counsel’s "Top-Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law," 2012
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1979
Professional & Community
Professional & Community
Greater Ohio Policy Center, former board chair and member
Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), senior member of the board of directors
Ohio Bar Association, member
Columbus Bar Association, member
Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter, former chair of the board of trustees
Lake Erie Commission, past chairman
Great Lakes Commission, former governor-appointed member
Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, former member
Ohio Water Development Authority, former member
State Power Siting Board, former member
Clean Ohio Council, original member (former)
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