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Environmental Regulation 2015: Hot Topics, Regulatory Developments, and Practical Guidance for Corporate Compliance

Author(s): Duke K. McCall, III, Philip E. Karmel
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, Environmental, Real Estate
Published: Jun 2015
PLI Item #: 57209
CHB Spine #: N632

Philip E. Karmel is a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, a law firm with 27 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.  His litigation practice includes environmental and real estate litigation, land use matters arising under environmental review statutes and zoning laws, and the defense of toxic tort actions.  He has tried a number of cases in federal and state courts and before administrative law judges and arbitrators and has briefed or argued motions or appeals in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.  He also counsels clients on environmental matters, including environmental impact statements, environmental permitting, environmental compliance, investigations by governmental agencies, the redevelopment of brownfield properties, environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, and issues arising under the Clean Air Act and federal and state superfund and oil spill statutes.  He has served as counsel for major energy, transportation and real estate development projects.

He has published articles and book chapters on environmental litigation, offshore wind power, toxic torts, director and officer liability, fine particulate matter, cross-state air pollution, lead paint, asbestos, risk assessment, oil spill liability, consumer protection statutes, preemption, arbitration, natural resource damages, the tax assessment of contaminated properties and environmental impact review.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and serves as a long-time columnist of the newsletter published by the Air Quality Committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.  He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has served as a member of its Committee on Environmental Law.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Karmel clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and thereafter served for five years as a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., where he received the Department’s Special Achievement Award for sustained superior performance of duty.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and holds an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is listed in BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA; CHAMBERS USA; and SUPER LAWYERS.  In 2005, he received the Scale of Justice Award from MFY Legal Services, Inc. for pro bono work.  In 2013, he received the New York County Lawyers Association’s Boris Kostelanetz President’s Medal in recognition of “distinguished service to the legal profession.”

Duke McCall is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  He represents clients in contribution and cost recovery actions, enforcement proceedings, citizen suits, toxic tort litigation, and regulatory matters, including actions brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and analogous state laws.  He also assists clients with related matters such as the pursuit of insurance coverage for environmental liabilities.

Mr. McCall frequently speaks and writes on environmental law matters, is the author of the Clean Water Act Handbook and the Clean Water Act chapter of the Environmental Law Handbook published by Bernan Press, served on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Environmental Law360.  He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Sections of Environment, Energy, and Resources and Litigation.

Mr. McCall earned his J.D. in 1993 from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in 1990 from Furman University.  He clerked for the Honorable William W. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.  He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.