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Adam is the deputy practice group leader of the firm’s Environmental Health and Safety (“EHS”) practice, which has over 30 lawyers located throughout the US and in Europe. He is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues, developed from his over 25 years of experience as an EPA enforcement attorney, general counsel with an international manufacturing company, and lawyer with King & Spalding. Chambers recognizes him for his strength in defending civil and criminal enforcement matters describing him as "excellent in all aspects" of environmental practice. Adam has managed environmental matters in all media — from water, to air, to waste issues. He has particular expertise in handling matters involving emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”). Adam was the lead attorney in one of the first major regulatory matters involving PFAS contamination of a municipal wastewater treatment plant, including the investigation and characterization of a three-county area in Northern Alabama impacted by biosolids from the plant.

Adam is also the leader of the Firm’s EHS Emergency Response team, which is part of the Firm’s broader Crisis Management practice. Adam has led the response and investigation of catastrophic accidents, fires, explosions, and spills, and crisis management matters such as criminal and civil inspections and investigations. In the last several years, he has helped clients recover over $2B in insurance proceeds to aid in rebuilding after experiencing an EHS-related crisis. Many of Adam’s matters have involved defending clients in government investigations following an EHS crisis such as investigations by the Chemical Safety Board (“CSB”), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and numerous state and local regulatory agencies.

A published author and frequent speaker on environmental compliance and enforcement issues, Adam has been recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA. He has also been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine. Adam was named a 2020 Daily Report Georgia Trailblazer for his work in crisis management.

Before entering private practice, Adam was an Associate Regional Counsel with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Southeastern Regional Office, and Vice President and General Counsel of a manufacturing and services subsidiary of Axel Johnson, Inc.

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Credentials

J.D., Vermont Law School, cum laude

M.S.E.L., Vermont Law School, magna cum laude

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, cum laude

Alabama

District of Columbia

Georgia

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Wisconsin

Listed as a leading Environmental lawyer in Georgia


CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, 2011–PRESENT

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014–Present

Named a Georgia Rising Star in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2013

Listed in Environmental Law and Litigation


Best Lawyers, 2013–Present

Named a Georgia Trailblazer in Incident Response


DAILY REPORT, 2020

Member – Environmental Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2011–2016

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Recognition

Listed as a leading Environmental lawyer in Georgia


CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, 2011–PRESENT

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014–Present

Named a Georgia Rising Star in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2013

Listed in Environmental Law and Litigation


Best Lawyers, 2013–Present

Named a Georgia Trailblazer in Incident Response


DAILY REPORT, 2020

Member – Environmental Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2011–2016

Matters

Representative EHS Matters
Counsel to a Fortune 100 company defending a criminal and civil enforcement action involving EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (“RRP”) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), resulting in the largest ever settlement in a TSCA enforcement case by EPA.

National counsel to one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, providing counsel to the company on environmental matters throughout the country, such as stormwater and wetlands compliance under the Clean Water Act, environmental management systems, self-disclosure of environmental violations, natural resources, and endangered species.

Representing a major international manufacturer in a national industrial storm water enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and several states initially involving over 400 manufacturing locations.

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Matters

Representative EHS Matters
Counsel to a Fortune 100 company defending a criminal and civil enforcement action involving EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (“RRP”) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), resulting in the largest ever settlement in a TSCA enforcement case by EPA.

National counsel to one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, providing counsel to the company on environmental matters throughout the country, such as stormwater and wetlands compliance under the Clean Water Act, environmental management systems, self-disclosure of environmental violations, natural resources, and endangered species.

Representing a major international manufacturer in a national industrial storm water enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and several states initially involving over 400 manufacturing locations.

Representing a major international manufacturer in Clean Water Act enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and the State of New York involving allegations that the company violated its NPDES permit at a large cement plant.

Representing a transportation company in defense of a criminal enforcement action in the Southeast involving allegation by EPA, DOJ and the United States Attorney’s Office that the company was involved in intentional illegal disposal of wastewater.

Representing a large global corporation in response to an inquiry by a utility regarding the discharge of PFAS into the utility’s wastewater treatment plant resulting from the use and release of aqueous film forming foam (“AFFF”).

Counseling a major international manufacturer in responding to new PFAS legislation in states such as Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, and New York which is impacting its manufacturing operations and product sales.

Representing a Fortune 100 company in addressing historical contamination including polychlorinated biphenyls with EPA and a state agency, and complex allocation issues with the other potentially responsible parties, involving a former major manufacturing site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”).

Counsel to a large municipal government in defense of a pending civil enforcement action by the EPA, a state agency and local environmental group alleging Clean Water Act violations regarding its wastewater system (sanitary sewer overflows) and its municipal separate storm sewer system (“MS4”).

Representative EHS Crisis Management Matters
Representing an international energy company in response to an explosion and fire in June 2022 resulting in substantial damage to its liquified natural gas exporting facility in Texas, including helping to lead the company’s root cause investigation and respond to regulatory inquires by CSB, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, (“PHMSA”), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).

Representing an international energy company in response to an explosion and fire in April 2022 resulting in the total loss of a natural gas production facility in the Southwestern U.S.

Representing a large international chemical manufacturer in the southern U.S. in response to chemical release in November 2020 resulting in a fatality, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the CSB, State OSHA, and State environmental agencies, among others.

Representing a paper manufacturing company in the northeast U.S. in response to a catastrophic explosion in April 2020, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the State and Federal OSHA, State and Federal environmental agencies, CSB, and State Boiler Inspector, among others.

Representing a chemical manufacturer in Houston, Texas, in response to an industrial accident resulting in a fatality in February 2020, including defending investigations by OSHA and EPA and defending the company in resulting litigation by third parties.

Representing a paper manufacturing company in the northeast U.S. in response to a catastrophic fire in January 2019, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the National Response Team of ATF, State and Federal OSHA, and State and Federal environmental agencies, among others.

Representing a large international chemical manufacturer in the southern US in response to an explosion in September 2017 at its largest U.S. manufacturing facility, including leading the incident response, internal investigation, and defense of regulatory inquiries by the State and Federal OSHA, State and Federal environmental agencies, CSB, ATF, among others.

Matters

Representative EHS Matters
Counsel to a Fortune 100 company defending a criminal and civil enforcement action involving EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (“RRP”) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), resulting in the largest ever settlement in a TSCA enforcement case by EPA.

National counsel to one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, providing counsel to the company on environmental matters throughout the country, such as stormwater and wetlands compliance under the Clean Water Act, environmental management systems, self-disclosure of environmental violations, natural resources, and endangered species.

Representing a major international manufacturer in a national industrial storm water enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and several states initially involving over 400 manufacturing locations.

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Matters

Representative EHS Matters
Counsel to a Fortune 100 company defending a criminal and civil enforcement action involving EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (“RRP”) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), resulting in the largest ever settlement in a TSCA enforcement case by EPA.

National counsel to one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, providing counsel to the company on environmental matters throughout the country, such as stormwater and wetlands compliance under the Clean Water Act, environmental management systems, self-disclosure of environmental violations, natural resources, and endangered species.

Representing a major international manufacturer in a national industrial storm water enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and several states initially involving over 400 manufacturing locations.

Representing a major international manufacturer in Clean Water Act enforcement action by EPA headquarters, the DOJ and the State of New York involving allegations that the company violated its NPDES permit at a large cement plant.

Representing a transportation company in defense of a criminal enforcement action in the Southeast involving allegation by EPA, DOJ and the United States Attorney’s Office that the company was involved in intentional illegal disposal of wastewater.

Representing a large global corporation in response to an inquiry by a utility regarding the discharge of PFAS into the utility’s wastewater treatment plant resulting from the use and release of aqueous film forming foam (“AFFF”).

Counseling a major international manufacturer in responding to new PFAS legislation in states such as Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, and New York which is impacting its manufacturing operations and product sales.

Representing a Fortune 100 company in addressing historical contamination including polychlorinated biphenyls with EPA and a state agency, and complex allocation issues with the other potentially responsible parties, involving a former major manufacturing site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”).

Counsel to a large municipal government in defense of a pending civil enforcement action by the EPA, a state agency and local environmental group alleging Clean Water Act violations regarding its wastewater system (sanitary sewer overflows) and its municipal separate storm sewer system (“MS4”).

Representative EHS Crisis Management Matters
Representing an international energy company in response to an explosion and fire in June 2022 resulting in substantial damage to its liquified natural gas exporting facility in Texas, including helping to lead the company’s root cause investigation and respond to regulatory inquires by CSB, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, (“PHMSA”), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).

Representing an international energy company in response to an explosion and fire in April 2022 resulting in the total loss of a natural gas production facility in the Southwestern U.S.

Representing a large international chemical manufacturer in the southern U.S. in response to chemical release in November 2020 resulting in a fatality, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the CSB, State OSHA, and State environmental agencies, among others.

Representing a paper manufacturing company in the northeast U.S. in response to a catastrophic explosion in April 2020, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the State and Federal OSHA, State and Federal environmental agencies, CSB, and State Boiler Inspector, among others.

Representing a chemical manufacturer in Houston, Texas, in response to an industrial accident resulting in a fatality in February 2020, including defending investigations by OSHA and EPA and defending the company in resulting litigation by third parties.

Representing a paper manufacturing company in the northeast U.S. in response to a catastrophic fire in January 2019, including the incident response, internal investigation, and responding to regulatory inquiries by the National Response Team of ATF, State and Federal OSHA, and State and Federal environmental agencies, among others.

Representing a large international chemical manufacturer in the southern US in response to an explosion in September 2017 at its largest U.S. manufacturing facility, including leading the incident response, internal investigation, and defense of regulatory inquiries by the State and Federal OSHA, State and Federal environmental agencies, CSB, ATF, among others.

Credentials

J.D., Vermont Law School, cum laude

M.S.E.L., Vermont Law School, magna cum laude

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, cum laude

Alabama

District of Columbia

Georgia

Texas

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Wisconsin

Listed as a leading Environmental lawyer in Georgia


CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, 2011–PRESENT

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014–Present

Named a Georgia Rising Star in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2013

Listed in Environmental Law and Litigation


Best Lawyers, 2013–Present

Named a Georgia Trailblazer in Incident Response


DAILY REPORT, 2020

Member – Environmental Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2011–2016

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Recognition

Listed as a leading Environmental lawyer in Georgia


CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, 2011–PRESENT

Named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014–Present

Named a Georgia Rising Star in Environmental Law


Georgia Super Lawyers, 2011–2013

Listed in Environmental Law and Litigation


Best Lawyers, 2013–Present

Named a Georgia Trailblazer in Incident Response


DAILY REPORT, 2020

Member – Environmental Editorial Advisory Board


Law360, 2011–2016