Jonathan, a former Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Environmental Tort Litigation, represents corporate clients in complex environmental litigation and allocation matters concerning a wide-array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act (RCRA); Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990; and various state environmental statutes. He defends environmental claims, handles allocation matters and initiates contribution actions for cost recovery associated with remediation of Superfund and other pollution sites involving polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), hydrocarbons, benzene, lead, and various other chemicals and heavy metals. In recent years, Jonathan has developed a particular strength in handling matters involving product pipeline releases and hydrocarbon contamination of soil and groundwater stemming from historical oil refinery and/or petrochemical operations.
From 2008 to 2012, Jonathan handled several high-profile toxic tort cases during his service as Trial Attorney with DOJ’s Civil Division in Washington, D.C., receiving two Special Commendations from the Deputy Attorney General for his roles in successfully defending the United States in the In re: FEMA Formaldehyde Litigation MDL action in New Orleans and in a large crop overspray case in Idaho. After leaving the public sector, Jonathan continued to build his toxic tort repertoire. He has successfully defended injury and property damage claims involving exposures to lead, mold, asbestos, formaldehyde, herbicides, and other hazardous substances and heavy metals.
Environmental matters may involve toxic tort components and vice-versa. Jonathan uses his broad experience in both areas to strategically represent his clients’ legal and business interests. He has represented major corporations, privately-held companies, public agencies, and individuals in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including in the Southern District of Illinois where Jonathan served two years as a federal law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson.