Jerry’s entire career has been built around environmental and chemical science, including his accomplished legal practice.
Initially, as an undergraduate chemistry major in college, he was the top student in his class and recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Award. After graduation, he spent five years as an environmental research chemist at Monsanto. There, he developed industrial hygiene/waste stream analytical methods and implemented industrial hygiene/sampling programs at Monsanto plants in the U.S. and Brazil. He now puts that knowledge and experience to work as a member of Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, where he’s worked since graduating from law school in 1990.
For his clients, Jerry handles toxic tort and product liability cases, environmental cost recovery and environmental insurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation matters. He has defended numerous chemical companies in federal and state courts throughout the country in alleged chemical exposure claims in workplace or products cases involving acids, bases, solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), vinyl chloride, radioactive material, electrical and microelectronics chemicals, pesticides and insecticides, benzene, lead, and aluminum. He has represented clients in alleged personal injury, medical monitoring, trespass, nuisance, stigma and diminution in property damage claims from release of these chemicals in the workplace and/or environment.
His experience includes:
In addition, Jerry manages environmental actions nationwide, providing defense for owner-operators, arrangers and generators facing potential liability under the federal Superfund hazardous-waste legislation and its state counterparts. He also has represented Fortune 500 companies at more than 100 state and federal environmental sites at all stages, including administrative proceedings and cost-recovery actions; and represented chemical companies in environmental pollution insurance coverage against numerous insurance companies resulting in recoveries in excess of $250 million.