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“I have worked with the firm for many years, and they continue to impress me with their professionalism, efficiency and creative approach to solutions. The experience  … Phil and the entire team brought to this transaction was invaluable to keep the deal on track when a variety of challenges arose.”

Michael T. Coakley, Managing Partner CH Coakley & Co. Inc.

Overview

Phil brings a lifelong interest in environmental issues and a strong science background to his environmental law practice.

Drawing on an undergraduate degree in GeoEnvironmental Engineering and a master’s in Mineral Processing, he puts highly technical knowledge and experience to work for his clients, counseling them on environmental compliance and risk management.

Years working with environmental law have convinced Phil that contending parties can reach a middle-ground “sweet spot” that brings together business interests and environmental objectives, creating a win-win outcome.

He listens carefully to clients to learn what is most important to them and then distills complex environmental regulations into practical solutions. His relationships with technical consultants and state and federal regulators also help clients reach their environmental, natural resource, energy, and sustainability objectives.

Phil advises clients on air permitting, water permitting and hazardous waste, as well as investigation, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated properties. He also brings a wealth of experience in the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.

Phil is a frequent lecturer on environmental and renewable energy topics before environmental professional trade groups and attorneys, including the Federation of Environmental Technologists.

“I have worked with the firm for many years, and they continue to impress me with their professionalism, efficiency and creative approach to solutions. The experience  … Phil and the entire team brought to this transaction was invaluable to keep the deal on track when a variety of challenges arose.”

Michael T. Coakley, Managing Partner CH Coakley & Co. Inc.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • In Business Madison, 40 Under 40 Class of 2014
  • Morris K. Udall Scholar for Environmental Public Policy

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
      • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Symposium Editor
      • St. Thomas More Award for Legal Ethics
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
    • Mineral Processing
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
    • with distinction
    • GeoEnvironmental Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Virtual Learning Committee Chair, 2016-present; 2018 Spring Conference Planning Committee; Air Quality Committee Chair, 2014-2016
  • Federation of Environmental Technologists, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, President, 2015-2018; Secretary, 2013-2015
  • Wisconsin Public Utility Institute
  • Midwest Energy Research Consortium
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Environmental Law Section
  • Dane County Bar Association
Experience

Real Estate and Corporate Transactions

  • Represented family-owned regional bakery in the sale of its assets to a publicly traded company.
  • Represented owners in $12 million sale of 16 Wisconsin cemeteries and a granite monuments business to NYSE-traded company.

Project Siting, Permitting, and Regulatory Compliance

  • Counsels national telecommunications provider with environmental due diligence for projects and has developed strategies for client to properly manage materials generated during construction in efficient manner.

Wastewater, Waterways and Wetlands

  • Advises clients with NPDES and WPDES wastewater and stormwater permitting and compliance, including pretreatment and low-impact development practices.
  • Counsels clients on waterway and wetland permitting and compliance and water quality certifications under the Clean Water Act §§ 401 and 404, Chapter 30, state and federal wetland programs, and Army Corps of Engineers regulations, and with wetland mitigation bank agreements.

Endangered Species

  • Advises clients on state and federal endangered species consultation processes and helps clients obtain incidental take permits.

Environmental Assessments/Impact Statements

  • Guides clients through NEPA and WEPA process, preparation of environmental assessments and impact statements, including cultural and historical preservation issues.

Air

  • Advises utilities, oil and natural gas pipelines, manufacturers, metal fabrication and coating facilities, and motorized equipment manufacturers on Clean Air Act permitting and compliance for major and minor sources, annual compliance and monitoring reporting, potential to emit (PTE) and NSR historical analyses, RACT, NESHAP and NSPS applicability, NR 445 state air toxics and RMP.

Engines

  • Counsels clients, including equipment manufacturers, with motor vehicle, nonroad and stationary engine requirements, including compliance with transition programs, engine replacement, anti-stockpiling, contract manufacturing, and importing and exporting.

Site Investigation and Remediation

  • Counsels clients, including developers, banks, credit unions and businesses, on investigation, reporting and remediation of contamination, including coordination and evaluation of Phase I site assessments to ensure compliance with All Appropriate Inquiries.
  • Advises clients on planning and review of Phase II investigations.
  • Negotiates access agreements.
  • Prepares applications for off-site liability, historical fill construction, lender liability exemptions, and storage tank registrations and removals.
  • Advises on remediation and site closure strategies.

Hazardous and Toxic Materials and Waste

  • Advises clients on compliance with hazardous waste storage, transportation and disposal regulations, universal waste requirements, CERCLA contribution and cost recovery claims, Pollution Prevention planning, PCB Mega Rule, RCRA permitting and financial assurance requirements, and California's Proposition 65 regulations.

Enforcement

  • Assists regulated industries with environmental reporting and recordkeeping, compliance audits, self-disclosure, corrective action and responses to agency notices of violation and information requests.
  • Negotiates with regulators to obtain fair resolutions to alleged violations.
Outside the Office

Phil, his wife, and three young boys enjoy camping, hiking and canoeing, especially in Wisconsin’s Northwoods near Cable.

Their enthusiasm for camping and the outdoors finds another outlet in scouting, in which Phil and his sons are all involved.

He is also a sports fan, rooting especially for the Nittany Lions (he was a drummer in the Penn State Marching Blue Band) and, as a Wisconsin transplant, for the Badgers. He enjoys craft beer and investigating breweries.

Community Leadership

Phil is an enthusiastic volunteer for many community organizations.

He served on the board of directors for Community GroundWorks Inc., a Madison nonprofit that manages community gardens, a CSA, natural areas, and woodlands on Madison’s north side from 2009 to 2014 and as president in 2014. Other community involvement includes:

  • Leadership Greater Madison 20, Alumnus
  • Penn State Alumni Association, Madison Chapter, President
  • Blessed Sacrament Cub Scout Pack 16, Committee Chair, Den Leader
  • Meeting House Nursery School, Board of Directors, 2016-2017; Treasurer, 2017
  • United Way of Dane County Rosenberry Society
Environmental Sustainability

Phil works with many clients to achieve environmental sustainability in their operations.

He counsels them on strategies to “go beyond” compliance with environmental regulations. He helps them develop projects to reduce carbon footprints, VOC emissions and waste streams. He worked with one client to accomplish Wisconsin Green Tier compliance and to develop the requisite annual Green Tier report for this state-sponsored program, designed to improve environmental performance, enhance productivity, cut costs and promote community health.