I have practiced law in Washington D.C. for 34 years, helping organizations accomplish their goals in the federal regulatory and legislative processes. With 14 years of experience at the American Chemistry Council and even more practicing privately on my own and at major national law firms, I have a broad and sophisticated perspective on how to achieve results and defend interests in those environments.
I am an expert in the field of environment, health & safety, where I specialize in how science is used to support regulation and policy. I also focus on homeland security, particularly in the areas of chemical facility security and information protection. Through the years, I have also worked across a wide range of other administrative law subjects. This work has included:
I have extensive legislative experience, playing a central role in enactment of legislation:
I work with Congressional staff to educate them, guide oversight, and draft and negotiate legislative language and legislative history, in both the authorizing and appropriations context. My successful approach is to be a nonpartisan, reliable source of authoritative expertise to members and staff.
I have a long track record helping private entities engage with government agencies in innovative projects that offer mutual benefits. I understand how to balance assertiveness and tact and how to craft solutions that meet both parties' needs. I am also skilled at bridge-building with NGOs and other third parties to build on common interests.
I am particularly skilled at translating highly complex and technical subjects into clear and even engaging presentations. This enables me not only to explain my clients' situations and critical needs to government officials, but also to help clients understand the arcane and user-unfriendly regulatory programs that confront them. From understanding comes opportunity.
My value proposition is to offer top-quality legal skills and personal attention to clients' matters in a way that large law firms increasingly cannot -- in effect, providing partner-level services at associate rates. Where appropriate, I can draw on the services of other lawyers senior and more junior as affiliates. From my years managing outside counsel and conducting most of my own legal work at ACC, I am highly efficient and cost conscious. I also understand communications and the importance of external relations in advocacy efforts.
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Court decisions striking down the Trump Administration's attempts to delay the effective date of Obama Administration rules are asking for too much. These decisions will be problematic if a Democratic administration tries to delay the effective date of Trump's "midnight rules." I make this argument in a piece in the Summer 2019 issue of Administrative & Regulatory Law News, available free to ABA Ad Law Section members (or contact me).
I've written an article arguing that the Lautenberg amendments did not change the "null hypothesis" for new chemical reviews--because there isn't one. A shorter version was published in the June 2017 Chemical Watch Global Business Briefing.
Here's the article
New TSCA puts risk assessment at center stage. How will it perform? See Keith Belton's and my article in the Fall 2016 issue of Issues in Science & Technology.
Here's a link to the article
I have a post in RegBlog arguing that if we can fix TSCA, we can fix the older and just as dysfunctional OSH Act.
Here's a link to the post
I helped secure enactment of a new statute to improve permitting of major infrastructure projects.
Here is a memo I drafted on the new law.
I've published a letter in Science challenging the opponents of regulatory science legislation to offer some good faith proposals of their own.
Here's the link (subscription required)
I have a post in RegBlog on the merits of "sue and settle" legislation -- and how the controversy over such issues is making it almost impossible to talk rationally about the opportunities for more important regulatory improvements.
Here's a link to the RegBlog series on sue and settle
I've coauthored an article in the February 2013 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives on promoting disclosure of data used in evaluations of pesticides and other chemicals.
Here's the link to the article
I've authored a chapter on "Reconciling the Scientific and Regulatory Timetables" in a book entitled Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science.
Here's the link to the book
I've coauthored a review in the June 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives on criteria for assessing the credibility of scientific work:
Here's the link to the article
The ABA's book Homeland Security: Legal & Policy Issues has two chapters by me: "Information Protection" and "Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards":
Here's the link to the book in the ABA's online store
I obtained a SAFETY Act designation for the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Security Code:
Click on this link and then search for "Responsible Care" under "Approved Technologies"
Here's a chart I did for the Chemical Security Summit comparing CVI, SSI & PCII:
CVI-SSI-PCII comparison chart