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Phil represents business and the manufacturing in all aspects of environmental, health and safety, and toxic tort issues. His practice includes:

  • Environmental litigation (defense of governmental enforcement actions and citizens suit defense)
  • Superfund and toxic tort claim defense
  • Environmental due diligence and negotiations associated with corporate acquisitions and divestitures
  • Compliance counseling (confidential health and safety auditing and research regarding compliance with environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations)

Phil has prior education and work experience in science (biology, chemistry, bacteriology, and biochemistry), environmental and occupational health, and engineering (civil, geotechnical, air pollution control, wastewater treatment, and waste management).  He is a certified Professional Environmental Auditor.


Other Info About Phil



Bar Membership


Phil is admitted to practice before the following courts:

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Ohio Supreme Court

Kentucky Supreme Court


Local & National Recognition

Chambers USA®, Environment, Natural Resources, & Utilities: Environment, 2010-2011; Environment, Natural Resources, & Utilities: Natural Resources, 2012-2013

The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law Litigation – Environment, 2006-2021

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Environmental, 2018

AV® Rated, Martindale Hubbell®

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2005-2016, 2018-2019

Cincy Leading Lawyer by Cincinnati Business Magazine

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Doctor of Laws, LL.D. (h.c.), 2009

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association, President, 2008-2009; President Elect, 2007-2008; Vice President, 2006-2007; Secretary, 2005-2006; Board of Trustees, 2003-2010; Environmental Law Committee, Past Chairman, Member 1985-present

Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2012-present; Chair Development Committee, 2013-2020

Chase College of Law Alumni Association, Board, 2010-2018

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class III

Kentucky Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resource Law Section, Chair, 2013-2014; Vice-Chair, 2011-2012

Air and Waste Management Association

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

American Industrial Hygiene Association

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Redwood Foundation, Board Chair, 2017 – Present

Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association, President, 2009; President-Elect, 2007; Graduate, Class XXIII

Leadership Northern Kentucky Alumni Association, President of the Board (former); Graduate, Class of 1990-1991

Redwood Rehabilitation Center, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, President, 2010-2012; President-Elect, 2008-2010; Board of Directors, 1997-Present; Chairman, Development Council, 1997-2010; Chairman, $6.3 million Capital Campaign; Dorothy Wood Foundation, Trustee Emeritus, 2013-present

Greater Cincinnati United Way, Co-Chair Tocqueville Society (recognizing individuals who donate $10,000 or more per year), 2013-2015

Northern Kentucky United Way Campaign, Campaign Cabinet, 2010; Chairman, 2001; Vice Chairman, 2000; Division Leader, 1999; Campaign Volunteer, 1997-present

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1993-1999, 2013-present; Executive Committee, 2013-present; Treasurer, 2015-2018; Environmental Issues Committee Chair, 1988-1990 and 2010-2012; D.C. Fly-In Chair, 2013; Chamber Fund-Raising Development, 2013

Just the Beginning Foundation (“JTBF”), 2010 Conference Advisor, Atlanta, Georgia; 2008 Conference Advisor, Washington, D.C.; 2006 Conference Executive Committee, Cincinnati, Ohio; Chair, Development Committee

Cincinnati Arts Association, Board of Trustees, 2017-Present

Cincinnati Arts Association, “Dancing for the Stars” Benefit; Winner, Celebrity Dance Competition, 2009; Honorary Chair, 2010; Chair, 2011-2012


Phil was invited to speak at the following events:

“Human health impact of Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), proper PFAS sampling protocols to prevent cross-contamination, and PFAS regulatory developments,” 23rd Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Seminar, August 2020

“Superfund: Forty Years Old and Still Evolving, Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act, the federal law addressing liability for releases of hazardous substances to the environment.” 18th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, August 2020

“Opportunity Lies Within Kentucky’s State and Local Tax Benefits for Pollution Control Facilities and Equipment” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, March 2018

“Practical Implications of Uncertainty Analysis and Robust Conclusions for a Site Specific Risk Assessment,” International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors, October 2015

“Impact of the U.S. EPA’s Next Generation Compliances Tools’ on Kentucky Industry,” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 2015

“RCRA’s Imminent and Substantial Endangerment: An Old Law Generates New Risks,” Environmental Auditing Roundtable, May 2015

“Practical Impact of New UST Rules on Industry,” Business and Legal Resources, July 2015

“Enforcement Trends in Permitting and Reporting,” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, August 2014

“Regulation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Lexington, Kentucky, June 2010

“The Impact of EU’s REACH Legislation on U.S. Industries”, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2007

“Environmental Due Diligence During the Sale or Purchase of Property,” Automotive Recyclers Association 63rd Annual Convention & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2006

“Environmental Audits Under KY Law/RCRA: Overview of Laws & Regulations/CERCLA: Management by the Book,” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Practical Compliance with EPA Regulations Course, May 2006

“Current Environmental Issues In Real Estate (including updates on Mold, Environmental Due Diligence and Brownfield Redevelopment),” Cincinnati Bar Association Real Property Law Institute, December 2005

“Environmental Crimes: Avoiding Personal Liability for Environmental Law Violations,” Cincinnati, Ohio, December 2004

“Update on Environmental Litigation and Enforcement,” 7th Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting & Reporting Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, October 2004

“Overview of US EPA and Ohio EPA Audit Disclosure Requirements,” Ohio Spill & Prevention Emergency Response Conference, September, 2004

“Identifying Environmental Issues for Non-Environmental Lawyers,” Kentucky Bar Association, December 2002

“Global Risk Management,” Ecole Normale Supérieure De Cachan Research Group in Risk, Information and Decision, Northern Kentucky University, April 2002

“Issues In Environmental Transactions,” Kentucky Bar Association, January 2002

“Kentucky OSHA Regulations: Does Your Construction Site Comply? — Environmental Law Issues In Construction,” Lexington, Kentucky, July 2001


Major Publications

Phil is an author of the following publications:

“Problems Arising from the Creation of a Computer-Based Litigation Support System,”
Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 14, pg. 263

“Environmental Problems and Their Effect on Lending Institutions,”
Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 18, pg. 175

“Overview of Brownfield Redevelopment Initiatives: A Renaissance in the Traditional Command and Control Approach to Environmental Protection,”
Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 25, pg. 29

“A Manual Method for TRS Determination,”
Journal of Air Pollution Control Association, 35:1280-1286, Dec. 1985

“Method 15A-Determination of Total Reduced Sulfur Emissions from Sulfur Recovery Plants in Petroleum Refineries,”
40 CFR 60, Appendix A

“Method 16A-Determination of Total Reduced Sulfur Emissions from Stationary Sources (Impinger Technique)”
40 CFR 60, Appendix A

“Mold: The New Frontier for Environmental Law,”
Cincinnati Bar Association’s CBA Report, December 2001

General circulation journal articles on environmental law-related issues

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