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LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGE LAW, PLLC., St. Paul, Minnesota (Nov., 2006-present).   President and Founder of private environmental law practice.  Focus: Harmonizing Business and Environment.  Major client: Ecolab Inc.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW SCHOOL, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1997-2013).  Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Business/Environmental Law Seminar

ECOLAB INC., St. Paul, Minnesota (2003-06)

Senior Corporate Counsel for environmental, health, safety, regulatory and real estate matters. Provided global legal advice in regulatory compliance, policy, environmental sustainability, M&A/transactions, dispute resolution, and managed agency negotiations. Responsibilities included: Environmental; Chemical; Food and Drug; Pesticides; Occupational Safety and Health; Transportation; Real Estate; Consumer Product Safety regulations. Managed global Superfund/site remediation program


BRIGGS and MORGAN, PA , Minneapolis, Minnesota (2002-03)
Shareholder: Private Practice of Environmental Law. All facets of environmental law, EHS regulatory affairs, preventive counseling, dispute resolution, environmental and natural resource policy development, environmental security. Major Client: 3M



3M, OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, St. Paul, Minnesota (1979-02)

Assistant General Counsel for global environmental regulatory matters.
Accomplishments and Expertise:

  • $50MM+ net from innovative cost recovery efforts
  • EHS due diligence in global M&A and real estate
  • Environmental, Safety and Health audit programs
  • Water, air, waste, and recycling regulatory requirements
  • Permits and negotiations, variances/appeals with administrative agencies
  • Site remediation claims and litigation management
  • Council for radiation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission matters
  • Formal and informal client education


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, Washington, D.C. (1977-79)

Multi-Regional Attorney: Litigation, claims, determinations, policy and regulations involving wastewater grants and contracts in the Atlanta and Chicago Regions
Assistant Regional Counsel, Region V: Environmental, general legal issues, Chicago, Illinois (1975-77)
Legal Administrative Specialist, Region V, Enforcement Division (1973-75)

 

EDUCATION: 


DE PAUL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctorate (1975), Environmental Law and Urban Planning
 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Chicago, Illinois
  • Master of Arts, Sociology (1972)
  • Student Union Board of Directors 
  • Bachelor of Arts (1971), Sociology/Political Science. Student Union Program Executive Committee