COLUMBUS, Ohio--(Terrence M. Fay is one of the top five lawyers listed nationally as a Law360 Environmental MVP, a designation honoring “attorneys whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.”)--Thompson Hine partner
“Terry’s deep knowledge and understanding of environmental laws and their underlying policies enables him to provide our clients with top-notch representation.”
“We congratulate Terry on the award, which is in recognition of the tremendous results he obtained last year in cases that were important to our clients as well as to the solid waste industry in general,” said Andrew L. Kolesar, leader of the firm’s environmental practice. “Terry’s deep knowledge and understanding of environmental laws and their underlying policies enables him to provide our clients with top-notch representation.”
Fay began practicing environmental law as the major environmental regulatory schemes were first developing, and the Law360 article praises his “depth and breadth” and highlights several client successes. The article also discusses two major cases Fay won this year for Thompson Hine client Waste Management. One, a case involving a landfill owned by a Waste Management subsidiary, was in litigation for more than six years and included multiple weeks of fact and expert depositions, the production of more than 10 million documents, extensive discovery and dispositive motions practice, and a four-week trial. The final outcome for this long and complex litigation was positive for the client; the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission upheld the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a permit tripling the amount of usable air space at the landfill, which will extend the site’s life by nearly 50 years – a huge benefit for Waste Management.
“There’s always a tension and a compromise,” Fay said of his work related to landfills. “We need them, so let’s ensure we design and operate them in such a way as to minimize the environmental impact.”
Fay also assisted Waste Management in defeating a complaint alleging that a landfill owned and operated by a Waste Management subsidiary had been constructed, designed and was being operated in a manner that endangered the public’s health and safety. Fay successfully argued the plaintiffs had failed to provide the notice of their intent to file suit as required by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
These two big wins, combined with Fay’s knowledge of and experience in environmental law, earn his spot as one of five environmental lawyers honored nationally with the Law360 MVP title.
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