Jack Grady has been specializing in the practice of environmental law for 30 years of his 40-year career as a lawyer. Jack has argued cases before several federal district courts and Federal Courts of Appeal, and has also represented clients on environmental aspects in numerous high value transactions, including several in excess of one billion dollars. Two highlights of his career, were when he obtained approval of one of the first nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission reduction credits in Georgia, and negotiated with the State of Georgia for a carbon sequestration agreement for the creation of greenhouse gas emission credits related to reforestation of a state-owned forest.
Jack’s experience includes serving with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as an environmental litigator. Prior to DOJ, Jack served briefly as staff counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he assisted in the management of legislative proposals on the Senate floor and participated in the preparation for and the conduct of Senate hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas as an associate justice to the United States Supreme Court.
Jack received his BA at Boston College (1975), and a J.D., graduating cum laude, from New England School of Law (1980). Jack is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Georgia. His background includes extensive experience in environmental and land use issues, including serving as a member of the zoning board for the city of Salem, Massachusetts, a member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Panel of Arbitrators for Environmental Issues, and a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Brownfields Issues Advisory Committee.
Jack represents clients in litigation, transactions, investigations, and regulatory matters involving all environmental media. He has represented clients in the defense of governmental environmental enforcement actions, private party environmental claims, and other environmental litigation.
Jack began his career by establishing his own trial and business law practices with offices in Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, before moving to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as a Trial Attorney with the Environmental Enforcement Section, before joining Jones Day where he represented corporate clients in environmental litigation and enforcement; compliance counseling; transactional matters; due diligence; third-party liability and insurance coverage litigation.
Over his career, Jack successfully defended CERCLA parent-operator liability cases and has served as common counsel to a PRP group under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) (Southdown v. Allen, 119 F. Supp. 2d 1223 (N.D. Ala. 2000) and successfully defended on appeal a favorable judgment of behalf of a client in a CERCLA parent-operator liability case (Atlanta Gas Light Company v. UGI Utilities, Inc. et al., 463 F. 3d 1201 (11th Cir. 2006)). He has managed the due diligence and contract negotiations related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures of businesses and properties with significant environmental profiles. His practice also has included general litigation matters, including defense of claims under the federal False Claims Act.
While at DOJ, Jack served as lead trial counsel on several matters under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. He also served as lead trial counsel on several matters.
Jack's trial work at DOJ resulted in favorable trial judgments and he assisted in the defense of these judgments on appeal.
Specific examples of past environmental reported litigation:
- Atlanta Gas Light Co. v. UGI Utilities, Inc.,463 F. 3d 1201 (11th Cir. 2006);
- Southdown, et al v. Leslie S. Allen, et al, 119 F. Supp. 2d. 1223 (N.D. Ala 2000);
- U.S. V. Bethlehem Steel, 829 F. Supp. 1023, aff'd in part and rev'd in part 38 F.3d 862 (7th Cir. 1994) and 829 F. Supp 1047 (N.D. Ind 1993);
- U.S. v. Ekco Housewares, Inc., 853 F. Supp. 975 (N.D. Ohio 1994) aff'd in part and remanded in part, 62 F.3d 806 (6th Cir, 1995);
- United States v. NL Industries, et al, 936 F. Supp. 545(S.D. Ill, 1996);
- United States v. Allied-Signal, Inc., 820 F. Supp. 1120 (S.D. Ind. 1993).
While at DOJ, Jack received DOJ's Special Achievement Award (1993) and two U.S. EPA Bronze Medals for Commendable Service (1994, 1995). He contributed as an instructor in several DOJ training programs and at EPA's RCRA Workshop.
Additional awards and recognition include:
- Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field 2016-2019;
- 137 Cong. Rec. S 14669 (10/15/91 102nd Congress 1st Sess.);
- 137 Cong. Rec. S 9809 (7/11/91 102nd Congress 1st Sess.).
Jack has published articles and spoken on a variety of topics, including an article in the January/February 1999 edition of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine on the United States Supreme Court decision in United States v. Bestfoods. He has spoken on such topics as "Assessing and Allocating Environmental Risk," (Textile Industry Mergers & Acquisition Institute, 1998) and the "Self-Critical Analysis Privilege and Its Application to Environmental Regulation," (Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 1997).
A list of other notable activities follows:
- ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION - ENVIRONMENT AND TOXIC TORT SECTION Board of Directors, Chair 2005-2006; Member 2003-2005.
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Environmental Enforcement Section - Training Programs Instructor - Honors Lawyer Training Program, November, 1992 - 94; "Brown Bag Lunch Series", August 1994; EES/Ocean City Conference, October, 1993.
BOARD OF APPEAL - CITY OF SALEM, MA: 1990 - 1991: Associate Member of the Zoning Board of Appeal for the City of Salem, Massachusetts.
METRO ATLANTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Brownfields Advisory Committee.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Salem, MA, Y.M.C.A. 1988-1991: Served as Vice-President (1990-1991) and member of the Board of Directors for the Salem, Massachusetts Y.M.C.A.
- ESSEX COUNTY (MA) BAR ADVOCATES, INC., 1989-1990: Served as a member of the Steering Committee and as an attorney mentor for private bar division of state sponsored, county administered indigent defendant representation program. Assisted attorneys in training and preparation for representation of indigent criminal defendants.
- ESSEX COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION - Executive Committee, 1987-1991.
- SALEM BAR ASSOCIATION - Treasurer, 1989-1991, Executive Committee 1988-1991.
Instructor, NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) 1987-88; Instructed undergraduates in substantive and Constitutional criminal law.
- Board of Directors, FRIENDS OF THE SHAUGHNESSY/KAPLAN REHABILITATION HOSPITAL, Salem, MA 1990.
- MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF CONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION: 1979-1980; Legal Assistant to Chairman of state run labor arbitration and mediation service.