Ken has used his technical background and experience to better understand the challenges his clients face and then to achieve many positive results for a wide variety of businesses and industries. For example, Ken has been retained more than ten times to represent clients charged with environmental crimes and the charges were dropped by the government in every case without any litigation. Ken has also had several major environmental enforcement actions dismissed, dropped or outright lost by state and federal government agencies. In many other instances, Ken has worked to develop positive and minimally burdensome consent agreements to resolve enforcement actions.
Ken began his career as an environmental engineer for PPG Industries, Inc. Chemicals Division. He worked as a regulatory expert overseeing US facility operations from the PPG Headquarters then requested a move to PPG’s largest chemical facility (2000 employees) where he became an operations foreman before returning to the environmental regulatory group. As an attorney, Ken takes the time to learn the client’s business and issues without charging for learning – in order to build a solid trust relationship with the client.
Ken has been recognized as one of the country’s leading lawyers for the wood treating and chemical industries. He also was the primary counsel for the Marcellus Shale natural gas and liquids industry and has represented the majority of the larger shale gas producers and midstream companies.
Most recently, Ken has assisted the coal industry with overzealous regulatory initiatives. In the past two years, Ken has resolved 10 different environmental matters for 8 different clients at a mere fraction of the potential litigation cost. He has also handled multiple high-profile national issues, including appearing as the spokesman for the effort.
Ken has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University and obtained his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He was appointed as a federal commissioner to the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) where he served for ten years, including as Chairman. At ORSANCO, Ken worked side-by-side with the top environmental official from each of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia and Indiana. He has worked in 38 of the 50 US States and with every EPA region. He helped to initiate and then grow both the EPA Brownfields Conference and the Marcellus Shale Coalition. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, West Virginia (inactive), Ohio (inactive) and the District of Columbia (inactive).