PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants: Science, Regulation and Litigation

Thursday, September 13, 2018
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10019

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The focus of this event will be on Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants that are ubiquitous in industrial and consumer products.   As researchers and agencies investigate the scope of contamination and develop new methods for detection and remediation, new regulations and litigation continue to emerge.  A panel of leading experts will discuss emerging contaminants, discussing regulatory developments, state and NGO efforts on the topic, and addressing liabilities associated with these contaminants in the litigation and transactional context.


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Thank you to our event Co-sponsors:

EBA Environmental Regulation Committee

EBA Northeast Chapter

NYSBAR Environmental & Energy Law Section


GREGORY BROWN, Shareholder, Brown Duke & Fogel, P.C.

Gregory Brown, Esq. is a Shareholder with Brown Duke & Fogel, P.C.  Mr. Brown has been in private practice for more than 25 years focused on environmental law and energy, particularly in matters relating to permitting and compliance, air pollution, facility siting, enforcement, waste regulation and cleanup, and the environmental aspects of business transactions, including insurance and environmental due diligence.  Mr. Brown is a Vice-Chair of the EBA Environmental Committee. 


RULA DEEB, PH.D., BCEEM, PMP, Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer, Geosyntec

Rula Deeb, PH.D., BCEEM, PMP, is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer with Geosyntec based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of contaminants, and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids.  She earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on substrate interactions of gasoline aromatics and oxygenates. As a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, she developed and implemented research programs in collaboration with scientists and engineers at other universities, consulting firms, and the U.S. Air Force on the remediation of sites impacted with contaminant mixtures. Following teaching assignments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University between 1992 and 2000, Rula was selected as a National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholar for Excellence in Engineering Education. She has served as a principal investigator and project manager for three applied research projects funded through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, an independent environmental research program for the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Focusing on emerging contaminants in natural and treatment environments, Rula has led many research and demonstration efforts. Her work during the past two decades has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of several of the most challenging environmental contaminants to date, including perfluorinated compounds, 1,4-dioxane, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) and other fuel oxygenates, perchlorate, N-Nitrosodimethylamine 
(NDMA), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and pharmaceuticals and personal care products 

ERIK D. OLSON, Senior Director, Health and Food, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Erik Olson, Esq. is Senior Director, Health and Food, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program with the Natural Resources Defense Council.  With more than 30 years of experience working at the intersection of public policy and consumer advocacy, Erik D. Olson currently directs NRDC's advocacy initiatives on health, food, and agriculture, including campaigns on drinking water protection, toxins in products and the environment, pesticides, food additives, antibiotics, and efforts related to agriculture and climate change. For 15 years, he worked as a senior attorney at NRDC and as the director of its Advocacy Center and Public Health program before leaving to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Later, he oversaw food safety and other food-related work at The Pew Charitable Trusts; he rejoined NRDC in 2013. Olson's work has led to the first major overhaul of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food safety laws in more than 70 years, as well as revamped laws protecting the nation's drinking water and food supply from pesticides. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is based in Washington, D.C. 

STEVEN HUMPHREYS, Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Steven Humphreys, Esq. is Counsel with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.  Mr. Humphreys has particular experience in developing strategies for the identification, management and allocation of environmental risk in business transactions, including the use of environmental insurance products, guaranteed remediation contracts and governmental liability protections to offset risk.  Mr. Humphreys has assisted clients in hundreds of business transactions involving environmentally impaired property, including numerous commercial, residential and non-residential redevelopment projects.    

Mr. Humphreys also represents owners of real property seeking to manage environmental liabilities through voluntary cleanup programs and property transfer laws such as the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act. He has experience retaining and managing environmental engineering firms, including response action contractors, for projects involving the investigation and remediation of contaminated property. 

HOWARD TOLLIN, EVP, President, Environmental, Sterling Risk Environmental Services

Howard Tollin, Esq. is President of Sterling Environmental and Professional Services, and Executive Vice President of SterlingRisk. He consults with clients, and lawyers for clients, on unique risk management solutions to address manufacturing and distribution, real estate, gas station and other business concerns, which include environmental and professional exposures. He also coordinates risk management and insurance for architects, engineers, environmental consultants, construction companies, project owners and developers, which includes contract reviews.  Mr. Tollin is the NYSBA Environmental & Energy Section Vice-Chair (2018), upcoming Section Chair (2019), and past NYSBA House of Delegate (2011-2015 term); Executive Committee for NYC Brownfield Partnership (2018); and past Board of Directors for non-profit NPCR (2009 - 2016). He is also the Editor-in-Chief (2012 - present) of the Environmental Claims Journal, and has authored many published articles on environmental and insurance topics.  

CATHERINE M. WARD,  Partner Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Catherine Ward, Esq. is co-chair of the Environmental Group at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, a regional law firm based in Philadelphia, PA. She is resident in their Cherry Hill, New Jersey office and concentrates her practice in environmental, energy, brownfields and real estate matters, representing both private companies and public entities. Ms. Ward counsels clients on regulatory and contractual environmental matters involving remediation issues, redevelopment and sustainability.  Ms. Ward is a frequent speaker on topics relating to brownfields and environmental issues. She has obtained grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association to present educational workshops, and contributed to college textbooks on the inter-relationship of environmental science and environmental law. Ms. Ward was recognized as a leader in environmental law in New Jersey by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


Sidley Austin LLP, 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019  


Program: 3:00PM- 4:30PM (EST)
Reception: 4:30PM- 7:00PM

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