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Scott H. Reisch

Partner
Denver

Scott H. Reisch

As the Co-Chair of our global environmental practice, Scott Reisch focuses in three principal areas: contamination issues, commercial transactions, and compliance counseling.

Scott's contamination practice includes brownfield redevelopment, voluntary cleanups, and litigation under federal and state cleanup statutes, such as Superfund/ the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Scott has helped clients on brownfield projects across the country, including in Colorado, Georgia, Montana, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Scott heads the firm's transactional environmental practice and regularly advises clients on environmental due diligence, provisions in purchase and financing agreements, and environmental insurance.

Scott counsels clients in the resource, pharmaceutical, and agriculture industries on a range of environmental issues. He represents clients in state and federal enforcement actions, manages environmental audits, and negotiates voluntary self-disclosures with state and federal regulators.

Scott is a frequent lecturer and author on environmental topics, including brownfields and environmental audits. He previously chaired the environmental section of the Colorado Bar Association.

Scott is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he was notes editor of the Stanford Law Review.

"Highly regarded for contamination, brownfield and Superfund matters."

Chambers USA 2013

Areas of Focus

Representative Experience

Represents an apartment REIT on a voluntary cleanup in Indiana and in challenging effort to list the site on EPA's National Priorities List.

Defending a large telecom company in an enforcement action by California's Attorney General that alleges mismanagement of electronic wastes.

Defended former shopping center owner against allegations that it was responsible for cleaning dry-cleaner contamination that occurred in 1960's.

Defending a reverse distributor against allegations by California prosecutors that our client illegally managed hazardous wastes.

Represented the developer of the Pepsi Center in a voluntary cleanup of what is now the home of the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.

Advised Orbital Sciences on environmental issues arising from its US$5bn acquisition of ATK's Aerospace, Defense and Government Services business.

Represented PPG Industries on environmental issues in its US$2.3bn acquisition of Comex, an industrial and architectural coatings company.

Defended Rexair against claims that it violated a clean-up order, and won a multimillion dollar award of attorneys' fees.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1988
  • B.A., with distinction, Stanford University, 1985

Memberships

  • Past Chair, Environmental Law Section, Colorado Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia

2012-2017

Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers of America

2005-2016

Natural Resources & Environment

Chambers USA

2014, 2016

People's Choice Environmental Lawyer

Barrister's Best, Law Week Colorado

2007-2015

Colorado Super Lawyers

2015

Top Lawyer - Environmental

5280

2014

Litigation: Environment, 2011, 2014

Legal 500 US

2013

Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer - Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources

2013

Who's Who Legal 100

2009-2012

Ethisphere, Attorneys Who Matter: Environmental

2008

Corporate Counsel Black Book

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Chapter 33: Colorado

Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property – 3rd Edition
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