Attorney Spotlight: Paul Schmidt
May 10, 2016
Paul M. Schmidt chairs the firm’s Environmental and Energy Practice Group, handling virtually all forms of environmental and energy matters for municipalities, small local businesses and international Fortune 50 corporations. Paul litigates enforcement, property damage, personal injury, and cleanup cost-recovery actions, and represents clients in real estate/business transactions, site cleanups, and large Public Utility Commission applications. Aided by his background as an environmental consultant, he also counsels clients on permitting and compliance issues in areas including waste, water quality, air quality, oil and gas drilling, pipelines, CNG stations, sewage facilities, storage tanks, radiation, and occupational exposure.
Paul served as Assistant Regional Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence. Prior to that, he was a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, where his notable achievements include assisting Colorado on cutting-edge risk assessment and remediation activities at the 25-square-mile Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund Site, and successfully litigating challenges to a permit issued to Colorado’s largest gold mine.
Paul is a member of the board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation, and Third Vice President of the board of the Philadelphia Traffic Club, the Nation’s oldest club of commercial rail, trucking, shipping and airfreight companies. He is also a member of the ASTM International Task Group developing a sediment corrective action standard.