Brian Israel, a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP's Washington DC, office, specializes in environmental litigation and counseling. Mr. Israel represents corporations in matters involving contaminated properties, including toxic tort lawsuits and Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claims. In addition, Mr. Israel has represented both US and foreign corporations in litigation related to workplace safety, product liability and regulatory compliance. Mr. Israel's counseling practice focuses on environmental issues in large corporate transactions, brownfields redevelopment and environmental management systems.
Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Israel was an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). While at the DOJ, Mr. Israel handled several high-profile environmental cases, including a large Natural Resource Damages claim related to the marine impacts of dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) disposal. In 1998, Mr. Israel was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments in a Clean Air Act jury trial. He also litigated claims on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Mr. Israel has spoken and written extensively about environmental law issues. He is the author of the Natural Resource Damages chapter in the Environmental Law Practice Guide (Gerrard, ed.), which includes a comprehensive, 50-state guide of NRD programs. Since 2000, Mr. Israel has been an instructor at the Environmental Law Institute "Boot Camp." He has also written several articles regarding corporate liability issues. Mr. Israel's student note, "An Environmental Justice Critique of Risk Assessment," is published in the NYU Environmental Law Journal.
Mr. Israel clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1995-1996).
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