Blake Biles is a retired partner with substantial experience as an environmental attorney, including five years with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and over 30 years in private practice. Over the course of his career, he provided a full range of services to a variety of clients encompassing all types of environmental legal matters: counseling, transactions, rulemakings, compliance audits, and both enforcement and appellate litigation. Mr. Biles has particular experience in matters involving the regulation of, and potential liabilities associated with, chemicals and other commercial products. At EPA from 1975 to 1980, Mr. Biles was an attorney in the Office of Enforcement, and in the Office of General Counsel. Thereafter, he was the first Director of the new-chemicals review program in the Office of Toxic Substances.
Mr. Biles has long provided pro bono services to low-income and other vulnerable populations, including representation of tenants to preserve affordable housing; work for AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (including Chair of the LCE Board of Directors); service on the Neighborhood Legal Services Program Board of Directors (including current Chair of the NLSP Board of Directors); representation of homeless individuals, persons seeking social security disability benefits, and residents of substandard nursing homes; and advocacy for mentally-ill persons in institutional settings, including prisons. The DC Bar has recognized Mr. Biles as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
- JD, University of Kansas School of Law, 1975
- BA, University of Kansas, 1968
- District of Columbia
- Attorney, Offices of Water and General Enforcement, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Attorney, Office of General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Director, Office of Toxic Substances, US Environmental Protection Agency
Member, Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia (NLSP)
Member, Advisory Board of the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE)
Member, Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC) of Enterprise Community Partners (Washington, DC)