Michael Daneker concentrates his practice on environmental law and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Daneker defends federal and state enforcement actions, citizen action suits, CERCLA litigation, Clean Water Act litigation, and natural resource damage claims related to complex contaminated sites. He also serves as primary defense counsel in class action and mass joinder toxic tort lawsuits around the United States, including personal injury, medical monitoring, and property damage actions.
Mr. Daneker also serves as Co-Managing Partner of the firm.
Mr. Daneker is recognized by both Chambers and the Legal 500 USA for his environmental practice and has appeared in several nationally prominent matters including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, New Jersey chrome litigation, and several high profile toxic tort matters. Mr. Daneker also serves as outside national coordinating environmental counsel for Honeywell International Inc. and for Whirlpool Corporation.
Mr. Daneker's work often includes not only defending litigation, but also working with the client to develop a long-term strategy for contaminated site resolution, including remedy selection, natural resource damage mitigation, insurance or other risk transfer mechanisms, and brownfields redevelopment. He often works closely with the client's engineers, technical experts, and public and community affairs personnel to develop a comprehensive litigation, regulatory, political, and scientific solution to the site.
Mr. Daneker graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Wade Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He subsequently clerked for the Honorable Karen L. Henderson at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- BP, as lead outside counsel for the comprehensive investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, participation in resolution of criminal claims, and lead outside counsel with respect to debarment matters.
- Honeywell, as primary litigation counsel in numerous lawsuits related to more than 130 chromium contaminated sites in New Jersey.
- Former uranium processing company, with respect to the remediation of a site containing low level uranium waste materials in Pennsylvania.
- Honeywell, in defending citizen action suits and enforcement actions related to the Dundalk Marine Terminal and other sites in Baltimore.
- Various clients at numerous major contaminated sites, including mining and manufacturing sites in Utah, Nevada, Maryland, South Carolina, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia.
- Major coal company, in a Clean Water Act citizen suit challenging selenium discharges from surface mines.
- Manufacturing companies, in advising and assisting in Brownfields redevelopment projects in New York, Maryland, and New Jersey.
- Numerous clients at several sediment sites, including the Lower Passaic, the Gowanus Canal, the Whitefish River, Onondaga Lake, the Hudson River, the Detroit River, and Berry’s Creek.
- Whirlpool, with respect to the remediation of a PCB contaminated site in Ohio and a TCE contaminated site in Arkansas.
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Toxic Tort (2015-2017)
- JD, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1992, Founder's Medal
- MPhil, Cambridge University, 1988
- BA, Yale University, 1987, summa cum laude
- District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, The Honorable Karen Lencraft Henderson