Kent Mayo handles a wide variety of environmental matters, with a focus on environmental litigation and enforcement defense and strategic regulatory compliance. Kent currently serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Environmental, Natural Resources, and Toxic Tort Litigation Practice. He represents clients in toxic tort and class action litigation arising from environmental issues. His litigation work also includes serving as lead counsel in multiple enforcement actions brought by the United States, states and citizen groups under the Clean Air Act and other statutory programs.
In the regulatory sphere, Kent counsels clients on rulemakings and regulatory compliance and works with clients to develop broad strategies for working with regulators. He assists clients in compliance investigations and audits addressing multiple statutory schemes, including the Clean Air Act, RCRA (coal ash) and the SDWA. Kent also works with clients to prepare for and respond to environmental crisis events, including working with responders and regulators such as EPA, Chemical Safety Board and state agencies to protect the client's interests.
Kent previously worked as a trial lawyer in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led teams in complex environmental litigation, settlement negotiations and mediations across a broad range of civil environmental actions, including cases involving Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act violations and cases arising under CERCLA's remedial, cost recovery and natural resource damages provisions.