J. Barton Seitz


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Washington, D.C.

P: +1.202.639.7895 F: +1.202.585.1046
  • International consumer products company – defended a multi-million dollar Clean Water Act enforcement action by the U.S. Justice Department in which the government sought to require that the client pay for the cleanup of contaminated river sediments, ultimately resulting in a settlement for less than 10 percent of the government's initial claim
  • U.S. bedding and children's product manufacturer – advised on threatened Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, and assisted in development of testing program to verify compliance with federal/state chemical content requirements
  • Former owner of a cast iron foundry – defended the former foundry owner in a multi-million dollar PCB and lead contamination suit alleging that our client’s foundry operations and disposal activities had impacted various residential properties, parks and downstream waterways; the federal district court dismissed all of the plaintiffs' claims on summary judgment in a landmark CERCLA decision, which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Petroleum refiner – advised and defended client in responding to OSHA actions in a workplace injury investigation and enforcement proceeding
  • Several consumer product manufacturers – advise and assist on compliance and enforcement matters arising under federal/state requirements for hazardous substances within products, product labeling and disclosures, chemical content restrictions and product take-back and recycling obligations
  • U.S. mining company – defended a major domestic mining company in litigationof environmental cost recovery and natural resource damage claims by federal/state governments in federal bankruptcy court, received a favorable settlement for the client
  • International musical instrument and electronic component manufacturer – provided legal advice and assistance throughout the multi-year process of preparing, documenting and implementing the client’s environmental, health and safety management system at two U.S. domestic facilities, including obtaining third-party registration
  • Regional water and sewer authority – defended this client against personal injury and medical monitoring claims based on alleged exposure to noxious fumes and improperly treated wastewater, by achieving dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims in federal district court
  • Major manufacturing concern – defended the company against tort and contract claims alleging that its wastewater discharges had damaged the local sewer collection and treatment system. This case was settled prior to trial on favorable terms
  • International telecommunications tower company – advised the client with respect to preparing for OSHA inspections and developing an effective worker health and safety program
  • Oil and natural gas services firm – provide ongoing advice and regulatory counseling on various aspects of emerging legislative and regulatory requirements for hydraulic fracturing and related oil and gas development matters
  • Privately held company – advised and assisted with the sale of natural gas gathering facilities, processing plants, compressor stations and associated pipeline assets in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas
  • Numerous manufacturing and energy sector clients – prepared and submitted voluntary written disclosures of environmental regulatory violations pursuant to federal and state environmental audit programs, and negotiated favorable settlements under which the clients were assessed either no penalties whatsoever, or substantially reduced penalties
  • Northeastern U.S. pipeline company– provided legal advice and regulatory assistance for the relevant environmental requirements for a major pipeline expansion project in New York, including water quality certification/conditions, stormwater permitting/management, environmental restoration and related matters
  • International petroleum pipeline project – provided advice and assistance in the drafting of a comprehensive set of national environmental regulatory decrees to govern the construction and operation of a 660-mile long oil pipeline
  • Several energy company clients – conduct analysis of federal/state environmental reviews, wetlands jurisdiction and permitting issues and other environmental permit requirements and related governmental reviews/approvals for major new pipeline projects
  • International metal poles and products manufacturer – provide advice on a wide range of complex, sophisticated regulatory issues involving the interpretation of RCRA requirements for the generation, treatment, storage and/or disposal of hazardous waste
  • U.S. specialty chemicals manufacturer – supply regulatory counseling on obligations under applicable OSHA standards; assistance with a PSM audit and development of appropriate corrective measures