Andrew Cooper has practiced environmental law for twenty-two years, most recently leading the environmental practice area at a large national law firm. He focuses exclusively on environmental law, and his work has spanned transactions, compliance counseling, and litigation.

In the transactional arena, Mr. Cooper has served as the sole environmental attorney advising clients - as purchasers, sellers, lenders, or borrowers - in hundreds of transactions ranging in value from seven to ten figures. The principals in these transactions have included private equity "holding" companies, manufacturers, energy companies (including utilities), retailers, lenders (including banks), distributors, developers, and many others. The deals have ranged from real estate conveyances to the purchase and sale (and financing) of major manufacturing companies.

Mr. Cooper's extensive background in environmental litigation provides a deeper understanding of where transactions can go astray. From CERCLA (Superfund) contribution actions to diminution of property value claims (due to alleged contamination) to penalty proceedings under environmental statutes to insurance recovery litigation for environmental damage. Mr. Cooper has spent a significant amount of time litigating environmental claims and negotiating with federal and state agencies. Mr. Cooper has taken a number of cases to trial and many more through pretrial motions and discovery. His wide-ranging practice has encompasses both single plaintiff and mass torts, state and federal courts across the country, and private government actions.

Education

1991

Juris Doctor 1991, University of Pennsylvania

1986

Bachelor of Arts 1986, Yale University

Speeches & Publications

Mercer HSE Network Corporate Environmental Forum (speeches / presentations):
August 6, 2012: “The Role of EHS in Mergers & Acquisitions”
April 29, 2013: “EHS Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions”
August 8, 2013: “Occupational Safety & Health Due Diligence” 

ABA Nationwide Quick Teleconference Program Panelist, “The Supreme Court’s Rulings on the Certiorari Petitions for the Post-Aviall Cases, and What’s Coming” (February 2007) 

99th Annual Air and Waste Management Association Conference and Exhibition, Plenary Session on Environmental Liability, Panelist (June 2006)

28th National Spring Conference on the Environment, ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law, Conference Co-Chair (June 1999)

ABA 1997 Annual Meeting Program Chair, “A Civil Reaction”

ABA 1996 Annual Meeting Program Chair, “Buying and Selling Contaminated Properties”

Co-author, “Identifying Successor Corporations Liable Under CERCLA and Pursuing Insurance Coverage for That Liability,” Environmental Claims Journal (April 2008)

Co-author, “Supreme Court to Decide Boundaries of Government Liability Under CERCLA,” The Procurement Lawyer (Spring 2007)

Author, “Yet Another Thing to Worry Over” (article on SEC-related disclosures of environmental liabilities), National Law Journal (Sept. 29, 2003)

Primary Author, “EPA Issues Revised Policy on Supplemental Environmental Projects,” EPA Administrative Law Reporter (June 1998) and Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter (July 1998)

Co-author, “Good News for Lenders and Fiduciaries Under Superfund,” Probate & Property (May/June 1997)

Co-author, “Liability for Hazardous Waste,” chapter in B. Dunaway, The Law of Distressed Real Estate (Clark Boardman Callaghan 1985-97)

Author, “New Protections From Environmental Liability,” The Practical Lawyer (Feb. 1997)

Co-author, “In the Recently Passed Appropriations Bill, Congress Clarified When Lenders and Fiduciaries Are Liable Under CERCLA . . .,” National Law Journal (Nov. 11, 1996)

Author, “New Lender and Fiduciary Liability Protection Under Superfund,” New York State Banking Journal (Fall 1996)

Co-author, “Teaming Up With Consultants,” Legal Times (Apr. 17, 1995) and The Recorder (Autumn 1995)

Co-author, “Even You May Need An Environmental Consultant,” Barrister (Summer 1994)