Russell Frye has concentrated his practice in environmental law for over
35 years, representing multinational industrial corporations and lending
institutions and national trade associations. His broad experience has
included environmental permitting for major new industrial facilities, power
plants, and landfills; defending civil and criminal enforcement actions,
citizen suits, and “toxic tort” actions; representing owners and generator
groups at Superfund sites; and advocating changes in environmental rules
before Congress, environmental agencies, development banks, and the
courts. His work has involved many aspects of governmental assessment and
regulation of risks to human and animal health.
Mr. Frye has been involved in the development of many key environmental
policies in the United States, from participating in the legislative debate all
the way to litigating the implementation of statutes and regulations. In the
early 1980s he played a critical role in litigation that eliminated “treatment
for treatment's sake” of non-toxic “conventional” water pollutants, forcing
EPA to withdraw rules that would have cost the paper industry $2.5 billion.
In 1990, he lobbied to prevent the new acid rain program in the Clean Air
Act Amendments from stifling cogeneration and independent power
production, and he subsequently successfully challenged EPA regulations that
would have severely limited the benefit of those protections. In 1998 he
successfully argued a case in the federal court of appeals for the Fifth
Circuit that prevented expansion of the federal Endangered Species Act to
state permitting actions, in what Inside EPA termed “a landmark decision.”
Recently he has been actively involved in both the national policy debate
and defense of enforcement actions in several industry sectors concerning
Prevention of Significant Deterioration preconstruction permitting
requirements, as well as representing over a dozen trade associations
concerned that the Clean Air Act not be used in an inappropriate manner to
address global climate change.
Mr. Frye has extensive experience with many aspects of environmental and
health issues, and he is familiar not only with the legal scheme and the
procedures involved, but also with the scientific, technical, and economic
considerations. As a partner in three major law firms, he has managed a
team of professionals dealing with environmental policymaking issues on the
national and sometimes international level. At the same time, he has solved
environmental problems and provided strong guidance and defense to
individual manufacturing facilities, electrical and water utilities, and other
types of operations in many if not most of the states.
Mr. Frye is the author of Clean Water Act Compliance Handbook (John
Wiley & Sons, 1989) and a co-author of five other books. He has also
authored over two dozen articles, including articles in The National Law
Journal, Pollution Engineering, Journal of Environmental Permitting, EPA
Administrative Law Reporter, Modern Casting, Law and Policy in
International Business, and International Business Lawyer.
Mr. Frye has spoken on environmental topics at numerous industry seminars
and universities in the U.S. and at conferences in Canada, France, Germany,
Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Spain. He holds an A.B.
degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from the
University of Denver College of Law. From 1995 to 1998 he chaired the
Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee of the International Bar
Association. He has been chosen repeatedly as one of several hundred lawyers worldwide included in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Environment Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers. Mr. Frye has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and the District of Columbia, as well as most federal circuit courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
On an as-needed basis, Russell Frye can call on a number of experienced law
clerks, paralegals, and lawyers to help meet the needs of FryeLaw PLLC's
clients. For further information on the capabilities of FryeLaw PLLC's
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litigation and alternative dispute resolution, click here.
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