|John has experience in a wide variety of environmental law areas, including regulatory compliance, enforcement and administrative proceedings; environmental permitting and performance of environmental assessments; and audits pertaining to corporate and real estate transactions and related financing requirements. His practice has focused on potential liability related to complex environmental contamination and compliance issues at major industrial, manufacturing and government facilities.
|John is a licensed professional engineer who served as an environmental engineering consultant for almost 10 years before transitioning to environmental law. His engineering experience primarily pertained to land development, water resources, environmental due diligence, contamination assessment/remediation, and hazardous waste compliance. As a result, John’s legal work has emphasized contamination assessment and remediation related to Superfund, RCRA requirements, storage tank regulations, and compliance and transactional audits.
John has handled environmental litigation in both state and federal courts as well as compliance and enforcement matters involving local, state and federal regulatory agencies. In this role, John has provided technical analysis of case issues and coordinated consultants and experts on behalf of clients. He has also offered environmental risk and liability assessments in real estate and corporate transactions that entail air, water and stormwater permitting and compliance monitoring, and has completed the Florida circuit court civil mediation training program.
- Coordinated environmental due diligence and site remediation requirements at numerous commercial properties of varying complexity.
- Extensive experience in evaluation and cleanup of site contamination and utilization of state cleanup programs in commercial real estate transactions.
- Extensive experience in assessment of history property conditions (e.g., agricultural, recreational, etc.) with respect to property redevelopment for commercial and residential use.
- Experience and participation in potentially responsible party (PRP) group efforts at Superfund site. Coordinated remedial investigation and assessment, as well as implementation of remediation.
- Testified as an expert in various matters concerning the evaluation of environmental conditions and requirements, and analysis of remedial action alternatives and associated cost estimates.
- Represented multiple clients and coordinated PRP group in major environmental contamination cleanup cost recovery claim at Miami International Airport. Handled litigation and settlement.
- Lead environmental engineer at Miami International Airport. Responsible for evaluation of historical property conditions and oversight of regulatory compliance, cleanup and resolution of enforcement actions.
- Evaluated hazardous waste contamination and handled RCRA hazardous waste minimization and elimination at U.S. Navy air station facilities.
- Evaluated air emission inventory and groundwater contamination at NASA Kennedy Space Center, including assessment and remediation of contamination resulting from historical site activities.
- Coordinated waste characterization and disposal at U.S. Navy Atlantic Underwater Testing and Experimentation Center (AUTEC) in Andros Island, Bahamas.
- Evaluated and calculated vapor loss emissions at bulk petroleum storage facilities in accordance with state and EPA air quality requirements.
- Evaluated water resources, waste treatment and waste disposal alternatives in accordance with development requirements for commercial and residential properties.
- John has been included in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, which noted his former engineering experience and “his impressive grasp of the technical aspects of the environmental sector.” He has also been named to the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” list for last 11 years, as well as the South Florida Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”
- John has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell that indicates he has reached the highest level of professional excellence and has been recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
- “Environmental Concerns,” Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedures. Co-author of chapter and updates through 2011.
- "Florida's Potential Regulatory Implications Related to Potential Threats Posed by Sea Level Rise/Future Trends," SHB's The Next Generation of Environmental Law (December 3, 2010).
- "Environmental Concerns and Ethical Considerations with the Redevelopment of Contaminated Property," Florida Brownfields Association’s 13th Annual Statewide Conference (November 15-16, 2010).
- "Environmental Due Diligence and Real Estate How-To's for Successfully Marketing a Brownfields Site," Florida Brownfields Association’s 11th Annual Statewide Conference (October 27, 2008).
- “Brownfields Cleanup Program: Issues in Institutional Controls,” Florida Brownfields Association’s 9th Annual Statewide Conference – A Decade of Brownfields Redevelopment in Florida, Past, Present, and Future (October 24 -27, 2006).
- ”Innovative Remediation Strategies: Institutional Controls; Technical Challenges Associated with Institutional Controls,” Florida Brownfields Association’s 10th Annual Statewide Conference – Revitalizing Florida’s Future: From People to Properties (October 7-9, 2007).
- “Florida Environmental Law Update,” The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s Environmental Law, Experts and Ethics Seminar (January 27, 2006).
- “Options for Dealing With the Risks and Costs of Contamination,” The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s Challenges of Urban Redevelopment of Environmentally Impacted Properties Seminar (June 24, 1999).
- “Environmental Issues and Considerations in Business Transactions,” seminar presented to the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (1998).
- “Hazardous Waste Management,” Environmental Regulation in Florida (February 15-16, 1995).
- “Notification and Reporting Requirements,” Environmental Law in Florida (November 13, 1992).
- “Hazardous Waste Management,” Environmental Law in Florida (November 1990).
- “Notification Requirements,” Environmental Law in Florida (November 1990).
- “The Permitting Process in Florida,” Environmental Law in Florida (November 1990).
John is a member of The Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar Association. He was previously president of the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and remains involved in the ongoing organization activities, including seminars and workshops on various environmental issues and topics. He was a member of the Dade County Brownfields Task Force and was chair of the Pilot Site Assistance Committee and a member of the Technical Committee. He was also a member of the Brownfields Oversight Committee responsible for the implementation of the Brownfields Program.
John is admitted to practice before the state courts of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also a licensed professional engineer.
1988 J.D., University of Miami School of Law
1979 M.S., Manhattan College (Environmental Engineering)
1978 B.S., University of Connecticut (Civil/Environmental Engineering)
1978 B.A., Fairfield University (Liberal Arts)