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Partner - Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D.

Andrew N. Davis, Ph.D.

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Andrew Davis is a member of the firm's Management Committee, chair of the Environmental Practice Group and co-chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He counsels clients in transactional, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters under federal and state health and safety, hazardous waste, air and water pollution, site development and property transfer laws. With more than 30 years in legal practice and graduate degrees in marine science and ecology, Andrew is uniquely qualified to help private and public clients understand environmental risks, identify and develop solutions for managing those risks that matter, and — when appropriate — turn risks into opportunities.

A globally recognized thought leader, Andrew synthesizes complex scientific concepts and environmental laws and regulations, providing clear, actionable guidance to diverse national and international clients. He is the lead author of the “Oil Pollution Act” chapter of the Environmental Law Handbook published by Bernan Press and of the “Asbestos” chapter of the Environmental Law Practice Guide published by Matthew Bender. He wrote the chapter “From Fear to Greed: The Business of Environmental Law” for Environmental Law Deal Strategies published by Aspatore Books and was profiled recently on Law360.com.

Further, Andrew has written dozens of articles published in industry and legal journals and presented widely in a variety of international forums, most recently on issues such as environmental, health and safety considerations in light of COVID-19 and developing risk-management strategies related to evolving per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) requirements, among other topics. Andrew was selected to author the environmental, health and safety provisions (and associated practice notes) included in the model transaction documents (e.g., Asset Purchase Agreement, Stock Purchase Agreement) published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

Andrew advises clients across industries on environmental, health and safety issues that arise in virtually every area of business operations, including management and remediation of contaminated properties; environmental due diligence for business transactions; regulatory compliance and permitting; regulatory agency inspections; industrial and specialty chemical compliance and health hazard evaluations/product liability claims; environmental management systems (including ISO 14001); crisis management; enforcement and dispute resolution; and business strategy development. His practice philosophies are straightforward and results oriented: preventative action is better (and less costly) than reaction; “there is risk and there is risk that matters”; “begin with the end in mind”; “fail to plan, plan to fail”; and environmental lawyers and consultants can and should add value to a deal, not kill it.

As a result of his work on numerous high-profile matters — including collaborations with law firms and clients around the world through the Interlaw legal network — Andrew has gained a positive reputation for providing effective environmental support in domestic and cross-border energy, corporate and real estate transactions. In such matters, he regularly represents buyers, sellers, developers, banks and institutional lenders, energy companies and environmental engineering/consulting firms. Among other services, Andrew develops and negotiates deal documents and designs and implements environmental insurance and other risk/liability-transfer mechanisms (such as guaranteed fixed price and aligned-interest remediation contracting) to creatively manage environmental concerns and close deals involving contaminated properties, including in the bankruptcy context.

In the area of compliance counseling, Andrew assists manufacturers,  lenders/investors, public and private schools, colleges and universities, developers and property owners with site assessments, environmental auditing, reporting/disclosures to regulatory agencies, record keeping and other compliance obligations under various programs governing asbestos, PCBs, lead, radon, mold, emerging contaminants (such as PFAS) and other environmental, health and safety issues.

When accidents and other environmental crises arise, Andrew is regularly tapped to provide rapid, focused and result-driven counsel. He is known internationally for his work in the area of oil spills and natural resource damages and has represented some of the world's largest shipping companies and their insurers in numerous marine casualty events throughout the United States, including in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, the northern Atlantic (Buzzards Bay) and Pacific (Puget Sound) oceans, and in international waters. He provides strategic guidance regarding natural resource damage assessment and restoration requirements under US laws to the International Group of P&I Clubs, which provides marine liability cover (protection and indemnity) for approximately 90% of the world's ocean-going tonnage.

In addition to his work on traditional environmental matters, Andrew has significant experience in fast-developing and consequential issues such as climate change. He provides strategic advice to insurance and energy clients regarding potential risks and opportunities associated with global warming, including with respect to potential liability and new-product development, and counsels clients on SEC environmental disclosure obligations and forward-looking statements in financial filings and reporting.

Andrew serves as a director and in other advisory capacities for several environmental organizations, including the Blue Latitudes Foundation, where he has helped guide its initiatives, including the R2R (“Rigs to Reefs”) program that promotes the repurposing of decommissioned offshore infrastructures for the development and sustainability of healthy marine environments.

In addition to his numerous publications, he speaks regularly on a variety of environmental topics. Andrew is an adjunct professor of environmental science, law and policy at Connecticut College and a Fellow at the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.

Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers®, Environmental (2013–present)
  • Chambers USA, Environment (2007–2008; 2017–present)
  • EuroMoney, Legal Media Group Expert Guide, Leading Environmental Law Practitioner, Energy and Environmental (2018–present)
  • Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, Fellow (2013–present)
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Leadership Greater Hartford (Class of 1997)
  • George Washington Journal of International Law & Economics (1988–1990)
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Honor Society
  • Featured publications:
    • The Home Environmental Sourcebook: 50 Environmental Hazards to Avoid When Buying, Selling, or Maintaining a Home, Owl Books/Henry Holt & Co.
    • ISO 14001: Meeting Business Goals Through an Effective Environmental Management System, Bureau of Business Practice/Simon & Schuster

Teaching Positions

  • Connecticut College: Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science, Law and Policy (1994-present)

Professional Affiliations

  • Blue Latitudes Foundation, Board of Directors (2019–present)
  • Connecticut Brownfields Initiative, Advisory Board (2017–present)
  • Connecticut Sustainable Business Council, Founding Member (2017–present)
  • Strafford Publications, Inc., Environmental Law Advisory Board (2011–present)
  • University of Connecticut Real Estate Center Council, Executive Committee (2006–present)
  • Great Lakes Natural Resource Damage Assessment Advisory Group, Past Steering Committee Member (2007–2010)
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (2013–present)

Community Involvement

  • Town of Marlborough Lake Advisory Commission: Past Chairman (1992-2006)

Experience

$28+ Million Customized Secured Lender Environmental Insurance Policy Permits National Bank to Close Construction Loan
$16M Tax Credit Financing Construction to Permanent Loan
Closing of Commercial Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Loan Origination
Sale of Really Good Stuff, Inc.
Recapitalization for Construction Supply Industry Leader
Environmental Remediation of Contaminated River and Property
Defense of Class Action Lawsuits Seeking Damages Related to Oil Spill
Advised Global Insurer on Potential Climate Change-Related Risks, Liabilities and Opportunities
Advised Publicly Traded Companies on SEC Disclosures Regarding Environmental, Health & Safety Related Risks and Liabilities
Represent Real Estate Development Firm in $20 million Acquisition and Lease of 33-acre Former Clairol Hair Care Products Manufacturing Facility
Represent Marquee Tenant of a New York City Office Building with Respect to Investigation and Evaluation of Water Intrusion-Related Damage and Mold-Related Environmental, Health and Safety Concerns
Oil Spill Response, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Litigation Support
Property Disposition and Development Agreement Between Municipality and Native American Tribe for Development of Mixed Use Project
Represented Aerospace Products Manufacturer During Negotiation of $84 Million Stock Purchase Agreement and Provided Strategic Business Counseling Regarding Environmental Risk Transfer Strategies
Industrial and Specialty Chemical Compliance
Quarantine, Voluntary Disclosure and Corrective Action Plan
Completion of Domestic and Foreign Chemical Substance Notifications
Advised Manufacturer on Domestic and International Specialty Chemical Compliance Matters

Publications

December 1, 2020  Important Notice about EPA Compliance & Enforcement Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
October 8, 2020  Transfer Act Changes and Plans for New Release-Based Program -- Unfinished Business Remains
August 4, 2020  Safety, Health & Environmental Considerations for School Reopenings
June 24, 2020  Does Your Workforce's Use of Cloth Face Masks Satisfy OSHA Rules and Guidance?
May 1, 2020  If COVID Isn't Enough…Multi-Family Property Owners/Managers Beware: NYC Prioritizes Lead-Based Paint Enforcement
April 9, 2020  EPA Loosens Regulatory Requirements for Disinfectant Manufacturers
April 6, 2020  Connecticut Environmental Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 4, 2020  Pay Attention to PFAS
February 3, 2020  Recent Amendments to the CT Transfer Act: A Small Step in the Right Direction for Manufacturers
December 12, 2019  Governor Lamont Releases PFAS Task Force Action Plan
October 24, 2019  Considering Artificial Turf? Pause for PFAS First
September 9, 2019  PFAS: What's All the PFUSS?
August 20, 2019  Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey
June 10, 2019  Legislature Passes Key Amendments to the Connecticut Transfer Act
January 31, 2019  EPA Finalizes Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals - But is it Helpful?
January 18, 2017  Andrew Davis Published in Environmental Law Handbook
July 11, 2016  Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

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Events

February 9, 2021  Webinar: EBC Annual Emerging Contaminants Seminar: PFAS – The Forever Chemical
January 14, 2021  Webinar: EPA Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Initiative Regarding Ammonia Refrigeration at Ice Rinks
November 12, 2020  Webinar: PFAS at Metal-Plating Facilities: Environmental Management and Regulatory Developments
October 7, 2020  Emerging Contaminants Webinar: COVID-19 – An Environmental Perspective
October 7, 2020  Webinar: Per and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Workshop 2020
July 16, 2020  Webinar: Planning for Reopening Schools and School Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020   NHMA Webinar: Navigating Environmental Challenges
May 12, 2020  Webinar: PFAS in Connecticut: The Latest Developments
May 6, 2020  Webinar: EBC Connecticut Emerging Contaminants: Understanding the Toxicity, Analytical Issues & Regulatory Implications of PFAS
April 2, 2020  Webinar: Strategies for Workouts During COVID-19 Pandemic
October 22, 2019  PCB Contamination: Implications, Strategies & Solutions for the Built Environment
October 16, 2019  Due Diligence at Dawn
March 6, 2019  Brownfield Redevelopment: Challenges & Solutions for Commercial Real Estate Issues in Connecticut
November 1, 2018  Common (and not so common) Legal and Technical Issues Involving the Transfer Act
October 3, 2018  Webinar: Hot Topics in Environmental and Renewable Energy Law for Independent Schools
September 25, 2018  Natural Resources Symposium
April 11, 2018  Managing Environmental Risks with Environmental Insurance when Buying, Owning or Financing Commercial Real Estate
February 23, 2018  Hot Topics in Environmental, Construction and Renewable Energy
June 20, 2017  Environmental Risk & Litigation Conference: Update on Coverage Rulings and Risks
June 13, 2017  Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) 2017 Member Forum
May 17, 2017  International Oil Spill Conference
May 4, 2017  What LEPs Should Know About the Transfer Act
May 3, 2017  No Environmental Issue Left Behind: Challenges for Public Schools – Compliance Requirements, Construction Projects and Crisis Management
March 16, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practitioner
February 23, 2017  Webinar: Environmental Considerations for the Commercial Real Estate Practitioner - The Connecticut Transfer Act
April 21, 2016  The Evolution of Waste Sites: From Industrial Dreams to Wastelands to Valuable Brownfields

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Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1990
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.S. and Ph.D., 1983, 1987
  • Trinity College, B.S., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
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