KIM K. BURKE serves as the partner responsible for Taft's Ohio Environmental Practice. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980. After working for the Bureau of Legal Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Mr. Burke became associated with a Pittsburgh law firm specializing in litigation and environmental matters. In 1981 Mr. Burke joined the Taft law firm, where he has concentrated in a variety of environmental law areas, including Superfund defense and negotiation, development and implementation of hazardous substance remedial investigation and corrective measure plans, defense of toxic tort and other civil and criminal claims, real estate transfers, acquisitions and divestitures, government funding, including stimulus and brownfields, environmental insurance litigation, air permits and administrative proceedings before state and federal environmental agencies. Mr. Burke also counsels clients as part of Taft's Sustainability Initiative, including design, construction, engineering, permitting, operation and maintenance of sustainable buildings. Mr. Burke was an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he taught a course on advanced problems in environmental law. He also served through 1991 as chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Environment and Occupational Safety and Health Committee, was a member of the City of Cincinnati Environmental Advisory Council, has served as legal representative of the City of Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee. He is past chairman of the Cincinnati Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and was formerly chairman of the legal affairs subcommittee for the Hamilton County Advisory Committee on Chemical Emergency Response. Mr. Burke is a member of the SARA Title III Local Emergency Planning Committee and also is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Master Level. Mr. Burke has been named to the Woodward-White listing of The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy Business magazine. He has been honored with inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer by the publishers of Cincinnati Magazine and Law & Politics magazine. He is the recipient of the 2015 National Law Journal's Trailblazer Award for Energy & Environment. Mr. Burke has represented clients in numerous environmental litigation, Superfund, RCRA and cleanup matters in more than 25 states around the country.
Chevron Environmental Management Co. v. Helena Chemical Company, 2001 WL 1530355 (N.D. Miss. 2001), appeal dismissed, 5th Cir. Court of Appeals (2005). — Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed appeal from summary judgment entered in favor of client in pesticide contamination case
Harry Stevens Farms, Inc. et al. v. Wormald Americas, Inc., Helena Chemical Company, et al., 2007 WL 3217525 (E.D. Ark. 2007), reversed and remanded, 571 F.3d 820 (8th Cir. 2009) — Groundwater and soil contamination case brought against client by nearby farm
Kuck Trucking Inc. v. Brenntag West, et al, 2009 MT 328N — Montana Supreme Court: affirmed summary judgment in favor of client in groundwater contamination case