Leonard A. Miller, of counsel, is a member of the Environment & Natural Resources Group and the International Group in our Washington, D.C. office. He is a pioneer in the environmental field as one of the first environmental lawyers in the U.S. government, working for the National Air Pollution Control Administration and then as part of the group of federal employees who started the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While at EPA, Mr. Miller created the structures of the modern-day regulation of air and water pollution, and designed the framework for all of the EPA permit programs. He headed the national water enforcement effort and handled ground-breaking and controversial enforcement cases from Alaska to Idaho to the Caribbean.
In private practice since 1980, Mr. Miller has represented some of the largest corporations in the world in solving their environmental, health and safety issues, and championed the cause of new companies from the United States, China, Korea and India entering the U.S. agricultural chemical market. He has also represented several industry groups and associations, notably the nylon industry and the asphalt pavement industry in matters requiring innovative solutions to complex environmental, health and safety issues. Mr. Miller has handled cases involving aldrin/dieldrin, PCBs, dioxins, lead and asbestos. He also has pursued patent infringement actions against some of the largest companies in the telecom industry.
Mr. Miller has advised Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, trade associations, international Swiss bankers and venture capitalists. He has a particular interest in the settlement-first approach to conflict resolution, involving coalition formation, alternative dispute resolution and mediation.
— Represents generic agricultural chemical companies entering the U.S. market (including the first Indian and Korean companies to be awarded a technical registration by the U.S. EPA), involving data compensation negotiations and arbitrations, business strategy, and product defense
Represented the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) trade association on the evaluation of the carcinogenicity of bitumen (asphalt) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Negotiated a landmark agreement to reduce worker exposure to fumes among the asphalt paving industry and construction labor unions, equipment manufacturers and the U.S. government (OSHA and NIOSH). This effort was recognized as a finalist for the Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government Award
Consulted with U.S., Australian and French companies about water privatization for both wastewater treatment plants and drinking water supplies, and evaluated opportunities in the U.S. marketplace
Represented a major chemical company for over a dozen years on all of its water pollution and hazardous waste cases around the country, and represented another of the largest manufacturing companies in the United States on citizen suits, wastewater control and PCB incineration
Court Admissions — U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States