Stephen P. Samuels - Frost Brown Todd LLC

Stephen P. Samuels

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 614-559-7259

Mr. Samuels has been practicing environmental law in Ohio, and regionally, for forty years.  He has served as trial counsel in hundreds of cases before the federal and Ohio state courts, the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, and the Reclamation and Oil and Gas Boards of Review; and has provided counsel and representation in myriad matters before USEPA, Ohio EPA, and the Ohio legislature.

Samuels has extensive experience in judicial and administrative compliance and enforcement proceedings, environmental and natural resource permits, and rulemaking on behalf of industry, local and state governments, developers and property owners, advocacy groups, and individuals in all major environmental programs, including the Clean Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA, NEPA, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Act and their state counterparts.

He assists private and public clients in defending administrative and judicial enforcement proceedings; obtaining and negotiating the terms of permits required by state and federal environmental and natural resource laws; defending and prosecuting private environmental claims; coordinates environmental assessments and environmental audits of property and businesses; prepares real estate purchase contracts, leases and other documents to ensure sound management of environmental risks in purchasing, selling and leasing property,  and conducting business. He also assists business owners, cities, developers, inventors, and contractors with the broad spectrum of issues associated with “green” development and business practices.  He has been engaged by other environmental counsel as an expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator. Mr. Samuels is a member of the environmental law committees of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association. 

Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Mr. Samuels was a partner with another large law firm; founded and was managing partner of a boutique environmental law firm in Columbus, Ohio; was Chief of the Court of Claims Section of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where he managed all litigation for money damages brought against the State of Ohio, its agencies, boards, hospitals and elected officials; was Trial Attorney and Litigation Supervisor of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the AGO, where he was engaged as senior counsel in hundreds of court and administrative proceedings in all environmental and natural resource program areas; and was in-house counsel to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Northeastern University School of LawJ.D. 1974University of MichiganBA 1970
North MarketAmerican Bar AssociationOhio State Bar AssociationColumbus Bar AssociationColumbus Department of HealthCapital University School of Law

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Confidential Client - Current defense of USEPA judicial enforcement action for alleged NPDES/CSO/SSO Clean Water Act violations.
  • Clermont County, Ohio - Hazardous waste permitting and litigation involving large TSD facility; defense of OEPA judicial enforcement for alleged NPDES violations at seven treatment plants.
  • City of Wooster - NPDES permitting and defense of CWA enforcement; negotiated solids handling/energy recovery/ generation contract.
  • Akron Thermal Limited Partnership - Defense of USEPA air enforcement proceeding; bankruptcy.
  • Confidential Client - Negotiated particulate emission credits.
  • Confidential Client - Served as expert witness in litigation over liability for RCRA clean-up.
  • Custodial Trustee - Negotiated with multiple states and USEPA regions governing investigation and remediation of numerous contaminated sites; private litigation regarding groundwater contamination.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation/Exxon Mobil Corporation - Defense of CERCLA claim.
  • City of Toledo - Defense of CERCLA claim; beneficial re-use of closed landfill.
  • Confidential client - Claim for reimbursement/indemnification for cleanup of hazardous waste site.
  • Successful administrative challenges to myriad OEPA-issued NPDES and other permits.
  • Defense of numerous administrative and judicial enforcement (including criminal) actions brought by Ohio EPA and USEPA.

Client Comments

"Mr. Samuels was of inmeasurable help in dealing with a state environmental agency problem that could have put my company out of business. His knowledge of the law, his ability to get the cooperation of the state regulatory authorities, and his creativity in crafting a workable solution was outstanding. Mr. Samuels is a capable and results oriented attorney that I recommend without reservation."

-John Sayle
Chairman of the Board/CEO
The Hall China Company

"Stephen Samuels is very knowledgeable and responsive to his clients. He manages complex situations and is a good strategist."

"Stephen Samuels is very knowledgeable and responsive. He understands not only the law, but also adds value because of an ability and desire to understand the subject matter. He uses the firm's support in other areas of the law judiciously."

"Mr. Steve Samuels is extremely thorough and organized, very articulate, and has a very credible presence in all aspects of the Environmental field. His opinions and recommendations are direct, concise, and provide the client with understandable and realistic views of the issues and possible outcomes."

-Donald Rector, P.E.
General Manager
Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District

"Steve Samuels has represented our interests especially in regard to environmental issues. He is extremely knowledgeable, attentive, honest ,and personable. He gets results! I would strongly endorse Stephen Samuels to other potential clients and consider him one of the best lawyers with whom I've been associated."

-Bob Weiler
The Robert Weiler Company

"Steve is not only very competent in his area of expertise, but he is one of the most practical attorneys that I know. Excellent choice to be included on your list."

"I have known Steve Samuels for over 15 years. He is an excellent attorney in the environmental and water/wastewater fields. I go to Steve with a wide variety of issues and projects, and recommend many of our clients to him. Steve is always looking out for the client by resolving matters rather than prolonging matters. He is easy to work with, very responsive, and timely, which makes for happy clients. Whenever any matter comes up with permitting, federal and state regulations, water/sewer agreements, and other water/sewer issues, Steve is the one attorney who will address the matter timely and effectively to the benefit of the client. I highly recommend Steve Samuels to anyone seeking assistance in these areas."

-Kerry Hogan
Vice President
URS Corporation

"We have worked with Mr. Samuels for a number of years through dealing with a variety of issues. Mr. Samuels brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He provides us with various options and discusses potential consequences of our decisions in a clear and precise manner. Any questions we have raised, he has promptly provided us with guidance and options. I would highly recommend Mr. Samuels to anyone."

-Donald Sherman
Interim Director of Ulities/Sanitary Engineer
Fairfield County Utilities

Office Location

One Columbus, Suite 2300
10 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3484
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Columbus-OH Metro Area
Stephen P. Samuels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Stephen P. Samuels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Stephen P. Samuels has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Counseling, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Permitting, Litigation, Permitting, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)
Litigation - Environmental