David Shorr serves as partner in charge of Lathrop & Gage’s Jefferson City and Columbia, Mo. offices. Mr. Shorr is a past director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the State of Missouri’s environmental protection, state parks, and natural resources agency. He served on the cabinet of Missouri’s late Governor Mel Carnahan as well as Missouri Director of Environmental Quality for former Attorney General John Ashcroft when he was the governor of Missouri.
Currently, Mr. Shorr represents clients in regulatory matters in the environmental, energy, and utilities arenas and handles complex cases involving the scope of legal authority and government public policy. He is a noted authority on water, including ecological impacts of the Missouri River basin, wastewater, air and solid, hazardous and infectious waste issues, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Mr. Shorr is an appointed stakeholder representing Waterway Industries on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC), a committee established by Congress to address environmental and endangered species issues on the Missouri River. He has worked on issues relating to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers for over two decades.
Mr. Shorr is a registered Missouri lobbyist and assists clients with legislative strategies.
Before his tenure with the Department of Natural Resources, Mr. Shorr served as assistant general counsel for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District which is the wastewater treatment agency for the greater Cleveland, Ohio region. He provided representation in all areas of the law, including environmental, labor, real estate, public law, administrative and collection matters. He also has experience as an environmental consultant with engineer firms, where he designed regional water and wastewater programs for municipal corporations and environmental strategies for developing subdivisions.