Mr. Knee has focused his practice in environmental law since 1978. His experience encompasses all facets of environmental law and litigation. He served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Environmental Task Force and in 1983, was appointed a Deputy Attorney General for the Environmental Task Force. In 1985, he entered the private practice of law and continues to specialize in environmental matters. Mr. Knee was appointed by former Governor Gaston Caperton to the Brownfields Task Force, a panel which promulgated rules governing the remediation of contaminated sites. In 2001, he was appointed to the Energy Task Force by the Honorable Robert Wise, Governor of the State of West Virginia. The West Virginia Energy Task Force focused on examining how to make West Virginia more competitive in the national energy market. He was awarded the 2007 Star Award for Service, Support and Commitment to Equal Justice from Legal Aid of West Virginia. In 2009, he was appointed to the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Working group to advise The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Legislature about carbon capture issues.
His extensive litigation experience includes mines and quarrying, landfills and industrial facilities, toxic torts, as well as water pollution issues, in particular, groundwater hydrology. Technically complex, these matters require an extensive understanding of geology, hydrology and chemistry, which he possesses.
Developing new power plants, wind projects and other large industrial facilities is a complex undertaking. These projects live and die at the intersection of law, science and politics. These projects are very controversial. Mr. Knee has assembled and led the teams pursuing such projects. Successfully navigating the regulatory and political maze to get these projects approved and built requites experience and organizational skill.
Mr. Knee has also defended number of environmental criminal cases. In addition to his environmental litigation experience, he has significant experience with the legislature in developing and lobbying environmental laws and regulations. He regularly counsels clients about environmental issues associated with property transactions, including due diligence considerations and allocation of environmental liabilities. He has also advised clients about environmental compliance and conducted audits, both environmental and liability. He has shepherded client projects through the environmental permitting process and assisted them in developing successful strategies to deal with controversial environmental issues.