Thursday, March 19, 2015

Michael C. Gross joins Post & Schell's enviro practice

Post & Schell announces that Michael C. Gross has joined the firm in its Environmental Practice Group, resident in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office.
Mr. Gross, formerly a partner at the  boutique environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP where he began his legal career, represents clients in a wide array of environmental matters including: the facilitation of environmental due diligence; contractual allocation of environmental risks and liabilities; brownfields redevelopment; site remediation; regulatory compliance; responding to environmental enforcement actions; and environmental insurance.

His national client base includes industrial entities, commercial and residential real estate developers, energy producers, and municipalities. Mr. Gross has specialized brownfields redevelopment experience in the Lehigh Valley, having represented multiple purchasers of former Bethlehem Steel Site parcels within the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park.
Established in 2014, Post & Schell’s Environmental Practice Group has grown to five attorneys focused on sophisticated, transaction-oriented and regulatory compliance environmental counseling across a wide range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. The Group’s national client base comes from industries with complex regulatory schemes and significant potential liabilities that benefit from a practical, business-oriented approach to environmental issues. Representative clients include: private equity funds, real estate developers, investors and managers, municipalities, as well as energy, chemical, health care, and manufacturing companies.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Gross was a senior legislative aide on Capitol Hill and recently served on a committee advising Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on environmental policy issues during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. He also served on former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell's environmental policy transition team, and the Vapor Intrusion Legal Task Group of ASTM International. The latter included crafting a uniform standard for assessing vapor intrusion risks in commercial real estate transactions. These experiences provide him with a unique perspective to counsel clients in regulatory compliance matters, representing clients before government agencies in environmental permitting and enforcement matters. Since 2013, he has been listed inPennsylvania Super Lawyers/Philadelphia Magazine for environmental law and was selected as a “Rising Star” by the same publication in environmental law in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Mr. Gross is a 2000 graduate of Temple University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal. He also holds an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, and B.A. from Colorado College.
He serves as Vice Chair of the Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. He and his wife, the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a leading national security services provider, live with their two children in Merion, PA.
Post & Schell has fully staffed offices in Washington, D.C., Princeton, NJ, and Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Allentown, Pa. 

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