Lawrence E. Bradford brings a unique background and
perspective to his practice given his technical training as an industrial
engineer and his work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).
As a former Associate Regional Counsel
with EPA, Mr. Bradford has broad experience in enforcement and regulatory
issues related to air and the remediation of contaminated properties. During
his time with EPA, he was lead agency counsel on multi-million dollar CAA and
CERCLA cases, and a member of EPA’s Brownfield Grant Committee.
Mr. Bradford’s legal practice involves
large, multi-party Superfund sites, including sediment dredging at Superfund
mega-sites. He has represented clients involved with the Diamond Alkali
Superfund Site in New Jersey, which includes the Lower Passaic River Study
In addition to his Superfund practice,
Mr. Bradford has handled a variety of legal matters on a national scale,
- Reviewing the environmental liabilities associated with complex corporate and real estate transactions;
- Negotiating a global settlement involving a manufacturer’s alleged Prevention of Significant Deterioration permitting program and Title V violations under the CAA;
- Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, including environmental escrow agreements, indemnification agreements and professional service agreements;
- Overseeing the investigation, monitoring and remediation during numerous complex property cleanups;
- Representing parties in cleanup-cost recovery litigation;
- State and federal regulatory filings and deadlines regarding the cleanup and remediation of contaminated property; and
- Counseling major international manufacturers of pesticide products in regard to their obligations under both state and federal regulations.
Mr. Bradford also assists major national, regional and local developers and property owners in obtaining local and state land use approvals and permits, including the preparation of site plan and variance applications. He represents clients seeking the adoption and implementation of redevelopment plans, as well as the preparation and negotiation of redeveloper agreements.
While in law school, Mr. Bradford was
an editor of the Alabama Civil Rights
& Civil Liberties Law Review, served as a student attorney in the
Community Development Clinic and participated in the Environmental Law Society.
He studied Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West
Point prior to receiving his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University
of Alabama, where he was involved in the Engineering Cooperative Education
Program. He received his M.B.A. from Auburn University.
Prior to law school, Mr. Bradford
worked as a product-development engineer, and later as a product manager, for
an international manufacturer of products for the electrical utility industry.
He has patented four inventions currently used by electrical utility companies.