Christopher B. ClareChristopher Clare Clark Hill
Christopher B. Clare
Christopher B. Clare is a Senior Attorney in the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C., office. Chris concentrates his practice on environmental litigation, regulatory compliance matters and business transactions involving environmental issues.
Chris regularly advises clients on complex regulatory matters, including obtaining and maintaining liability protections for entities purchasing and remediating brownfields properties under state voluntary cleanup programs; obtaining and complying with permits issued under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and analogous state laws; and complying with a host of other environmental laws such as the Toxic Substances Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and analogous state laws. Chris also assists clients in performing environmental due diligence and negotiating environmental provisions in property and asset purchase agreements, access agreements, and liability transfer agreements.
Chris represents clients in a wide array of state and federal litigation matters. He has assisted in representing potentially responsible parties in numerous actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and has assisted companies in resolving numerous enforcement actions brought by USEPA and state environmental agencies. Chris has been involved in numerous cases of national significance, including the multidistrict litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal litigation and agency proceedings concerning the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, and federal and state litigation concerning the Flint, Michigan water supply. Chris also guides clients through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cost recovery actions and appeals.
Chris graduated from the Duke University School of Law in 2009. Prior to joining Clark Hill, Chris was an associate specializing in environmental and governmental law for a regional firm in Charlotte, N.C., where he assisted in all aspects of litigation, performed extensive environmental due diligence of domestic and international companies and facilities, and assisted clients with general compliance and permitting matters. Prior to that, Chris was an assistant city attorney for the City of Charlotte where he litigated a wide range of issues on behalf of the city.
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina in 2006 where he majored in chemical engineering.