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Jerry D. Worsham II

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Jerry Worsham supports clients in environmental compliance matters, related litigation, and natural resource development.

His experience includes: Climate Change and Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) including comment on issues and regulation development; approvals and permits for natural resource development; litigation defense on numerous cases involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); civil and criminal liability defense on environmental matters; ASTM Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments coordination; emergency incident responses; Prospective Purchaser Agreement negotiations; creation of Conservation Easements; and due diligence associated with mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

Jerry reviews and comments on federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations on a regular basis and represents clients before federal and state environmental agencies.

Education

J.D., University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1988
M.B.A., Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, 1982
B.S.S., Cornell College, 1978

Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1989-Present

Recognized “Environmental Specialist” by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, 2000-Present

Southwest Super Lawyers, 2017-2019

Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Top 100 Registry, 2019

Who’s Who Top Lawyer, 2015

Arizona Finest Lawyer, 2014-2015

Arizona Top Lawyer, 2010

Memberships

Environmental Bankers Association’s (EBA) -Environmental, Social and Governance Committee

Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) – Climate Change Working Group

Associated General Contractors of America, Arizona Chapter, Appointed Member of the AGC’s National Environmental Forum Steering Committee, 2017-Present

Society of Petroleum Engineers, Member, 1980-Present

Environmental Bankers Association, 2021-Present

Governor’s Mining Advisory Council, Board Member, 2016

American Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

State Bar Licenses

Texas, Arizona, District of Columbia, New Mexico

Organizations

  • Barrow Neurological Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2016-Present
  • Lou Grubb Friends’ Fore Golf & Gala, Committee Member, 2016-Present

Some of Jerry’s recent matters include:

  • Commenting to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Climate Change and Green House Gas (GHG) disclosures.
  • Negotiating a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning alleged violations of the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule including a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP).
  • Negotiating a Tolling Agreement and a Consent Decree with the EPA for a CERCLA site.
  • Conducting environmental due diligence associated with a solar energy project.
  • Successfully defending the owner of an apartment complex against allegations by tenant of mold contamination.
  • Completing a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) application with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for a commercial property.
  • Obtaining a Prospective Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the ADEQ for a new apartment complex within an Arizona Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF) site.
  • Remediating former automobile maintenance and repair facility for future sale, lease or financing options.
  • Remediating a shopping center with contamination by a former dry cleaner tenant.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Jerry speaks and writes on legal and environmental issues. He serves as a guest lecturer on Hazardous Waste Regulation for Arizona State University’s Fulton School of Engineering and Polytechnic School of Environmental and Resource Management. Some of his recent articles and presentations include: