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Natural Resources & Environment - Ohio
"Christopher is a very knowledgeable environment attorney."
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Environmental Litigation and Enforcement
Government Relations and Legislation
White-Collar Defense and Investigations
Energy and Utilities Law
State and Government Relations and Policy
Chris Jones provides firm clients with a seasoned perspective on environmental and regulatory issues, as well as a unique understanding of state and federal environmental regulatory agencies.
Chris has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental field, including six years as Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and four years as Chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section.
While Director of Ohio EPA, Chris was a two-term elected president of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), a national organization of all of the directors of state environmental agencies. In this role, he served as the primary liaison between states and the U.S. EPA.
This experience gives Chris a unique understanding of both state and federal environmental regulatory agencies and allows him to provide firm clients with a seasoned perspective on environmental and regulatory matters as well as government relations issues.
Chris has represented businesses and individuals in enforcement proceeding by both U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA. He has counseled clients on regulatory compliance issues related to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and both hazardous and solid waste issues under RCRA, and he has counseled clients on brownfield redevelopment projects. He has served as an expert witness in a number of cases, including for a brownfield developer in a dispute over a multi-million-dollar redevelopment.
Chris is former board chair and member of the Greater Ohio Policy Center and is the former chair of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter.
In the past Chris has served as chairman of the Lake Erie Commission, as a governor-appointed member of the Great Lakes Commission, as a member of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, the Ohio Water Development Authority and the State Power Siting Board. Chris was an original member of the Clean Ohio Council.
Chris is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations.
Greater Ohio Policy Center, Former Board Chair and Member
Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), Senior Member of the Board of Directors
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Nature Conservancy, Ohio Chapter, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees
Lake Erie Commission, Past Chairman
Great Lakes Commission, Former Governor-Appointed Member
Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, Former Member
Ohio Water Development Authority, Former Member
State Power Siting Board, Former Member
Clean Ohio Council, Former Original Member
Expert in these Jurisdictions
Industry Sector Expertise
Manufacturing and Industrial
Energy and Utilities
Private and Family-Owned Businesses
Georgetown University Law Center
0 - 1990
Ohio Wesleyan University
0 - 1979