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					                                      John E. Collins
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                                      With a background in environmental compliance and testing, John’s
                                      practice revolves around a variety of environmental matters including
                                      CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions, state agency
                                      enforcement actions, and air, water and hazardous waste regulatory
                                      compliance matters.
                                      He has conducted internal investigations and advises clients on permits
                                      issues, environmental issues related to real estate transactions, and
                                      OSHA matters. John develops remediation strategies and negotiates
                                      complex remedies with state and federal environmental regulators. He
                                      has negotiated consent decrees and participated in PRP groups
                                      performing work pursuant to administrative orders and consent decrees.
St. Louis, MO                         John also conducts environmental and endangered species siting and
Direct: 314.480.1644                  permitting for renewable energy projects, such as solar developments
Fax: 314.480.1505                     and wind farms. John serves as a member of the firm’s Recruiting
john.collins@huschblackwell.com       Committee.
                                      Before joining the firm, John was a technical manager at Schultz Co. He
Practices                             also served as the laboratory manager of an environmental testing
Environmental & Natural Resources     facility, where he established a Quality Assurance Department, created a
Environmental & Chemical Regulation   company safety program, and developed new methods of environmental
                                      analysis. While in law school, John served on the Public Law Review and
                                      received the Academic Excellence Award for Conflict of Laws.


                                      Representative Experience
                                         Represent a multinational company on CERCLA cost recovery and
                                         contribution claims at a Superfund site involving numerous parties
                                         and complex technical matters
                                         Successfully challenged Superfund oversight costs alleged by U.S.
                                         EPA resulting in over a $500,000 reduction in the amount owed by
                                         the client
                                         Performed environmental siting and permitting compliance review for
                                         the largest Missouri wind farm to date
                                         Conducted internal investigation for global manufacturer concerning
                                         several possible Clean Air Act violations and negotiated settlement
                                         with federal and state agencies resulting in a nominal fine compared
                                         to potential six-figure penalty amount


                                      Professional Associations & Memberships
                                         The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
                                         Environmental Law Institute
                                         Illinois State Bar Association
                                         The Missouri Bar
                                         St. Louis Air and Waste Management Association




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Civic Involvement
   Boy Scouts of America
   Chesterfield Youth Football Association, Football Coach


Admissions
   Missouri, 2004
   Illinois, 2004


Education
   J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 2003
   Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
   M.A., Management, Webster University, 1999
   B.S., Chemistry, University of Iowa, 1986


Publications & Presentations
   Co-Author, “US V. Magnesium Corp. - Don't Panic, Environmental Law 360,” September 2010
   Co-author, “Pursuing Natural Resource Damages on a Contingency Fee Basis – Implications of New Jersey’s
   Program for Illinois and Missouri,” The St. Louis Bar Journal, Summer 2004




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