Christopher W. Boyle, P.E., is a partner and chair of the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. He focuses his practice on environmental law, construction and land use planning. As a licensed professional engineer, Christopher applies his education and practical experience in construction, engineering, contract administration for civil engineering projects, including water supply and sanitary sewer and treatment facilities, to his client's business matters.
Transactional. Christopher evaluates the environmental liabilities and helps quantify the risks associated with corporate, real estate and financing transactions. For a single-site property deal, private equity platforms, multi-million dollar Brownfield developments or multi-billion dollar international manufacturing transactions, Christopher assists clients in developing and implementing the appropriate scope of environmental due diligence for both divestitures and acquisitions. Combining his experience in litigation, land development, construction and environmental investigations and remedies, Christopher counsels clients on the structuring of deals, preparing transactional documents, allocating business risks, negotiating insurance policies and matters related to post-closure environmental compliance, investigations and remedial activities. Christopher works in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale play negotiating contracts to support drilling and transmission lines and negotiates gas leases.Where appropriate, Christopher negotiates with the federal and state agencies to secure liability protections and funding related to Brownfield's redevelopments.
Regulatory, Land Use and Construction. As a licensed professional engineer and former contract administrator with design and field engineering experience in housing and large scale civil project construction, Christopher counsels clients, including public and private companies, industrial manufacturers, developers and lenders, on contract matters, risk, compliance and the economic impact of federal and state environmental regulations. Christopher has assisted on issues involving permitting for large manufacturing facilities, the siting of environmental/energy projects, internal management and audit initiatives as well as issues that arise from the day-to-day operations. Christopher handles permitting and compliance matters related to waste handling and disposal, air and water pollution issues, storm water permitting and other issues involving storage tanks, wetlands, asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.
Environmental Disputes and Enforcement. Christopher has extensive experience in coordinating the crisis management of high risk, public exposure situations for commercial and residential settings including potential exposures to lead laden dust, asbestos, indoor air pollution and contaminated drinking water. Christopher regularly represents clients in indemnification disputes and engages in state and federal negotiations on both private and multi-party levels in complex environmental enforcement and litigation matters. He has represented clients in permit enforcement appeals before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, and in Superfund litigation involving both defensive prosecution of private party cost recovery access. Christopher serves as special counsel to technical steering committees and often is involved in overseeing the economic evaluation of engineered resolutions for remedial investigations, feasibility studies, risk assessments and remedial action plans.
Additional Activities. Former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Environmental Law Committee - 2003 and 2004.
In General. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in May 1982 and master's degree in May 1988 from Villanova University. He is a member of the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, Chi Epsilon, and the National Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi. Christopher also studied in Drexel University’s MBA program from September 1982 to March 1985 and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in May 1991.
Prior to practicing law, Christopher worked for more than six years with the engineering consulting firm O’Brien & Gere, Inc. and advanced to the level of Senior Project Engineer in the Water Resources Department. Christopher is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and he is admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E-50 on Environmental Assessments and is a frequent lecturer on the practical application of environmental law to real estate, construction and manufacturing interests.