Biography

Guiding clients through complex regulatory issues and high stakes litigation.

Andrew ("Drew") Silton's practice encompasses a range of environmental matters that focus primarily on issues arising under the nation’s water quality and pesticides laws.  He represents clients from a variety of industries and handles matters that span regulatory counseling, enforcement defense, and litigation.  He is currently the Deputy Chair of the firm’s Water Practice Group.

Drew works closely with the firm’s clients to navigate a variety of environmental issues and develop compliance solutions that fit their business needs.  Drew’s experience includes:

  • Counseling data center operators on a variety of obligations under the Clean Water Act relating to the discharge of wastewater and storage of petroleum products.
  • Assisting clients with the negotiation and renewal of NPDES permits.
  • Scoping and executing comprehensive compliance audits.
  • Defending clients in cases of first impression brought under the Clean Water Act.
  • Bringing arbitrations to obtain compensation from competitors who have relied on clients’ pesticide data to obtain registration.
  • Defending clients in toxic tort litigation.
  • Challenging local ordinances on preemption grounds.
  • Defending clients in state and federal enforcement actions, including the negotiation of consent orders and consent decrees.
  • Representing clients in multiple aspects of the cost recovery and cleanup processes under the nation’s hazardous site cleanup statutes, including the negotiation of settlements allocating response costs.

Drew also contributes to the firm’s AgTech Resource Center by providing timely updates on the latest developments in biotechnology regulation.

Prior to entering private practice, Drew grained experience working for the government and tackling emerging issues relating to adaptation to climate change.  Immediately after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Drew served as a special law clerk at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Philadelphia, where he prepared cost recovery and enforcement actions under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). During law school, Drew also worked on legal and policy issues surrounding adaption to climate change. Drew served as a research assistant at Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center, where he researched the status of policies designed to adapt infrastructure to climate change. Drew also served as a student policy analyst at the Harrison Institute for Public Law's Policy Clinic, where he assessed local governments’ authority to employ land use regulations to address climate change impacts.

Education

  • University of Virginia  (B.A., 2008)
    • Biology and History
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Echols Scholar
  • Georgetown University  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
    • Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit