Biography

Paul advises clients on market access, global supply chains, and circular economy matters, worldwide.

As regulatory mandates for products expand across their life-cycle, Paul helps clients reduce business and enforcement risks in key markets across the globe.

He counsels on the negotiation and implementation of regional and global environmental agreements, with a particular emphasis on treaties and related legislation impacting electronics, chemicals, and consumer product companies.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Compliance

Paul advises companies on compliance with expanding EPR laws governing the management of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, batteries, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other regulated products in the United States and other global markets.

Basel Convention and Circular Economy

Paul serves as a strategic advisor to companies on new circular economy initiatives with a focus on logistics and legal requirements governing the international shipment of products for reuse, repair, and recycling. For more than two decades, he has advised clients in the electronics, recycling, and chemicals sectors on evolving controls and trade bans arising under the Basel Convention, a global agreement governing the transboundary movement of wastes and recyclables.

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Material Ban Legislation

Fluent in market access requirements for products subject to RoHS measures and material ban legislation, Paul is a trusted adviser to companies manufacturing electronics, toys, medical devices, and consumer products.

Responsible Sourcing

Paul also advises a diverse group of companies on due diligence, supply chain communication, and disclosure requirements related to the responsible sourcing of timber, conflict minerals, and other raw materials.

Professional Service

Paul serves on the boards of several leading conservation non-profit organizations, including the Conservation Fund. He is also a former board member of the Environmental Law Institute (board chair), the American Bird Conservancy, the Chesapeake Conservancy, and World Environment Center, and former adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington, D.C., Geneva). His environmental practice has been prominently recognized in Chambers USA and other leading publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers.

Education

  • Providence College  (B.A., 1986)
  • American University  (J.D., 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • World Conservation Union (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law