Paul helps clients navigate increasingly complex environmental requirements governing global supply chains and products across their life-cycle.
He works with leading companies to anticipate and comply with product-related environmental requirements in the U.S. and in key markets worldwide. He has represented U.S. business interests in the negotiation and implementation of regional and global environmental agreements that drive national legislation and the circular economy.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Paul advises companies on compliance with expanding EPR laws governing the management of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, batteries, medical devices, unwanted pharmaceuticals, and plastics packaging in the U.S. and in other countries. He has advised clients on the successful launch of regional and global take-back programs.
Basel Convention and Circular Economy
Paul serves as a strategic advisor to companies on new circular economy initiatives with a focus on reuse of products and materials recovery. He regularly advises on requirements governing transboundary shipments of electronic products for reuse, repair, and recycling. For more than two decades, he has represented clients in the electronics sector on the negotiation and implementation of international waste shipment controls and trade bans arising under the Basel Convention, OECD Council Decision, and U.S. bilateral agreements.
Market Access Legislation
Paul provides compliance advice on market access requirements for products subject to RoHS measures and material ban legislation, energy efficiency mandates, product design requirements, and labeling.
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.
Paul is active with many of the country’s leading conservation organizations. He serves on the board of the Conservation Fund which since its founding has protected over 8 million acres of natural lands and working landscapes. He is a former board chair of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Chesapeake Conservancy. He has also served on the boards of the American Bird Conservancy and World Environment Center. He has advised non-profit clients on protecting whales, establishing nature reserves, advancing global protections for albatrosses, and sustainable fisheries management. He also serves on the NatureServe strategic advisory council.
- Providence College (B.A., 1986)
- American University (J.D., 1990)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) Environmental Committee, Co-Chair
- The Environmental Forum (ELI) Advisory Board
- American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL)
- American Society of International Law (ASIL)
- NatureServe, Advisor
- Washington College of Law at American University (Washington, DC; Geneva, Switzerland), former adjunct professor
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America®, a Best Lawyers publication, Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington, DC (2019)
- The Best Lawyers in America®, a Best Lawyers publication, recognition in Environmental Law (2013-2020)
- Chambers and Partners - USA, ranked Band 3 in Environmental Law (2016-2020)
- Who's Who Legal, part of Law Business Research Ltd., recognition in Environmental Law (2016-2019)
- Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, Washington, DC, Super Lawyer (2009-2019)
- The Legal 500, recognition in Environmental Law (2013)