For more than two decades, David Roth has worked to understand how environmental law impacts his clients. Identifying problems is only a part of what he does; what he most enjoys, and what his clients value, is finding solutions. For David, practicing law is about helping real people and businesses to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. His effective, problem-solving efforts have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® (“Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 for Litigation-Environmental, Birmingham), Mid-South Super Lawyers, the American Bar Association (past chair of the Environmental Committee of the Business Law Section), and by his appointment to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Air Toxics Committee and his participation as a member of the ASTM E1527-05 (Phase I) Task Force. He also writes and speaks frequently on the topic of environmental law (see more here).
David believes his early career prepared him to provide effective, commonsense guidance. He spends as much time on plant floors as he does talking with company management. He has handled environmental matters across the country—from California to New Jersey, from Wisconsin to New Mexico. He has advised banks on environmental issues related to foreclosures, drafted waste disposal agreements, reviewed environmental representations and warranties, taken contaminated sites through brownfield programs, negotiated consent decrees with federal and state regulatory agencies, and helped prepare Title V permit applications. In 2010 alone, he was the primary environmental counsel on transactions totaling more than $1 billion.
David also has significant experience representing corporations and individuals in environmental criminal cases. From 2004 through 2006, he was part of a team that defended a company in a six-week trial in connection with alleged criminal Clean Water Act violations. Following a government verdict, the case was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which reversed the convictions. Then, from 2007 through 2009, he helped represent an individual defendant in a closely watched case in federal court in Missoula, Montana. At the time, the government described the case as the largest environmental criminal case in U.S. history. After more than 10 weeks of presenting evidence, the government admitted it could not make a case against David’s client, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.