Hazardous Waste Law
Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne, LLP
From 2008 through 2012, Professor Brady, assisted by Pierre Andrieux, professor emeritus at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, has addressed the annual Intersol conference sponsored by the French Government and the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe. Intersol is one of the premiere European environmental conferences on groundwater and soil contamination, with scientists, US and EU government officials, EPA representatives, and foreign environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys and academics regularly in attendance. Professor Brady's PowerPoint presentations at Intersol 2011 and Intersol 2012, and his paper on "Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation in the United States: The Laissez-Faire Approach of the Federal Government and Varying State Regulations" are attached below.
Navigating Uncertain Waters (PDF) »
Intersol 2012 Presentation (PowerPoint) »
Intersol 2011Presentation (PowerPoint) »
Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation in the US »
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
St. Johns University, New York (Bachelor of Arts, 1968)
University of Denver (Master of Arts, 1974; Juris Doctor, 1977)
William J. Brady, an attorney in the 60 year old midwestern regional law firm, Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne, LLP, is a trial lawyer with more than 35 years experience in litigating environmental, insurance coverage and hazardous waste disposal cases on behalf of policyholders, including corporations, local governments, mining companies, aircraft manufacturers and other business and individual clients. His practice focuses upon releases of petroleum and petroleum based products, toxic chemicals, chlorinated solvents, heavy metals and radioactive substances. He has appeared in courts throughout the United States and in the Royal Courts of Justice in England, litigating against London Market insurance companies, Lloyd’s of London syndicates, and French, German, Swiss and other foreign excess and reinsurers underwriting coverage in the London Market.
Most recently, Professor Brady tackled perhaps the most dominant environmental regulatory issue of the day, “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking.” His article appears in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation in the United States: The Laissez-Faire Approach of the Federal Government and Varying State Regulations,14 Vermont J. Env. Law 39 (2013). Professor Brady also spoke at a national webinar sponsored by the environmental practice group of his law firm, Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne, entitled: Navigating Uncertain Waters: Regulatory Developments in Clean Water Act Enforcement, Stormwater Permitting, and Hydraulic Fracturing.
He has also testified in Congress on “Superfund” and environmental remediation issues, and has participated in conferences sponsored by the White House, the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Additionally he has been a frequent guest on “Law Cast,” a nationally broadcast US radio program dealing with insurance, tort and trial issues, and has served as a commentator locally for NBC News in Denver. Mr. Brady currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, teaching hazardous waste and toxic torts, insurance and environmental protection law in one of the premiere environmental and natural resources law programs in the United States. He also has taught in DU’s University College, Graduate Environmental Policy and Management Program.
Professor Brady is also widely published, having authored over twenty-five professional journal articles, including authoring the chapter on Environmental Insurance for the treatise, “Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property,” Bradford Publishing Company, Denver, Colorado, June 2007, and revised supplement, 2011 and the Professor’s Manual for the text, “The Regulation Of Toxic Substances And Hazardous Wastes,” University Casebook Series, Foundation Press, Eagan, Minnesota, September, 2002 (author of chapters on Superfund and toxic torts). He has also written and directed a film on due process of law, “The Cornerstone,” narrated by the late Raymond Burr (TV’s “Perry Mason”) wherein Mr. Brady also interviewed current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Colorado has been among the leading US jurisdictions recognizing the rights of policyholder’s to recover for their environmental liabilities. Mr. Brady represented, tried and argued on appeal for the prevailing policyholders in several of the leading environmental insurance coverage cases. He has also been active at several “extreme exposure” radiation sites, including the Rocky Flats (CO), Fernald (OH) and Savannah River (SC) nuclear weapons facilities where he won a major victory for former nuclear energy workers diagnosed with cancer. Active and on-going involvement in the defense of Superfund potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) includes the Lowry Landfill Superfund Site (Denver), the Heartland of America Superfund Site (Omaha), the Stead Solvent Site (Reno), F. E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyoming), several mining sites in the western United States and New Zealand, and assistance with compliance issues at the Rocky Flats Former Nuclear Weapons Facility Superfund Site (Golden). Mr. Brady also assisted on insurance coverage issues and assumed responsibility for settlement discussions in the Redfield Rifle Scopes litigation in Denver, a class action suit involving the largest release of groundwater contaminants/toxic gas/chlorinated solvents in US history.
Professor Brady has been a frequent contributor to the annual Intersol program held in Paris and Lyon, France, having presented in 2008 through 2012. He is also a member of the Intersol Scientific Committee.