J. Michael Showalter

Professional Biography

Mike is a litigator focusing on business and public policy disputes. He is well-versed in decades-old statutes and regulations that govern rapidly evolving issues such as fracking, superfund remediation, and carbon capture sequestration. Mike has extensive experience leading litigation teams in cases involving routine business disputes to bet-the-company disputes spanning multiple courts.

While much of his recent work involves disputes arising under environmental statutes including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act, Mike has represented parties involved in commercial, class action, toxic tort, and regulatory litigation in courts throughout the United States. His past clients span individuals; municipalities; trade associations; non-governmental organizations; and businesses engaged in industries including manufacturing, power generation and transmission, and the financial and insurance sectors. Mike has worked with hundreds of experts in fields ranging from history and economics to environmental engineering and risk assessment. He has resolved claims where no complaint has ever been filed, clear through managing issues related to the implementation of decades-old consent decrees.

Mike’s beginnings in a West Virginia steel town provide him with a unique perspective when litigating headline­-grabbing cases involving large industrial sites. Not only does he understand the details of each case, he can distill complicated facts into compelling arguments that carry weight with both courts and the broader communities where his clients live and operate. He works with individuals and organizations to manage legal and reputational risks associated with their operations.

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