Vincent Atriano is an environmental trial lawyer with extensive experience in the defense of governmental enforcement actions and citizen suits, response cost litigation, indemnification claims, toxic tort class actions, imminent and substantial endangerment litigation and the defense of criminal environmental claims.
He has broad expertise in matters involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Ohio Voluntary Action Program, as well as the US Occupational Health & Safety Administration Act (OSHA).
He regularly counsels clients with respect to environmental compliance and permitting, due diligence and internal corporate investigations. He also has served as lead trial lawyer in cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, wrongful death, mechanics’ liens and prevailing wage disputes.
Vince is a recipient of Business First’s 2003 Forty Under 40 Award and was elected graduation speaker of the Leadership Columbus class of 1999. He has lectured on cross-examination at US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Enforcement and Information Center in Denver at the invitation of the US Department of Justice.
Vince was the recipient of American Foundry Society’s Environmental Health & Safety Division’s Best Presentation Award for his CERCLA zero allocation judgment presentation at the AFS Environmental Health & Safety Conference held in Milwaukee in 2002. Vince is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.
- University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, contributing editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 1988
- The Ohio State University, B.A., with honors, with distinction, 1985
Admissions : Ohio, 1988
- U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
- U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
- Arguing successfully before the Ohio Supreme Court a landmark prevailing wage case in which the Court ruled 7-0 in favor of our clients, a board of county commissioners and county improvement corporation. State ex rel. Northwestern Ohio Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council v. Ottawa Cty. Improvement Corp. 2009-Ohio-2747 (June 17, 2009). Also prevailed on behalf of the county at trial and before the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Defending successfully a large petroleum refinery in a class action for toxic tort property damage claims arising out of widespread historic benzene and other petroleum contamination. City of Neodesha, KS v. BP Corp. (Dist. Ct. Wilson Cty. 2007).
- Prosecuting successfully a RCRA citizen suit on behalf of a lender client resulting in a permanent injunction requiring the cleanup of a client’s Atlanta hotel property, award of our attorney fees and a US$1 million settlement. College Park Holdings, LLC v. Ractrac Petroleum, Inc. (N.D. Ga. 2002).
- Defending successfully a major steel company against claims for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief based upon RCRA imminent and substantial endangerment, public nuisance and blight brought by the city of Buffalo and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. LTV Steel Co., Inc. v. City of Buffalo (W.D.N.Y. 2002).
- Defeating a state of Ohio motion for preliminary injunction action against a railroad with respect to severe petroleum contamination in one of the largest underground storage tank enforcement cases ever filed by the state. State of Ohio ex rel. Montgomery v. J.W. Kelley (C.P. Huron Cty. 1997).
- Defending successfully a major US steel company in employee suit alleging violation of Sec. 301 of Labor Management Relations Act on motion to dismiss. Blake v. Bethlehem Steel Corp. & International Steel Group Inc. (N.D. Ind. 2003).
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