W. Patrick Stallard
Pat Stallard is a member of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Service Group in the Louisville office. His practice concentrates in the air, water and waste programs, with substantial experience in programmatic permitting at both the agency level and on appeal, enforcement actions, counseling, rulemaking, advocacy, and legislative actions. Pat has considerable experience in remediation matters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) and similar state statutes imposing liability for hazardous substance releases, representing clients at a number of nationally significant contaminated sites across the country. Pat’s work focuses on helping clients proactively prepare for and cost-effectively address environmental requirements in a manner that is, to the greatest degree practicable, consistent with the client’s business plan and available financial resources.
Represented an international construction firm in the post-construction phase of a very large inner-city commercial building following discovery that in excess of 65,000 tons of contaminated soils excavated from the building site had been mistakenly disposed by a project subcontractor at a landfill permitted to accept only clean fill. At the time of discovery of the contaminated soils, a year after completion of construction, it was determined that the soils were disbursed throughout the 100 acre disposal site and at varying depths. The client elected to remove all contaminated soils rather than cap/manage in place due to the location of the disposal site in an area of frequent flooding from a nearby river. A clean closure was accomplished and settlement among several parties for the remediation costs was achieved without resort to litigation.
Represented a large manufacturer of chemical additives for the rubber and plastics industries in complying with the requirements of the RCRA program, including RFA/RFI, corrective action and the preparation of a comprehensive risk management plan.
Represented two large bourbon distillery companies that had releases into adjoining waters of hundreds of thousands of gallons of bourbon resulting from warehouse fires; assisted with immediate response actions and negotiations with state and federal enforcement agencies.
Represented several potentially responsible parties (PRPs), including two of the largest contributors, in a Superfund removal action initiated by USEPA, at a former hazardous waste incinerator site that had operated from the 1950’s through 2003. The removal action consisted of removal and disposal of containerized chemical waste, and demolition and disposal of the large commercial incinerators and incinerator buildings. Stites & Harbison served on the Negotiating Committee, the Steering Committee, and the Allocation Committee for various PRPs from the initial negotiations with USEPA leading to a consent decree for the removal, through the takeover of removal work by the PRPs at the site, through negotiations with the state agency regarding a permanent remedy.
Represented a large bulk chemical transporter named as a generator at a Superfund site that was formerly a recycling, storage and disposal facility covering 150 acres that operated from 1964 through 1997. Contaminants of concern include acid and caustic compounds, solvents, and gasoline and crude oil tank bottoms. The remedial investigation and feasibility study have been completed, as well as a treatability study documenting solidification and landfilling of the source material can be an effective remedy.
Represented several companies among 87 Superfund PRPs named as generators at a site that was purportedly a nonhazardous waste transfer facility covering nine acres that operated from late 2002 to April 2004 when the operator abandoned approximately 13,000 drums and totes, tanker trucks and other containers at the site. Initial removal activity by USEPA included hazard categorization sampling that indicated that much of the containerized waste was hazardous. The PRPs entered into a consent decree and completed the removal action in 2008. In 2010, USEPA named additional PRPs, including other Stites & Harbison clients, in an effort to collect its past costs that were not charged to the initial PRP group.
Louisville/Metro Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Member, Former Chairman
Greater Louisville, Inc., Environmental Committee, Air Toxics Task Force
Brightside Foundation, Board Member and Treasurer
Louisville Legal Aid Society, Project H.E.L.P.
KMAC Museum, Donors Circle
University of Kentucky College of Law
University of Kentucky
Prior to joining Stites & Harbison in 1983, Pat had an active general civil practice beginning in 1978 with an emphasis on litigation in the Frankfort, Kentucky, law firm of Prichard, Stallard & Shepherd. From 1974 to 1978, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky handling environmental, anti-trust and consumer protection litigation.
Civic and community involvement includes the Speed Art Museum, Steering Committee of the New Art Collectors, 1998 - 2009; House of Ruth, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2008; and The New Center for Contemporary Art Board of Directors, 2004 - 2008.
Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Environment (2008-22)
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law (2001-23)
Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law (2012, 2017, 2019)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2010, 2013-17)
Who's Who Legal, Environment (2015)
Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Environmental Law (2013, 2014, 2016)
Patrick Stallard is described by market commentators as a "very good and well-respected lawyer." He has decades of experience advising clients on issues arising under air, water and waste statutes.
Excellent lawyer . . . highly regarded for his work in environmental disputes and compliance issues, including air, waste, and water matters.
. . . an exceptional lawyer who always does a good job.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Publications
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
Chambers USA Honors 23 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2022
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 23 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2022 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
Chambers USA Honors 22 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2021
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2021 guide.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Publications
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 82 lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Four Important Environmental Law Changes Since You’ve Been Home
Stites & Harbison environmental attorneys address several environmental issues that have been on-going over the past couple of months in this combined client alert.
Chambers USA 2020 Honors 19 Stites & Harbison Attorneys
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 19 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2020 guide.
Best Lawyers in America Honors 75 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.