Natural Resources, Environment and Emergency Services
Ben is the managing partner of Pfefferle Law LLC and focuses his practice on environmental, energy, facility security and emergency response. Ben’s experience is broad based and his litigation and business clients range from individuals and small business to major corporations. His work includes assisting and educating clients on environmental compliance and permitting; providing emergency response services during catastrophic events; energy extraction, refining, production and distribution; creating legislative and regulatory solutions to business barriers as well as redevelopment, acquisition and divestiture of environmentally impaired commercial and industrial property. He provides his problem solving solutions to clients on a global basis.
The Firm: Who We Serve
And How We Have Done It
Ben’s experience includes acting as global environmental counsel for a major manufacturer; providing emergency response to eco-terrorism events and chemical releases to air and waterways as well as facility fire and explosions; defending environmental permits before a regulatory hearing board clearing the way for construction of a metallurgical coke plant; helping a developer resolve complicated environmental and financing barriers to allow construction of a Town Center shopping mall on a former landfill; and providing environmental, health and safety counsel for the paper, chemical and polymer manufacturing industries.
Other significant sector work extends to being a National Practice Team Leader for a national law firm; establishing and managing a national corporate litigation defense team for a national insurance company; providing legal counsel on oil and gas development and distribution; acting as an outside general counsel to a plastics components extrusion company; and being Associate General Counsel for a pulp and paper manufacturing company.
• Global environmental counsel for major manufacturer
• Common counsel for PRP groups in CERCLA litigation
•Counsel to polymers manufacturing industry
•Represented steel manufacturer in litigation involving its environmental permits for a metallurgical coke plant construction project
•Represented a commercial developer in obtaining regulatory approvals for construction of a Town Center Shopping Development on a former landfill
•Represent energy extraction and mining companies in various environmental disputes
• Represent Confidential Client in environmental sabotage/eco-terrorism investigation with federal, state and private criminal investigative agencies
• Represent Confidential Client in emergency response, internal investigation and remedial activities arising from chemical release to interstate waterways
• Represent Confidential Client in emergency response, internal investigation and remedial activities arising from a chemical fire in a production area at a chemical refinery
Admitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio; and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Ben has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business for more than 10 years. He has held an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years, and currently holds a Judicial AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics. He has had various leadership positions with his national, state and local Bar Associations and is honored to have been Board Chairperson for the Make A Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.