Earl Phillips is founding chair of the Environmental Practice Group of Robinson+Cole (an AMLAW 200 Law Firm). The majority of his practice is devoted to helping clients achieve strategic objectives that involve environmental, health, and safety issues. Matters regularly include compliance counseling, enforcement defense, transactional representation, brownfield development, site remediation, liability allocation and risk/crisis management. Earl has represented clients before congressional hearings, regulatory rule making proceedings; US EPA's headquarters and the majority of its regional offices, OSHA, roughly 30 States environmental agencies, and the courts. Relevant to this program, he has served as lead counsel in many tens of crisis management situations and hundreds of remediation matters.
Earl is a Fellow in the highly selective American College of Environmental Lawyers, Past Chair and an active member of the Environment Section of the U.S. Law Firm Group, and Past Chair of the ABA’s Waste and Resource Recovery Committee. He is ranked in the top tier of environmental lawyers in Chambers USA and has received the highest substantive and ethical ratings (AV® Preeminent™) from Martindale-Hubbell™ for his entire career. Earl completed his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University (B.A. Cum Laude) in Earth and Environmental Science (Geology) and his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh and Catholic University of America.
In addition to his legal practice and serving as lecturer in the Tufts University Graduate School of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, Earl is a Visiting Scholar/Adjunct Professor in Wesleyan University's College of the Environment.