David W. Buzzell
David W. Buzzell is a founding member of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of regulatory counseling, permitting, public policy, and environmental remediation. David provides counseling to clients with a special emphasis on solid and hazardous waste, water and remediation matters affecting manufacturing operations and the municipal waste industry. David also has been the lead environmental attorney on a number of transactional matters, evaluating potential liabilities relating to historic and off-site contamination on behalf of buyers, sellers, and lenders and negotiating agreements that appropriately address those liabilities. Before becoming an attorney, David worked as an engineer at Woodward-Clyde Consultants (URS Consultants/AECOM) in the field of geotechnical engineering and hazardous waste management.
David represents a number of trade associations and individual companies on state and federal issues affecting the solid waste industry, and is an active member of the technical subcommittee to the Pennsylvania DEP’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He counsels clients on solid waste permitting strategies and development of all aspects of applications for landfill expansions, including harms-benefits analysis and regulatory compliance. David also represents clients in enforcement actions, ranging from post-inspection follow up to litigation.
Additionally, David regularly advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day compliance, including record keeping and reporting/notification requirements, responses to agency inspections and information requests, as well as environmental audits and internal investigations. He has been involved with numerous investigations pertaining to environmental releases, as well as several investigations pertaining to alleged malfeasance in the solid waste industry, including interaction with state Attorney General’s Office.
David is active in numerous professional and civic organizations and is a Master in the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court (DVE AIC). His leadership to the Pennsylvania environmental bar is well known—in 1996, he organized the DVE AIC, the first Inn of Court chartered by the national foundation specializing in environmental law. For over 20 years, he remains the Executive Director of the DVE AIC, and was the first recipient of the George Miller Award in 2008, awarded for dedication to the highest principles of legal excellence, civility, professionalism and ethics. David is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental, Minerals and Natural Resources Law Section (Environmental and Energy Law Section), where he previously served in various officer positions and as a council member. For more than a decade, he was responsible for the Environmental Section's continuing legal education activities and was one of the original organizers of the PBA/PBI Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum, for which he served as a course planner and faculty member. David’s commitment to community service and the environmental bar have been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental Section, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Environmental Law Committee, the DEP’s Sewage Advisory Committee, and the Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
David earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University and his law degree from Villanova School of Law. While at Villanova, David served as president of the Environmental Law Society for two years and founded V.I.E.W. – Villanova Incorporated Environmental Watch, a citation service provider to the decisions of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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