• Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. District Courts:
      -Northern District of Ohio
      -Southern District of Ohio
      -Eastern District of Michigan


University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1981

Miami University, A.B., with honors, 1978


“Litigation, no matter the type of case, can be time consuming and expensive.  My clients and I work together in order to mitigate both the costs and time involved, possibly avoiding litigation altogether.”

Joseph A. Gregg is an of counsel attorney with the Firm and concentrates his practice on environmental law, environmental litigation as well as litigation of workers' compensation cases.  He is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Representing large and small public and private entities and individuals, Mr. Gregg has been involved in:

  • environmental permitting;
  • enforcement;
  • corrective action;
  • negotiations with US EPA, Ohio EPA and various other state environmental agencies;
  • Voluntary Action Plan clean-ups;
  • regulatory compliance;
  • Superfund litigation;
  • PRP groups and matters arising under RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act; and
  • a myriad of other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations.

Additionally, Mr. Gregg has represented Ohio solid waste management districts in cases involving the promulgation and enforcement of their regulations and policies. In the course of his representation of public clients he has been extensively involved in freedom of information issues under both federal and state law.

Mr. Gregg also regularly represents both self-insured and State-fund  employers in appeals of workers' compensation cases filed in state court from underlying administrative decisions pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4123.512.  He has successfully tried over two dozen such cases to juries throughout Ohio.

Mr. Gregg is married, has two children and enjoys time out of the office on the golf course or his boat.  He is active in numerous charitable and civic/professional organizations.



  • Superfund Litigation
    • Assisted in negotiating a confidential settlement in excess of $35 million between two Fortune 50 companies for Superfund/TSCA liabilities associated with PCB contamination in an Indiana river.
  • Voluntary Action Plan
    • Represented a private company in Northeast Ohio and organized a PRP group involving multiple industrial/commercial generators (both public and private), negotiated an agreed allocation and funded a site remediation under the Ohio Voluntary Action Plan, Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3746. Worked with an Ohio VAP Certified Professional (CP) to submit the site for No Further Action (NFA) status and obtained a Covenant Not to Sue (CNTS) from Ohio EPA.
    • Represented an Illinois company in a multi-year VAP clean-up at a complicated former foundry site in Central Ohio obtaining a CNTS from Ohio EPA.
    • Represented several other client landowners/responsible parties in private (single party) VAP clean-ups through NFA and CNTS stages.
  • Environmental Permitting
    • Participated in a successful multi-year RCRA Part B/Ohio Hazardous Waste Installation and Operation permitting case and subsequent appeal for a commercial hazardous waste landfill. Participated in similar successful permitting case for that client in Idaho.
  • Compliance
    • Assisted in innovative environmental due diligence exercise for a Fortune 50 client's multi hundred-million dollar purchase of a manufacturing company involving a relatively short intense evaluation of environmental compliance at numerous facilities in multiple states throughout US and in several foreign countries.
  • Enforcement
    • Successfully represented a Michigan company in a USEPA air enforcement case and negotiated an Administrative Order on Consent.
  • Negotiation
    • Negotiated an amicable resolution of a state-lead air enforcement/permitting case for a South Carolina manufacturing facility.
  • Transactional Experience
    • Assisted in environmental due diligence and negation of environmental reps and warranties in a stock transaction for sale of a scrap metal recycling company valued in excess of $1 billion.
    • Regularly reviews environmental site assessment reports and participates in due diligence and negotiation of reps and warranties in commercial/industrial real estate transactions.
  • Workers Compensation
    • Successfully tried to jury verdict over two dozen Ohio workers compensation cases pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4123.512 for both self-insured and State-fund employers.  In this capacity has worked with or against many of Ohio’s preeminent medical experts on medical causation issues for both physical and psychological injuries.

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • OSBA Environmental Law Committee
  • OSBA Labor and Employment Law Committee

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, 2008-2010.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®.
  • Named 2021 environmental law lawyer of the year (Toledo) by Best Lawyers in America®.

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