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Christopher A. Jaros

Partner
+1.843.579.5644
Fax +1.843.579.5601
Mr. Jaros represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal investigations and litigation, primarily involving complex federal regulatory programs, with an emphasis on environmental matters. His current and past matters include: representation of several individuals in a high profile, transnational criminal investigation regarding the automotive industry; defending companies and individuals in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions across various industries, including agribusiness and renewable fuel generation; conducting internal investigations and audits; advising clients regarding environmental aspects of complex real estate and other transactions, including conducting and overseeing diligence, and drafting and negotiating contracts; and advising clients regarding participating in and challenging rulemakings and other regulatory actions. More generally, Mr. Jaros counsels companies with respect to compliance with numerous federal and state environmental statutes and regulatory regimes, including CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and FIFRA.

Mr. Jaros has an active litigation practice in both federal and state court, and handles all phases of complex civil and criminal litigation, including early case assessment and investigation, dispositive motions practice, e-discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial preparation, trial, and appeal. In this role, Mr. Jaros oversees day-to-day management of a portfolio of active cases in state and federal court in South Carolina.

Legal Elite of the Lowcountry - Environmental - 2018

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Jaros was an associate at an international law firm in Washington, D.C., where he maintained an active civil litigation practice that included all aspects of pre-trial and trial preparation. During law school, Mr. Jaros served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Lesley Wells of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Mr. Jaros has lived, worked, and traveled extensively abroad, including working for two years in rural Japan as a junior high school English teacher and studying at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Speaker, “Crisis Management”, K&L Gates Conversation Series, Charleston, SC, November 8, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Spring Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association Meeting,” April 8, 2016.
  • Co-presenter, "Environmental Liability: Developments in Preemption of State Law" ALI CLE, February 18, 2014.
  • Represented electric utility in successful challenge of EPA rulemaking in the Ninth Circuit:  Nat’l Parks Conservation Ass’n v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 788 F.3d 1134 (9th Cir. 2015) (vacating rulemaking as arbitrary and capricious)
  • Represented several individuals in a high profile, transnational criminal investigation regarding the automotive industry
  • Represented engine manufacturer in joint CARB/EPA enforcement action related to alleged defeat device in emissions software
  • Represented manufacturer conducting internal audit regarding potential regulatory non-compliance with Clean Air Act
  • Represented financial institution in consumer class action lawsuits
  • Represented mining company in defense of Clean Water Act citizen suits
  • Represented Fortune 100 company with respect to one of the largest Superfund sites in New York: successfully pursued third party contribution claims; negotiated remedial issues with state and federal regulators; and defended related property damage and personal injury claims
  • Represented numerous Fortune 500 manufacturing companies defending toxic tort litigation across the United States
  • Represented numerous pro bono clients granted asylum in the United States