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Chris S. Walker

Partner
+1.704.331.7515
Fax +1.704.353.3215
Mr. Walker is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. He focuses his practice on environmental and regulatory matters, including environmental remediation, enforcement defense, chemical regulation, solid and hazardous waste, environmental permitting, environmental insurance, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and brownfields redevelopment. His work includes advising clients regarding various state and federal environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). He also advises clients on environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and works closely with the firm’s real estate, land use and zoning, corporate, and litigation practices.

Mr. Walker is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System.

Achievements

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Environmental Law, 2014- 2015

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Member, 2013-present
  • Catawba Lands Conservancy, Land Acquisition Committee, Member, 2011-present
  • The Corners Society, Member, 2009 - present

Speaking Engagements

  • “Pint-Sized Legal issues in an Emerging Industry: Can Local Brewers Have Their Own Beer and Drink It Too?”, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, N.C., May 31, 2017.
  • “Environmental Issues in the Foreclosure Process,” National Business Institute, Charlotte, N.C., December 2013
  • “Recent Environmental Legislative and Regulatory Developments Affecting Real Property,” K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte, N.C., 2009
  • Regularly advises commercial real estate developers in obtaining Brownfields agreements to facilitate property redevelopment and in managing compliance with Brownfields agreements during construction and future use.
  • Advised Brownfields redeveloper in acquiring and cleaning up a former paper manufacturing plant that was ready to be proposed for listing on the federal National Priorities List. Worked with both federal and state environmental agencies to address federal and state cleanup requirements at the same time and obtained Brownfields agreements to facilitate redevelopment of the property and secure significant tax incentives.
  • Advised national real estate investment trust on environmental matters in connection with its property acquisition, disposition, and sale-leaseback transactions.
  • Advises institutional lenders regarding lender-liability issues and the disposition of REO properties with environmental concerns.
  • Represented chemical distributor in a Superfund removal action overseen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and provided advice relating to insurance coverage, litigation strategies, and various regulatory cleanup matters.
  • Assists with the management of a portfolio of nearly 100 federal Superfund sites across the country for a major manufacturing client.
  • Advised developer regarding the management of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contained in caulk and other building materials and compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
  • Advised private equity client regarding environmental matters associated with its acquisition of a large lubricant distribution business.
  • Regularly advises supplier of used, recycled, and reconditioned OEM and aftermarket automobile and truck parts regarding the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.
  • Advised major pharmaceutical manufacturer regarding the management, transportation, and disposal of expired vaccines under state and federal solid and hazardous waste regulations.
  • Advised chemical manufacturer in litigation involving warranty claims based on the prior owner’s wastewater treatment practices, air emissions controls, and environmental permitting.
  • Advised commercial landlord regarding radon intrusion and related landlord/tenant and occupational safety and health issues.
  • Represented a real estate developer in efforts to conduct selective timber harvests on idle project properties and obtained an amendment to a local zoning ordinance on behalf of the client to allow the harvest to proceed.
  • Assisted golf course developer in defending against challenges to wetlands permits and other governmental development authorizations.
  • Regularly represents non-profit land conservation organization on pro bono basis regarding environmental issues related to property and conservation easement transactions.