Randy provides business and industry, local governments, family farms, and individuals with legal advice and strong advocacy in matters involving: water quality, wastewater permitting, pretreatment, water rights, federal hydropower regulation, EIS preparation, state and federal wetlands permitting, mining, reservoir construction, erosion control, endangered species, essential fish habitat impacts, Coastal Area Management Act permitting, groundwater contamination, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste, Superfund, administrative litigation, appellate advocacy, and stakeholder representation in rulemaking.

Additionally, Randy works with clients to obtain all types of environmental permits and authorizations, and has extensive litigation experience in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Examples of Randy's work include the following:

  • Successful permitting and litigation in support of a phosphate mining and processing operation.
  • Negotiation of a Clean Water Act administrative agreement with EPA that prevented the debarment of an agribusiness company.
  • Leading the establishment of an environmental management system for an industrial client’s facilities in four states.
  • Obtaining environmental permits and exemptions for municipal, industrial, commercial, and agricultural clients, most often for projects that are complex and controversial.
  • Successful defense of a variety of permittees in third-party challenges of their 404 permits, 401 water quality certifications, NPDES permits and other environmental permits.
  • Environmental counsel for the City of Wilson's Buckhorn Reservoir project, including 404 permitting and reversal of a Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act jeopardy opinion.
  • Expansion of a town's water intake facilities in the Catawba River basin, including regulatory approvals and successful rejection of withdrawal caps and other forms of control demanded by owner of FERC-licensed reservoir in federal litigation.
  • Avoidance of substantial costs of a planned Interbasin Transfer (IBT) certificate process for a city by obtaining an administrative interpretation.
  • Successful defense of a city's right to withdraw water from Yadkin River without paying fees to or accepting other controls by owner of a FERC-licensed reservoir.
  • Expedited permitting of a city's new pumping station and raw water line during drought emergency.
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Randy advises businesses and local governments on a wide range of water law issues, including water quality, wastewater permitting, water rights, and Clean Water Act compliance.

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Randy works with local governments on complex legal issues related to their water supply and wastewater collection and treatment systems. His experience includes helping clients comply with wastewater permits and Safe Water Drinking Act requirements, resolving water rights disputes for local governments, and consolidating water and sewer systems.

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Randy advises PCS Phosphate and other mining entities on a variety of environmental compliance and permitting issues.

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Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation (2005-2018); ranked as Greensboro Litigation—Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2008-2017)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Environmental Law (2007, 2014)

Member, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 1987-present (past Council member and committee chairman)

Member, Government & Public Sector Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2003-present (past Council member and committee chairman)

Member, Administrative Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 1987-present

Member, America Water Works Association, 1996-present

Member, American Water Resources Association, 2009-present

Graduate, Triad Leadership Network, 1995

Co-Chairman, Town of Summerfield Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, 2007-2010

Sunday School Teacher, Christ Church Greensboro

Co-author, North Carolina Environmental Law Desk Manual (NCBA 2015)

I thoroughly enjoy the work we do for our environmental clients at Brooks Pierce.  I am a bit of a nerd - I was a scientist before I studied the law.  I am passionate about digging for the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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