Christopher L. Bell

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Houston,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone713.374.3556

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Nanotechnology
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.374.3556
Fax: 713.374.3505
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Christopher-L-Bell
 
University Michigan State University, B.A., 1981
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985 Order of the Coif
 
Admitted1985, Michigan; 1988, District of Columbia; 2008, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

 
BornSacramento, California, February 2, 1955
 
Biography

Christopher L. Bell's environmental practice focuses on administrative, criminal, and civil litigation and compliance counseling under all of the major environmental statutes addressing air, chemicals, remediation, water and waste. His enforcement experience includes conducting internal investigations in both criminal and civil contexts, responding to grand jury investigations, and negotiating consent, probation, and debarment agreements. Chris is also actively involved in regulatory advocacy under the major environmental statutes, ranging from writing comments to representing clients in rulemaking petitions in the courts of appeals.

Chris advises clients on product regulation (including chemicals, energy efficiency standards and leading-edge issues such as nanotechnology), climate change, value chain management and sustainable development. He is experienced with international matters, including compliance with EU product (WEEE and ROHS) and chemical (REACH) regulations, as well as international requirements for transporting raw materials and waste.

As part of his compliance practice, Chris helps clients evaluate, design, and implement compliance and ethics programs based on the Sentencing Guidelines, as well as environmental management and compliance systems. Chris participated in the original drafting of the ISO 14001 EMS standard and has assisted facilities world-wide implement EMS.

Chris also provides advice on the environmental aspects of transactions, including environmental due diligence and negotiating the environmental terms in deal documents. The transactional work has extended to matters involving climate change, including carbon trading and CDM projects.

Chris has worked with clients in many economic sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, electricity generation and distribution, transportation (including automotive, aviation and shipping), life sciences, mining, defense, electronics, communications, real estate and construction, consumer products, forestry and wood products, and general manufacturing. He works extensively with technical experts on toxicology, risk assessment and environmental modeling issues.

Areas of Concentration

•Compliance management

•Natural resource damages and contaminated sites

•Environmental aspects of transactions and SEC disclosure

•Environmental crisis management

•Litigation, environmental enforcement and internal investigations

•Environmental experience in the energy sector

•EU environmental

•EU law and regulation

•Grand jury investigations

•Nanotechnology

•Regulatory advocacy and counseling

•Sustainable development and climate change

•White collar compliance counseling

Awards & Recognition

•Listed,Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2014

Clerkship

•Law Clerk, Hon. Philip Pratt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Noteworthy Experience

•Certified Manufacturing Technician

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Co-Author, High Court Weighs Issue of Subsurface Trespass ,Texas Lawyer, March 10, 2014

•Co-Author, Recent Developments in Nanotechnology Standards ,Nanotechnology Law & Business, Vol. 10.2, Winter 2013

•Co-Author, EPA's Greenhouse Gas Proposal: A Blueprint for Federal Regulation,BNA Daily Env. Rep., Oct. 24, 2008

•Author, Communication and Sustainable Development, 54Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst.28, 2008

•Co-Author, Are You Ready for REACH?Chemical Engineering, March, 2008

•Co-Author, Role of Standards in the Field of Nanotechnologies in Informing the International Legal Community,ISO Focus, April 2007

•Author, Material World: Global Markets and Product Regulation,The Lawyer, January 15, 2007

•Co-Author, Regulation of Nanoscale Materials Under the Toxic Substances Control Act,In-House Counsel Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, June 2006

•Author, Effective Compliance Programs Under The New Sentencing Guidelines Criteria, 8In-House Counsel Committee Newsletter7, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, January 2005

Publications

•Author, Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Law, Environmental Law Handbook , Government Institutes, 21st ed., 2011

•Co-Author, Nanotechnology Standards and International Legal Considerations, Nanotechnology Standards , Springer, 2011

•Co-Author, TSCA and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology: Environmental Law, Policy and Business Considerations , December 2009

•Co-Author, Regulation of Nanoscale Materials Under the Toxic Substances Control Act , American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, June 2006

Associated News & Events

Press-Releases

05.28.14 Twelve Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

10.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Expands Its Houston Office With the Addition of Christopher L. Bell

Published Articles

03.10.14 High Court Weighs Issue of Subsurface Trespass

12.31.13 Recent Developments in Nanotechnology Standards

Alerts

01.10.14 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Fall 2013 - Winter 2014

10.22.13 New Developments in International Standards on Environmental, Occupation Safety, Compliance and Anti-Bribery Management Systems

 
Reported CasesDefended a manufacturing company in a criminal Clean Air Act investigation.; Represented a petro-chemical company in a remedial and natural resources damages matter involving a wetlands/riverine environment.; Represented clients in rulemaking petitions under the Clean Air Act, RCRA and TSCA in the courts of appeals.; Acted as part of the defense team in major Clean Air Act new source review enforcement cases.; Advised companies on compliance with the SEC's conflict minerals disclosure regulation.; Represented clients in numerous enforcement actions involving allegations of the improper use, storage and disposal of PCBs.; Advised and represented clients on the environmental aspects of transactions, as well as provide assistance addressing post-closure environmental challenges.; Defended companies facing allegations of violations of TSCA, including PMN and import/export requirements.; Advised clients on compliance with the EU chemical regulations (REACH, WEEE, ROHS).; Defended a chemical company in criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from chemical releases (including one leading to a fatality).; Assisted several chemical facilities and oil refineries review and improve their environmental compliance programs, as well as advising them on various environmental compliance matters.; Assisted a multinational financial institution in the review and improvement of its compliance and ethics program.; Advised a multinational commodity trading company regarding the international transportation of commodities. The above representations were handled by Mr. Bell prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
 
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New Developments in International Standards on Environmental, Occupation Safety, Compliance and Anti-Bribery Management Systems
Christopher L. Bell, October 23, 2013
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is creating or revising international standards on a number of topics important to companies operating in the U.S. and abroad, including environmental, occupational safety, compliance and anti-bribery management systems. ISO has also just...


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