Robert L. Collings

Robert L. Collings: Attorney with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Mr. Collings is co-chair of the Energy & Environmental Practice Group, co-chair of the Sustainability and Environmental Services Practice Group, former chair of the Litigation Department, and a former member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has more than 25 years of regulatory and litigation experience in environmental law and hazardous substance issues and environmentally-affected corporate, real estate, and land use issues. A former enforcement attorney and manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Collings represents manufacturing, transportation, financial services, retail and real estate businesses and others with permit needs, claims, and transactional matters involving environmental or regulatory issues. He has detailed familiarity with federal, state and local regulatory programs and their managers and tries cases in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals.

Other Distinctions

•Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Member of the Law360 Environmental Advisory Board, 2016-2019
•Listed in the Houston Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Energy,” 2012
•Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 2005-present
•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental, 1989-2019
•Listed in The Chambers USA Guide as among the top practitioners in Environment Law in Pennsylvania, 2004-present
•Noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” for Environmental Law, 2004-present
•Water Resources Association Achievement Award, 1996
•Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medal, 1981 and 1979

News & Publications

•Schnader Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Are ‘Small’ Policy Adjustments a Way to Make Bigger Environmental Law Changes Later?
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA
•40 Schnader Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change
•Collings Quoted in “Judicial Watch FOIA Suits Spotlights EPA Resistance to Trump”
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Ten Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Thirty-Seven Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2017
•Robert Collings Quoted in Inside Climate News
•Inside Climate News Quotes Robert Collings on Exxon Climate Probe
•Collings Quoted in “Virgin Islands and Exxon Agree to Uneasy Truce Over Climate Probe”
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Ten Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Partner Robert Collings Tapped for Law360’s 2016 Environmental Editorial Advisory Board
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Nine Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Thirty-Three Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Nine Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Thirty-Two Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2015
•Supreme Court Holds That CERCLA Preemption Is Inapplicable to Statutes of Repose
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Nine Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Third Circuit Remands Marcellus Shale Case Based on the Class Action Fairness Act’s Local Controversy Exception
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2013
•Thirty-One Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2014
•Eligibility for Reimbursement from the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund Cannot Be Determined on a Per Tank Basis
•Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule, Confirms that Marcellus Shale Natural Gas is not a “Mineral”
•Bankruptcy Loses Arguments for Special Relief Under Prepetition Agreements for Environmental Liability
•Schnader’s Bob Collings Included in Who’s Who in Energy 2012
•Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard
•So What’s So Bad About Green Washing?
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2012
•Thirty-Three Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2013
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Eight Schnader Partners Also Recognized
•Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Thirty Schnader Attorneys Recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2012
•EPA Proposes New, Broad Ranging Air Regulations Applicable to the Oil and Gas Source Category
•Supreme Court Holds Federal Courts Do Not Have Jurisdiction to Hear Federal Common Law Nuisance Claims Relating to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Six Partners Also Recognized
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Six Partners Also Recognized
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2011
•Superior Court Interprets Oil and Gas Lease in Favor of Landowners
•Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property
•Thirty-Two Schnader Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” for 2011
•Schnader Recognized as a Top Firm by Chambers USA - Six Partners Also Recognized
•Super Lawyers Recognizes Many Schnader Attorneys in 2010
•Pro Bono Newsletter Fall 2009
•Many Schnader Attorneys Honored as 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Eight from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2009
•Many Schnader Attorneys are 2007 Super Lawyers, 2008 Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Four from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2008
•Twenty-Seven Schnader Attorneys Named 2007 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
•Collings Reelected to Pennsylvania Environmental Council Board
•Twenty from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2007
•Schnader Well Represented in Chambers USA
•Thirty-Five Schnader Attorneys Are 2006 Super Lawyers
•Schnader Supports Pa. Environmental Council Annual Dinner
•Thirty-Three Schnader Attorneys Honored as ‘Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’
•“Environmental Enforcement and Crimes: 2005 Annual Report”
•Schnader Attorneys Appointed and Honored
•Several Schnader Lawyers Noted as Best in America
•Schnader Attorneys Feted as Super Lawyers
•Schnader Ranked Among Top Pa. Firms for Antitrust, Environmental, Litigation, Real Estate
•“Environmental Enforcement and Crimes: 2004 Annual Report”
•Schnader Lawyers Noted as ‘Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ in 19 Categories

Community & Pro Bono

•Water Resources Association, secretary, member of Executive Committee

Related Events

•Robert Collings Presented on Inventory Rule
•Robert Collings Presented at Knowledge Group Webcast
•Enforcement Actions by Environmental Agencies Webinar
•How Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Issues Can Change Our Auditing Practices
•Developing and Trying the Case: A Case Study of “A Few Good Men”
•Schnader Attorneys Volunteer at Bar Association Event
•Pennsylvania Environmental Council Luncheon
•Joint meeting, Allegheny County Bar Association, Allegheny Mountain Section-Air & Waste Management Association
•FASB/FIN 47: Fair Value Reporting on Environmental Liabilities
•Seminar on Contingent Loss Reporting, FASB Statements No. 5 and No. 143, and FIN 47
•Environmental Law Forum 2006
•Briefing on EPA’s Redefinition of Solid Waste
•A Legal Analysis of EPA’s Efforts to Redefine Solid Waste and Promote Recycling
•Environmental Law Forum 2005

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Litigation Services
  • Product Liability
  • Sustainability and Environmental Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1972
Law School Attended:
Boston College, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977
Admission:
All Pennsylvania courts; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; 1977, Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

•Philadelphia Bar Association (chair, Environmental Law Committee, 1986), 1984-2010
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1984-present
•American Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Resources Section), vice chair, Civil/Criminal Enforcement Committee, 2003-2006

Birth Information:
1950
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Representative Experience: Mr. Collings has extensive specific knowledge in matters involving water, solid and hazardous waste and air issues; He has defended clients from government and private lawsuits in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Washington and California.; He has conducted or supervised environmental reviews in connection with asset transactions in many states.; Mr. Collings is presently national coordinating counsel for environmental matters and environmental tort claims for a major international manufacturing firm.; Representative Engagements: Owner/operator, several lead smelters and battery plants - nationwide; Principal respondent, Marjol Battery site; Principal defendant, Drake Chemical site; Special counsel, experts litigation, Atlas Minerals site; and; Former group counsel, Morgantown Ordinance Works.; Permit issues - major production facilities for polymers, specialty chemical producers, oil refineries, battery manufacturers, metal products, furniture industries, transportation, etc.; Compliance review, release reporting projects - companies involved in battery manufacturing, industrial gas production/distribution, electronics, chemical manufacturing, telecommunications
ISLN:
908272905

Peer Reviews

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