D. Rees Alexander focuses on environmental litigation and regulatory matters and also advises clients regarding environmental issues in transactions. He has experience with the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). He is a member of the Environmental, Safety & Health Practice Group, which was named one of Law360’s 2016 Environmental Groups of the Year.
He has recently advised on issues related to multiparty CERCLA negotiations and litigation, surface water, wetlands regulation, federal jurisdictional waters or “waters of the United States,” NPDES permitting and enforcement, permits to install, proposed rulemaking, stormwater construction permitting, centralized sewage treatment construction and maintenance, water quality, industrial pretreatment, nutrient pollution, drinking and groundwater, public water systems, environmental due diligence issues in property transactions, CAA source determinations, oil and gas issues, dormant minerals, public nuisance, private nuisance, citizen suit defense, and parallel civil and criminal investigations.
He advises several clients in the automotive industry on compliance with new and existing environmental regulations, with particular emphasis on risk management, enforcement defense and the greenhouse gas averaging, banking and trading program.
Rees is a former Ohio Assistant Attorney General. In that role, he represented the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. He served as trial counsel in numerous trials and administrative hearings.
While in law school, Rees served as editor-in-chief of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He competed on the National Moot Court team, which placed first in its region, and he received the Regional Best Oral Advocate award and George R. Beneman Award for Outstanding Performance in the Moot Court Program. He also served as a judicial extern to Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Rees is a member of the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations. He has served as chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and has served on the Planning Committee for the Ohio State Bar Association’s 31st Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar.