Randle, Russell V.

Russell V. Randle


Russ Randle has practiced environmental law since 1981, with extensive experience not only with superfund and contaminated properties, but also with the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Oil Pollution Acts (OPA), and antimicrobial issues under FIFRA. He has been published extensively on the issues, including the 2012 Environmental Law Institute’s Oil Pollution Deskbook. His current work includes helping Leon County, Florida in federal clean water permitting controversies.

Russ has helped clients with the environmental aspects of hundreds of transactions since 1987. He has litigated or settled cases concerning cleanup of well over 100 contaminated sites, many of them on the National Priorities List.

Russ also focuses on export control and related sanctions rules governing defense trade, financial transfers, and as well as NGOs working in areas affected by US sanctions. Whether the issue involves high technology, a potentially proscribed destination or party, or anti-boycott compliance in the Middle East, his experience in major enforcement actions and export control audits translates into sound and timely compliance advice.

Russ serves as Chair of the Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, which he served as Vice-Chair from 2009-2014. He has also assisted pro bono on Anacostia River cleanup standards and sustainable design efforts to help in that cleanup, working with DC Appleseed. He has helped various Episcopal Church entities comply with OFAC sanctions rules.




  • Represent Leon County, Florida in connection with federal Clean Water Act permit issues involving a major upstream discharger and an upstream dam, addressing nutrient and water quantity issues.
  • Represent a major manufacturer of hospital disinfectants in connection with EPA registration and enforcement matters under FIFRA.
  • Represent a major private portfolio in connection with environmental aspects of real estate transactions since the late 1980s, involving review and clearance of dozens of major property purchases and financing transactions.
  • Represent United Technologies Corporation in Ashland v. Gar, et al., in connection with the revived litigation concerning the Davis Liquid Superfund Site in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
  • Represent multiple parties in connection with environmental issues raised by Texas, Montana, North Dakota, and Indiana wind farm transactions.
  • City of San Bernardino v. United States Army, et al., Case No. CV 96-8667 MRP (C.D. Cal) (Consent Decree, March 23, 2005). Counsel for the City of San Bernardino; obtained settlement from US Army providing for US$164 million in relief for the city, of which US$69 million was a cash payment and the other US$95 million was in EPA remedial work and treatment systems handed over to the city.
  • Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, NPDES permit before the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (November 3, 2005). Represented municipal discharger in successfully obtaining revised discharge permit and persuading board to drop efforts to impose limitations requiring installation of US$160 million in reverse osmosis technology.
  • United States v. Davis, et al., 261 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2001). Settlement counsel for settling party UTC in complex Superfund site, settlement upheld; successfully argued settlement issues to court of appeals; more than 100 parties involved, more than US$60 million in estimated remedial costs.
  • Alcan Aluminum v. Butler Aviation, 57 ERC 1232 (M.D. Pa. 2003). Settlement and litigation counsel for settling group, obtained summary judgment dismissing challenge to complex CERCLA settlement for more than 25 settling parties.

Export Control and Sanctions

  • Export control due diligence and defense trade (ITAR) compliance work related to numerous acquisitions, divestitures and mergers.
  • Voluntary disclosures, enforcement investigations, and negotiated resolutions for numerous clients related to ITAR, OFAC, export control and antiboycott rules.
  • Assistance to NGO entities with OFAC registration and compliance requirements for proposed merger involving multibillion dollar companies.
  • United States v. Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Ltd. (D.D.C. 1992). Handled State Department and Commerce Department aspects of complex criminal Arms Export Control Act case and subsequent settlement and reinstatement of company export privileges.
  • In re Bunker Ramo- Eltra, ITA-84-AB-06. Defense before the International Trade Administration (1984 to 1987) of 120 anti-boycott charges in administrative proceedings; obtained dismissal of all charges on statute of limitations and other grounds by administrative law judge; after reinstatement of charges by assistant secretary based on subsequent case law, obtained settlement of case for US$150,000 in which department had threatened export denial order to the Middle East for multibillion dollar company.


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1980
  • Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1977


  • District of Columbia, 1980


  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Chair, American Bar Association, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, Section on Environment, Energy and Resource Law
  • Energy Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
  • U.S. Green Building Council, National Capital Region Chapter, Advocacy Committee
  • DC Building Industry Association

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    Judge John H. Pratt
    September 1980 - August 1981
  • President of Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies’ Medallion for Exemplary Service, 2011
  • Honorary Canon, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Episcopal Church of Sudan, 2006
  • Pro Bono Partner of the Year, 2004
  • Rector and Warden's Award, Christ Church, Alexandria, VA, 2000
  • Distinguished Instructor Award, Environmental Compliance, Government Institutes, 1990

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