Practice Areas: Environmental Crimes

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Bart has arguably the most active environmental enforcement practice in South Carolina. Bart is uniquely suited to defend such cases, as he prosecuted both state and federal environmental matters during his time with the government. Bart also prosecuted and won a conviction at trial in the first federal criminal environmental case in South Carolina history. He has represented numerous companies and individuals in dozens of criminal and civil EPA and DHEC enforcement investigations over the years. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies and international conglomerates to small companies and individuals under state or federal environmental investigation. He has represented owners, Board Chairmen, CEOs, and CFOs of both international and local companies. Bart has extensive experience in dealing with senior management and Boards of Directors. He has successfully defended investigations into violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Pollution Control Act, to name a few.Environmental Crimes and Corporate Liability

Bart represents individuals and companies in both state and federal criminal and civil environmental matters. Bart is proactive yet discreet, understanding the sensitive nature of a criminal investigation to his highly respected clients. Whether the matter is being investigated by the United States Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section of the DOJ, the State Attorney General, or an investigative agency such as the EPA or DHEC, he has a proven track record. While Daniel is best known for his successful courtroom defenses in high profile cases, his biggest wins have come privately, convincing prosecutors and investigators to decline criminal prosecution and quietly close their files.

As with other areas of Daniel's white collar practice, he discreetly determines the nature and scope of the problem and advises his clients on the advisability of self-reporting, commencing settlement discussions or mobilizing for trial.

Bart has lectured and published extensively on environmental and other white collar matters before the American Bar Association and many Chambers of Commerce. He has also authored with state and federal prosecutors Environmental Crimes and Corporate Liability 2nd Edition (1999). This publication was written in response to increased federal and state environmental enforcement. When the first edition was published in 1993, environmental prosecutions were in their infant stage. The great majority of investigations and prosecutions were in the federal system. Since that time, the State Attorney General and local Solicitors joined the fray, actively investigating and prosecuting cases once thought to be within the exclusive jurisdiction of "the Feds." An increase in the number of funded positions for investigators and prosecutors resulted in a marked increase in the number of investigations over the past few years and thus Bart's services have been in higher demand.