Douglas R. Blazey

Of Counsel

Douglas R. Blazey brings significant experience in the government and private sectors to his leadership of the firm’s environmental, energy, and natural resource practice. For 12 years, he served as Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region II. He also served as Chief Counsel for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Resources for seven years after serving for the previous seven years as Special Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Philadelphia office, and then as Director of the Bureau of Administrative Enforcement. A trial and appellate attorney, Doug has successfully resolved many of the most complex enforcement and regulatory issues affecting business and government.

Douglas R. Blazey

Doug’s practice includes disputes involving air, water, solid waste and chemical regulation, Superfund remediation, Brownfields revitalization, wetlands and ocean disposal regulation, endangered species protection, environmental review, surface and deep mining, oil and gas regulation, dam safety, and nuclear regulation.

For nine years, Doug has taught Environmental Law and Sustainability as an Adjunct Professor in the Legal Studies Department of Temple University Fox School of Business. He also has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe on environmental topics.

Doug is active in the Rotary Club of Wayne, Pennsylvania, its newly created charitable foundation, and their various community service activities, including support of Mercy Hospice, the Wayne Senior Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Rotary District 7450. He was District Governor for 2014-2015 and served as Chair of the Rotary District 7450 Nominating Committee during 2018-2019.

Representative Matters

  • Special Counsel for the Pennsylvania Stormwater Coalition, a consortium of primarily Montgomery and Berks County communities, supporting their advocacy for effective, yet efficient and realistic, improvements to the dramatically upgraded MS4 stormwater permit program proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in 2009-2015.
  • Member of the outside counsel team for Philadelphia’s Land Bank, winning dismissal of constitutional claims by a property developer.
  • Supporting counsel for a complex charitable activity tax abatement proceeding.
  • Counsel in various real property environmental assessment and cleanup matters.
  • Supporting counsel in the administration of decedents’ estates.

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Education
  • Yale Law School, LL.B., 1968
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1965
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Memberships
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Chairman of the Environment and Energy Law Committee
  • Air and Waste Management Association, Past Chairperson of Middle Atlantic States Section and the Delaware Valley Chapter