Peter Gray serves as co-chair of Dentons' US Environment and Natural Resources practice. Since joining the legacy firm in 1985, he has worked on a broad range of environmental matters, including disputes over responsibility for cleanup of contaminated property, challenges to state and federal environmental regulations, enforcement cases involving hazardous materials, arbitration in data compensation claims involving pesticide data submissions, and climate change planning and advocacy.
Mr. Gray has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading Environmental attorney in the Washington, DC area and in Super Lawyers as a leader in his field. Mr. Gray has also been recognized by Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 2014 Legal Who's Who in Environmental Law.
In addition to his environmental litigation practice, Mr. Gray has a diverse Washington, DC-based regulatory practice in which he regularly represents clients before numerous federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, and counsels clients on hazardous materials management, release reporting requirements and climate change.
One of Mr. Gray’s areas of concentration is the regulation of pesticide products by EPA, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Mr. Gray is one of a handful of lawyers experienced in litigating “pesticide data compensation” arbitrations under FIFRA, and has handled hundreds of claims over the past 25 years.
Mr. Gray writes extensively in the environmental area. He was selected by the American Bar Association to write the definitive treatise on Superfund, which is scheduled for release in fall 2015. Other manuals and treatises he has authored include The CERCLA Basic Practice Manual (published by the American Bar Association 2008); the Pesticide Regulation Handbook (2007); and The EPCRA Basic Practice Manual (published by the American Bar Association 2002). Mr. Gray also participates as a commentator in broadcast media, having appeared on Fox Business News and Bloomberg Radio.
Mr. Gray frequently writes for the Washington Legal Foundation, and he is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter. He has served in many leadership roles in the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, including past Chair of the Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee, and the Site Remediation Committee.
Mr. Gray is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association
- National coordinating counsel for multinational munitions company on Superfund litigation. In this capacity, Mr. Gray has orchestrated the company's defense of dozens of federal and private cost recovery cases filed against the company in connection with cleanup of contamination linked to a pesticide which the company sold in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Represented Fortune 500 Company in Natural Resource Damage action filed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (NJDEP v. 3M et al.).
- Defended numerous Fortune 500 and multinational corporations in enforcement actions brought by state agencies and EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA").
- Represented numerous companies in enforcement actions brought by the US Department of Transportation under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.
- "The Changing Landscape of Climate Change Law,” a chapter of The Legal Impact of Climate Change, 2013 ed., Thomson Reuters, May 1, 2013.
- "Don’t Board the ‘Fracking Banned’ Wagon," Environmental Leader, May 14, 2012.
- "Following Sackett v. EPA, administrative compliance orders might wane," Financier World Global Reference Guide 2012: Energy & Utilities, April 2012.
- "What's the Fracking Problem?," Environmental Leader, March 27, 2012.
- "Climate Change Laboratory: AB 32," Environmental Leader, February 13, 2012.
- Lawsuit On "Fracking" Confirms NEPA Law Has Lost Its Rudder, Washington Legal Foundation, October 7, 2011 (Vol. 20 No. 19), co-authored with Christopher H. Marraro.
- "Government Purchasing of Efficient Products and Renewable Energy,” a chapter of The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, May 24, 2011, co-authored with Geri Edens and Stephen Ruscus.
- “Handicapping Senate Passage of the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill,” Environmental Leader, December 9, 2009.
- "Stimulus Package Recharges Renewable Energy," Urban Land, August 2009.
- "Divvying Up the Tab: Implications of Burlington Northern on Superfund Apportionment," Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter, (June 2009), co-authored with Christopher Baker.
- "Is Coal The Fuel Of The Future?" Law360, February 12, 2009.
- "Climate Change Suits against Fossil Fuel Power: Will They Get Hotter or Colder?," Bloomberg Corporate Law Journal, (Summer 2008) co-authored with J. Benjamin Winburn.
- "Climate Change Tort Suits: Hot or Cold?," Washington Legal Foundation, June 2008, co-authored with J. Benjamin Winburn.
- "Carbon Accounting: A Practical Guide for Lawyers," Natural Resources & Environment, (Winter 2008), co-authored with Geraldine E. Edens.
- "The SEC Is Getting Hot And Bothered Over Climate Change," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, January 2008.
Activities and Affiliations
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Board of Directors, Montgomery County Revenue Authority (Maryland)
- Founder / Board of Directors, Association of Climate Change Officers
- Chair, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Tort Committee, ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER)
- Board of Advisors, Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter
- Member, Environmental Law Institute Leadership Circle