Matthew Brewer is a senior attorney in the firm’s Environmental practice. Dr. Brewer counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental regulatory, litigation and transactional issues, and has broad experience with matters involving the involving the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and related environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act.

Dr. Brewer received his B.A. in biology (marine biology) and his Ph.D. in biology (freshwater ecology), and, with this strong science background, has a deep understanding of technical aspects of environmental issues and often works with experts to effectively present complex technical arguments in both regulatory and litigation settings.

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Dr. Brewer’s recent work experience includes:

  • Representing a client in remediation cost allocation proceedings related to a large and complex Superfund site.
  • Representing clients on TSCA matters, including advising on Premanufacture Notice and import and export notification requirements; negotiating a TSCA Section 4 test rule with EPA; and negotiating a settlement with EPA for alleged violations of TSCA 8(e) “substantial risk” reporting requirements.
  • Representing clients on FIFRA matters, including pesticide registration and labeling requirements and securing tolerances and tolerance exemptions for pesticide residues.
  • Representing a major power generating company in administrative proceedings to address licensing-related environmental issues under the Clean Water Act.
  • Overseeing remediation of contaminated CERCLA and RCRA corrective action sites purchased by clients, including working with local counsel to secure redevelopment approval and funding for a contaminated site under Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Act.
  • Representing a U.S.-based multinational mining company to evaluate and comply with federal regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.
  • Representing semiconductor manufacturers in negotiations with USEPA regarding compliance with industry-wide federal greenhouse gas reporting and emission regulations.
  • Representing a major auto manufacturer to evaluate federal and state air emission regulations to facilitate rollout of a 20-state warranty service program involving application of materials containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Representing foreign and multinational chemical manufacturing and processing companies to evaluate and comply with recently enacted European chemical regulations (REACH).

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J.D., 2004
University of Florida College of Law
Ph.D., 1996
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., 1989
Boston University



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