Jack Grady has practiced environmental law for 28 of his 39 years as a lawyer. He has has argued cases before several federal district courts and federal courts of appeal. Jack's experience includes serving with the U.S. Department of Justice as an environmental litigator. He also has represented clients on environmental aspects in numerous high-value transactions, including several in excess of one billion dollars. Jack obtained approval of one of the first nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission reduction credits in Georgia. He also negotiated with the State of Georgia for a carbon sequestration agreement for the creation of greenhouse gas emission credits related to reforestation of a state-owned forest.
Jack represents clients in litigation, transactions, investigations, and regulatory matters involving all environmental media. He has represented clients in the defense of governmental environmental enforcement actions, private party environmental claims, and other environmental litigation. Jack has successfully defended CERCLA parent-operator liability cases and has served as common counsel to a PRP group. Jack's practice also has included general litigation matters, including defense of claims under the federal False Claims Act.
While at the Department of Justice he served as lead trial counsel on several matters under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.
While at DOJ he received DOJ's Special Achievement Award and two U.S. EPA Bronze Medals. He contributed as an instructor in several DOJ training programs and EPA's RCRA Workshop. Prior to joining DOJ, Jack served as staff counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Benefits of Corporate Compliance Programs, Georgia Industry Association
OSHA's Proposed Ergonomics Rule, Georgia Industry Association
- June 1999
Assessing and Allocating Environmental Risk and Recent Developments in Environmental Regulation, Georgia Industry Association
- March 1998
Doing the Right Deal the Right Time -- Assessing and Allocating Environmental Risk, The Textile Industry Mergers & Acquisitions Institute
- September 1997
Self Critical Analysis Privilege and its Application to Environmental Regulation, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Environmental Conference
- New England School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1980); Boston College (B.A. 1975)
- Massachusetts; Georgia; U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Northern District of Georgia, and Central District of Illinois; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits
- After developing substantial general litigation and business representation experience in private practice, he served from 1991 to 1997 as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice
- Selected as a "leader in their field" by Chambers USA (2013-2016)