John H.Grady III (Jack)

Of Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8316

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.

Experience

  • Milliken & Company acquires Borchers from The Jordan CompanyJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Borchers Group Limited, a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions, from The Jordan Company, L.P.
  • NRC Group Holdings acquired by US Ecology, Inc. for $966 millionJones Day advised NRC Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE American: NRCG) in its acquisition by US Ecology, Inc., a leading North American provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities, pursuant to an all-stock transaction that values NRCG on an enterprise value at $966 million.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Lone Star Disposal, Delta Waste Services, and Tanner Road FacilityJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Lone Star Disposal, L.P.; Delta Waste Services, L.P.; and Tanner Road Facility, L.P.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc.Jones Day advised Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance and protective textile materials, in connection with the acquisition of Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc., leading manufacturers of cohesive bandages and tapes for healthcare, animal health, and sports medicine industries.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Inland Pipe Rehabilitation LLCJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in its acquisition and related financing of Inland Pipe Rehabilitation LLC, a leading provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions and technology to the municipal wastewater and storm water markets.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Canyon Bakehouse for $205 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its $205 million acquisition (including a performance-based contingent payment of $5 million) of Canyon Bakehouse, LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, Colorado.
  • Kaiser Aluminum acquires Imperial Machine & Tool Co.Jones Day advised Kaiser Aluminum Corporation in its acquisition of Imperial Machine & Tool Co., a leader in multi-material additive manufacturing and machining technologies for aerospace and defense, automotive, high-tech, and general industrial applications.
  • Granite Construction acquires Layne Christensen for $536 million stock mergerJones Day advised Granite Construction Incorporated in its $536 million stock-for-stock acquisition of Layne Christensen Company, a global water management, construction, and drilling company.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Waste Control SpecialistsJones Day advised long standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Waste Control Specialists LLC, an owner and operator of a unique waste disposal, storage, and treatment facility, from Valhi, Inc.
  • Koch Disruptive Technologies leads $150 million investment in INSIGHTECJones Day advised Koch Disruptive Technologies, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. focused on finding and funding innovative and emerging companies, as the lead investor in a $150 million Series E funding round for INSIGHTEC, a commercial stage medical device company.
  • J.M. Huber sells Silica business to Evonik for $630 millionJones Day advised J.M. Huber Corporation in the sale of its Silica business unit of Huber Engineered Materials to Evonik Industries AG for $630 million.
  • J.F. Lehman recapitalizes NorthStar Group ServicesJones Day advised long standing client J.F. Lehman & Company ("JFLCO"), a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sections, in connection with the recapitalization of NorthStar Group Holdings LLC, and its wholly owned subsidiary, NorthStar Group Services, Inc. (collectively, "NorthStar"), and related amendments to Northstar's senior secured credit facilities.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires BEI Precision Systems & Space CompanyJones Day advised long standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of PSSC Holding Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary, BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc., a leader in high-accuracy positioning sensor technologies, providing advanced design, manufacturing, and testing for reliable and resilient products and systems.
  • Newell Brands sells Tools division to Stanley Black & Decker for $1.95 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the $1.95 billion sale of its Tools business, including the Irwin®, Lenox®, and Hilmor® brands, to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Axiall acquired by Westlake Chemical for $33 per share in all-cash transaction with $3.8 billion enterprise valueJones Day advised Axiall Corporation in connection with Westlake Chemical Corporation's $3.8 billion enterprise value acquisition.
  • The Southern Company acquires AGL Resources for $12 billionJones Day advised The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) in connection with the acquisition and related financing of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in a cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including total equity value of approximately $8 billion.
  • Newell Brands acquires Jarden Corporation for $16 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Jarden Corporation in a cash and stock transaction valued at $60 per share, or approximately $16 billion in equity value.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires ENPRO Holdings GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company National Response Corporation of ENPRO Holdings Group, Inc., a provider of environmental and emergency response solutions in the Northeast U.S.
  • Pinova sold to Symrise for $417 millionJones Day advised Pinova Holdings, Inc., a global leader in specialty chemicals manufactured from natural and renewable feedstocks, in its sale by TorQuest Partners to Symrise AG, a global supplier of fragrances, flavors cosmetic active ingredients, and materials as well as functional ingredients, for $417 million.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 2001
      Benefits of Corporate Compliance Programs, Georgia Industry Association
    • 2000
      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
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