Chester R. Babst III
Area of Emphasis
Chip Babst is Chairman of the Firm and serves on the Management Committee. He is a member of the Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Mr. Babst has more than 40 years of experience in providing counsel on environmental matters to both private and public clients. His practice focuses on compliance and permitting issues and federal and state enforcement matters. Through his experience as environmental counsel for large Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Babst has developed preventative law programs for training and auditing, and a detailed program on how to prepare for and deal with environmental inspections.
Mr. Babst is a nationally recognized authority on Clean Air Act issues and has handled complex permitting and compliance issues at federal, state and local levels throughout the United States. His experience in dealing with federal and state agency penalty policies and enforcement processes has enabled him to assist clients in negotiating acceptable settlements in environmental enforcement cases involving significant demands for civil penalties and injunctive relief. He also has represented clients in administrative and judicial hearings at the state and federal levels and has presented environmental issues before the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Babst received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973, where he was Topics and Research Editor of the Law Review.
Memberships and Affiliations
Mr. Babst was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1973 and to the West Virginia Bar in 2000. He is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 20 years, and was named the Best Lawyers® 2012 Pittsburgh Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Babst has been listed in the highest rated category for environmental lawyers in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2003 and has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s top lawyers according to an annual survey published in Philadelphia magazine.
Active in community service, Mr. Babst is the vice chairman of the Allegheny County Health Department Air Advisory Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Allegheny County Air Quality Task Force. He also serves on the board of directors of Communities-In-Schools of Allegheny County, the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Promise, the board of trustees of the Cultural Trust, the board of directors of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, and as a fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Association Foundation. His work with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law following his graduation includes working to develop and implement an Environmental Certificate Program, serving as the chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Certification Program, working with the Black Law Student Association to develop and implement a mentoring program with members of the Allegheny County Bar, and serving on the Energy Law Advisory Board.