Bilal M. Harris

Areas of Emphasis

Bilal Harris is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. As a former attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Mr. Harris utilizes his experience to assist clients on a broad range of matters under major federal and state environmental programs, with emphasis on matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Background

Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Harris spent seven years working as an attorney in Region 4 of the U.S. EPA, primarily in the Office of CERCLA/Federal Facilities Legal Support. During this time, he negotiated numerous settlement agreements with potentially responsible parties under CERCLA and advised U.S. EPA regional program offices on a range of environmental matters, including CERCLA enforcement actions and site remediation. Mr. Harris worked with the United States Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) as the lead U.S. EPA attorney to negotiate Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) Consent Decrees. He conducted complex legal research for the U.S. EPA Region 4 Superfund Division regarding liability and property issues. Mr. Harris acted as the Region 4 Office of Regional Counsel subject matter contact for institutional controls, sitewide ready-for-reuse matters, and five-year reviews. He conducted administrative depositions with other U.S. EPA attorneys and participated as a member of the U.S. EPA Institutional Controls and Mining Enforcement National Workgroups.

Mr. Harris earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2011. During law school, he interned with the U.S. DOJ, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section; U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board; and U.S. EPA Office of Civil Enforcement. He was also a member of the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court team.

Mr. Harris graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology. Subsequently, from 2005 to 2007, he served as an Agriculture Extension Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Harris is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Georgia.