Area of Emphasis
Varun Shekhar is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Shekhar’s practice encompasses a variety of environmental programs, with emphasis on federal, state and local regulatory matters arising under the Clean Air Act (CAA). He regularly counsels Title V facilities across the country in the course of compliance determination and assurance, state and federal enforcement actions, citizen suits and CAA Section 114 information requests.
Mr. Shekhar also has substantial experience in advising entities with continuous parametric and emissions monitoring systems, including coordinating with consultants and other technical advisors in identifying and addressing auditing requirements and operational and data processing issues as they relate to compliance determination. He further advises clients with respect to emerging air quality issues, including climate change and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from select industrial sectors.
In addition to his experience involving the CAA, Mr. Shekhar frequently assists clients involving water quality permitting and enforcement issues under the Clean Water Act, matters arising under the hazardous materials regulations, transportation safety occupational health and safety issues, environmental due diligence, and various intellectual property matters.
Mr. Shekhar graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2013, also attending the University of Michigan Law School during his course of study. During law school, he served as a summer law clerk to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and as a research assistant to Professor Linda S. Greene of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Shekhar also worked with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in conjunction with the Wayne State University Transnational Environmental Law Clinic where he assisted community groups during planning phases of various large-scale construction projects in Detroit.
Mr. Shekhar earned his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 with research emphasis in progenitor and stem cell-directed tissue engineering from Wayne State University, where he also previously received his Bachelor’s degree in 2007.
Memberships and Affiliations
Mr. Shekhar is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, and the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations.
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, ‘13
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, ‘13
B.A. in Political Science, Wayne State University, ‘07