Dean A. Calland

Area of Emphasis

Dean Calland is a founding shareholder of the firm and a member of the Environmental Group. Mr. Calland’s practice focuses on hazardous and toxic substance regulation and enforcement under RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and related federal and state legislation and regulations. He also leads the firm’s chemical industry practice group.

Mr. Calland is a nationally-recognized authority on RCRA regulatory and corrective action issues and all forms of site remediation, especially brownfields. He participated in the legislative and regulatory negotiations that led to the passage of Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program (Act 2) and has worked on brownfields projects throughout the country. He also has extensive experience in handling river cleanup projects, particularly contaminated sediment sites.

He has extensive experience in negotiating environmental issues in complex domestic and foreign transactions, particularly in the chemical industry, and appellate experience arguing cost recovery issues before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Mr. Calland serves as national environmental counsel for a variety of large national and multinational chemical and plastics corporations and has assisted clients in establishing environmental counsel networks worldwide. He has been widely published and is a frequent lecturer on environmental law issues.


Mr. Calland obtained his B.A. from Yale University in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Calland is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar associations. He is a recent past Vice-Chair of the Committee on Environmental Transactions and Brownfields for the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Resources Section. Mr. Calland is also a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Association Foundation and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Mr. Calland has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Environmental Section since 1993 and was named the Best Lawyers® 2010 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. by BL Rankings. He has ranked in the highest rated category for Pennsylvania environmental lawyers in Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA Guide since 2003. Mr. Calland was selected to the 2004-2021 and 2023-2024 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and the 2004-2007 Top 50: Pittsburgh Super Lawyers lists (Thomson Reuters). He was also ranked a “Top Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines. In addition, Mr. Calland has been selected as a member of The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers. He is rated “AV Preeminent” (scoring 5 out of 5 – the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards) by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System.

Mr. Calland serves on the Board of Directors of Rivers of Steel, a regional nonprofit educational organization dedicated to heritage development of the region’s natural and shared resources with particular emphasis on historic manufacturing on the area’s rivers. He was a Board member of River Quest, a nonprofit which educated children and teachers regarding the ecologic value of Pittsburgh’s three rivers, until its recent merger with Rivers of Steel. Mr. Calland also led the firm’s annual participation in River Sweep, a program co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to conduct river bank cleanups of the Ohio River and its tributaries. He is the long-time President of the Board of Directors of Crossroads Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping at-risk inner city youth graduate from high school and go on to higher educational opportunities. Mr. Calland and his wife, Mary, are the recipients of the 2009 NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton National Award for outstanding service to Catholic education. He also served for many years on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Annual Event.