WILLIAM T. SESSION
Mr. Session concentrates his practice in the area of environmental law.
Mr. Session has represented clients in a wide variety of environmental law related cases. He has represented principal defendants in multi-defendant Superfund enforcement actions, including USA vs. Conservation Chemical Company , USA v. Morrison-Quirk Grain Corporation and Farmland v. Morrison-Quirk Grain Corporation. The latter two cases involved releases of hazardous substances at grain-handling facilities, and the resolution of environmental liabilities associated with those releases with federal and state authorities and private parties in judicial and administrative forums. He has represented secondary defendants in a number of other Superfund cases around the United States. Mr. Session has represented parties in jury-tried private cost recovery actions, citizen suit cases and common law environmental damage lawsuits.
Mr. Session has also managed Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting requirements for a large metal working company, a major university, a major city in the United States as well as other industrial concerns. During the last 25 years, Mr. Session has worked with a broad cross-section of federal, state and local environmental statutes including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and underground storage tank statutes in more than ten states.
Mr. Session has represented industrial clients requiring multi-location environmental assessments and public sector entities involved in a wide variety of environmental compliance and litigation issues. Most recently, Mr. Session represented a variety of clients threatened with criminal sanctions under federal environmental statutes. He has also represented clients in contribution and indemnity actions involving environmentally impaired property and has broad experience in toxic tort litigation. Mr. Session's environmental practice has also involved working with OSHA related issues.
Mr. Session is a frequent speaker at seminars held throughout the United States on environmental issues and has been a lecturer for the National Association of Realtors, The National Association of College and University Attorneys and other national associations. Mr. Session is also a faculty member of regional and national trial advocacy programs sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Justice System Improvement Activities
Former Chair of The Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Chair-Elect of the Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division
Chair of Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division "Standards for Admissibility of Technologically-Sophisticated Evidence" Committee
Western District of Missouri Civil Justice Reform Act Committee
Panelist AJS/Lawyers Conference Presidential Showcase Program on Judicial Merit Selection ABA Mid-Year Meeting, San Francisco, CA 1992