WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Boucher as a partner in the firm's Environment & Natural Resources Group in Washington. Boucher brings more than 22 years of experience helping clients in the chemical, pesticide, and agrichemical industries safely comply with complex state and federal regulations affecting their products. He joins the firm from Dentons US LLP, where he led that firm's chemical, pesticide, and consumer product regulation team.
"Michael has a stellar reputation in the industry as a leading authority in chemicals and pesticides regulation," said Philip T. Inglima, chair of Crowell & Moring. "We are thrilled to welcome him to the firm, where his experience expands upon the regulatory capabilities of our nationally recognized group."
Boucher is a leading adviser to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers with respect to federal and state regulations of basic and specialty chemicals and agricultural, institutional, and household pesticides. He also provides counsel on enforcement actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including internal compliance audits, voluntary disclosures, and the development of compliance programs. A portion of his practice focuses on counseling consumer product manufacturers on recalls and other safety compliance issues. He also closely monitors the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which will dramatically affect chemical management activities in the coming year. Boucher also handles transactional matters and is frequently consulted by clients both before and after mergers and acquisitions to assist with product compliance issues. His clients include Covestro LLC, Ferro Corp., Infineum USA L.P., LANXESS Corp., S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., and Xerox Corp.
"Particularly in light of the recent rewrite of TSCA and the Trump administration's need to implement these changes, Michael's arrival further adds to our group's bench strength in the chemicals and pesticides regulation space and will be of tremendous benefit to clients," said Elliott P. Laws, chair of the firm's ENR Group.
Boucher's addition comes on the heels of Peter Gray and John D. Conner Jr. joining the firm in April from Dentons' U.S. Environment and Natural Resources practice, where Gray was co-chair. Boucher's move to Crowell & Moring reassembles this formidable team, which has an eye toward creating one of the most substantial chemicals and pesticides practices in Washington.
"Crowell & Moring is known for its premier regulatory experience and its comprehensive capabilities in environmental law in particular," Boucher said. "The firm offers an incredibly deep bench of lawyers who are well-versed in the multifaceted science-based health and safety regulations affecting this industry, and will provide great service to my clients. I look forward to working with such an esteemed group of colleagues."
A sought-after speaker, Boucher lectures regularly on pesticide, chemical, and consumer product regulation and enforcement. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was recognized with the John M. Olin Fellowship and Prize in Law and Economics. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.
About Crowell & Moring's Environment & Natural Resources Group
Crowell & Moring's nationally recognized Environment & Natural Resources Group has more than three decades of experience successfully representing clients across the United States in all forums, including federal and state courts, agencies, and legislatures. Our lawyers and policy advisors are nationally acclaimed in air and water quality, civil and criminal environmental litigation, environmental tort litigation and trial, land use, toxic substances, chemical regulation, and site clean-up and reclamation matters.
About Crowell & Moring LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.
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