Randall M. Lutz
Randy Lutz brings to Saul Ewing more than three decades of extensive experience in environmental law. He focuses his practice in brownfield redevelopments; environmental permitting and compliance, including counseling clients on regulatory issues with state and federal environmental agencies; litigation of environmental claims; and environmental enforcement defense. He has substantial experience in land use and oil and gas industry.
Prior to reentering private practice, Randy served in various public positions, including working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Maryland’s Attorney General's Office where he was Principal Counsel to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which included the environmental regulatory programs at that time.
As former Director of the EPA's nationwide criminal enforcement program, Randy was responsible for helping to establish the program at the EPA. He reviewed and approved all criminal investigations and referrals for prosecution, and developed national policies and priorities with respect to federal enforcement. His work with the EPA earned him the EPA’s Bronze Medal for outstanding public service.
Prior to his service with the EPA, Randy served for nine years as Principal Counsel and as Assistant Attorney General of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.
Randy is frequently asked to write and speak on a range of environmental and economic development issues. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental and Natural Resources and has been recognized by Corporate Counsel as one of the top lawyers for Energy/Public Utility, Environmental and Natural Resources Law in the state of Maryland.
Randy is admitted to practice in Maryland and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fourth, Third and D.C. U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Most recently, Randy has represented clients in a variety of environmental matters, including:
- Brownfields –
- Redevelopment of Sparrows Point, the 3,100 acre former Bethlehem Steel plant, facility and port.
- Redevelopment of the former Allied-Signal chrome plant into a 27-acre mixed-use waterfront office, retail, residential and recreational project in downtown Baltimore.
- Redevelopment of a former Exxon refinery and tank farm into a 30+ acre upscale shopping center including a Target and Harris Teeter.
- Redevelopment of former General Motors assembly plant into 1.8 million sq. ft. Amazon.com Fulfillment and Sort Center
- Litigation –
- CERCLA cost recovery action against the former owners of a large paint plant.
- Defend RCRA suit involving allegations of methane migration.
- Defend municipality in CERCLA suit for chemicals leaking from sewers.
- Settlement of CERCLA cost recovery claim for arsenic contamination at residential community.
- Evaluation of potential CERCLA cost recovery action against large former military installation
- Defense of criminal charges for allegedly filing false environmental reports
- Defense of lead paint personal injury lawsuit.