David Edelstein

Attorney, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

David is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office. His current practice is focused on environmental regulation, enforcement, environmental liability insurance, and transactional matters. He works with businesses and government institutions to ensure that their operations are compliant with environmental law. He provides advice to businesses that helps minimize operational and legal risks. In his work, he appreciates clients’ desires to keep the environment clean and safe.

Prior to joining Vorys, David served as chief of the criminal enforcement unit for U.S. EPA Region VI in Dallas, Texas. He also served as a RCRA enforcement attorney for the U.S. EPA. His federal court enforcement experience includes trial and litigation work, where he worked closely with the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and other state and federal regulatory agencies.

Environmental & Legal Focus:

David has handled matters regarding many environmental, health, and safety laws including:

•Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
•Clean Air Act (CAA)
•Clean Water Act (CWA)
•Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
•Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA)
•Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
•Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

David has a science and legal background. He received his J.D. cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the vice chair of the Moot Court Board of Governors and an editor of the Journal of Law and Health. He received his B.S. in biology from Ohio Northern University and his M.S. in environmental science from Cleveland State University, which involved significant laboratory research and analysis.

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Vapor Intrusion: the Good, the Bad, and the Frustrating

Vapor intrusion is a process by which volatile chemicals in soil or groundwater migrate towards the surface and into indoor air. It has been understood as a human health risk pathway since the 1960s; however, regulations and response actions for indoor air were in flux for decades. In recent time, vapor intrusion has become a significant concern for environmental regulators, and thus, the regulated. Response actions may include, among other things, sampling, analysis, and mitigation/remedial activities to reduce or eliminate exposure to elevated concentrations of chemicals caused by to vapor intrusion. Join Attorney David M. Edelstein, Partner with the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, to discuss real world examples of the good, the bad, and the frustrating in vapor intrusion projects.