Gregory S. Narsh is of counsel in the Detroit and Harrisburg offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, concentrating in environmental, safety and health matters. Mr. Narsh’s practice focuses largely on regulatory, compliance and administrative matters, but includes administrative litigation as well. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team, and is a Fellow of the Pepper Center for Public Service.
Mr. Narsh, formerly a chemical engineer, spent 12 years in the chemical industry with Monsanto Company, where he was a process engineer and production supervisor and, for more than eight years, was responsible for safety and/or environmental compliance at a large chemical manufacturing facility. He has more than 35 years of combined industry and legal experience with environmental and safety issues. He has also taught environmental law as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Mr. Narsh’s environmental practice covers all areas of state and federal environmental law, including air, water and waste issues. In addition to general compliance and enforcement matters, he has experience handling state and federal Superfund matters and environmental aspects of large and small transactions (mergers, acquisitions, real estate transactions, etc.). He has represented small and large corporations, as well as municipalities. He has been involved in the acquisition of several mining operations and has handled permitting and enforcement issues for various mining companies (including salt mines, gold mines, coal mines and rock quarries). He has been counsel of record and/or appeared before state administrative agencies, state courts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board. He also has represented clients before state and federal agencies in connection with environmental/criminal investigations.
Mr. Narsh also has a comprehensive national safety and health practice. Over the past 35-plus years, he has handled hundreds of enforcement matters involving commercial and industrial safety and health issues in both “general industry” and the construction industry, including over 50 workplace fatality investigations. He routinely counsels clients regarding citations and penalties assessed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and numerous equivalent state safety agencies. His involvement ranges from settlement negotiations with the agencies through litigation, if necessary. He has tried several cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also has similar experience with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
In addition to the safety and environmental areas, Mr. Narsh has experience working with state and federal administrative agencies generally. He has handled compliance and enforcement matters with MSHA, the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and others.
Mr. Narsh maintains a strong pro bono practice and, in 2016, developed the Immigrant Rights Project in Pepper’s Detroit office aimed at assisting low income persons in southeast Michigan. Primarily, although not exclusively, aimed at the large local Hispanic community, the Project has assisted a wide range of individuals and families since its formation. Mr. Narsh is active in the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, is the co-chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Latino Caucus and is near-fluent in Spanish.