Gregory S. Narsh is of counsel in the Detroit and Harrisburg offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, concentrating in environmental, safety and health and transportation 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 practiced environmental law at Michigan’s largest law firm for more than three years before joining Pepper in Harrisburg. He spent 12 years with Monsanto Company, where, for more than eight years, he was responsible for safety and/or environmental compliance at a large chemical manufacturing facility, giving him more than 30 years of combined industry and legal experience. Mr. Narsh is currently an adjunct professor of law 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 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. He has more than 30 years of combined industry and legal experience with commercial and industrial safety and health issues, including "general industry" and "construction," as well as experience with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). 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 all the way through litigation, if necessary. He has tried several cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and has been involved in more than 50 industrial fatality investigations.
In addition to the safety and environmental areas, Mr. Narsh has experience with numerous enforcement matters with the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration. While in the chemical industry, he was responsible for the transportation of hazardous materials and was a first responder for transportation incidents.