Karl Bourdeau, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Karl Bourdeau is a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., which has specialized in handling complex environmental matters since the founding of the firm over thirty years ago. Karl has practiced environmental law exclusively for 27 years, engaging principally in a regulatory, transactional, and litigation practice relating to hazardous substance and hazardous waste issues. This practice has included advising buyers and sellers of contaminated properties with respect to environmental issues and contractual and other protections to minimize liabilities associated with the transfer of such properties. Among other things, this representation has involved advice regarding state brownfield programs, regulatory requirements attendant to the cleanup of contaminated property, and litigation over liability for contamination. Karl’s practice has also focused on a wide variety of matters arising under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). This work has included the representation of numerous clients in negotiating remedial action settlements under CERCLA and corrective action orders under RCRA, as well as representation of clients in private cost recovery actions under CERCLA. Karl has also represented a number of industry groups in advocating reforms being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expedite property cleanups and make them more cost-effective. Karl graduated from Muhlenberg College, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978, where he served as Federal Developments Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.