Veteran EPA Expert Attorney Joins AlterEcho

CHANTILLY, Va. (March 4, 2015) — An award-winning attorney with more than 30 years of experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and environmental Superfund mediation services is joining AlterEcho’s professional consulting team.

David C. Batson, Esq., will lead AlterEcho’s efforts in ADR, Superfund site cost allocation, PRP Group services, expert litigation support and related legal and environmental issues for commercial clients. Batson joins AlterEcho after a distinguished 36-year career with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

“We’re delighted to have someone of David’s caliber be a major part of the AlterEcho team,” says Patricia Derocher, President of AlterEcho. “His ADR and legal expertise will be tremendously important for clients in today’s uncertain environmental and economic climate. His insight and experience will be significant assets as we expand our services in this area.”

Batson held several leadership positions in US EPA legal offices, including Senior ADR Specialist, Senior Counsel for the Office of Enforcement, and ADR Counsel for the Office of General Counsel. As Senior Counsel, he negotiated several significant Superfund-related legal actions and helped develop federal regulations and enforcement policies.

As an ADR professional, he specialized in resolving complex enforcement, hazardous waste, and site/facility-related disputes, providing mediation services in more than 300 matters, for parties ranging from 2 to 1,200. He drafted the first national policy on the use of ADR in federal litigation, and his work has received awards from the US Attorney General, the General Counsels of OSHA and FAA, and the EPA Administrator.

A recognized expert in legal and equitable aspects of Superfund remediation requirements and confidentiality and ethics in ADR, he has served on the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, Vermont Law School and the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker on ADR and mediation at American Bar Association (ABA) conferences and similar legal and environmental events. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Coastal America Partnership, a public-private organization dedicated to coastal and marine ecosystem protection.

Batson is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., and East Carolina University.