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Dennis Hirsch

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  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

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Dennis serves as Counsel to the Firm and is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Appellate and Supreme Court, Privacy and Data Security and Sustainability Initiatives practice groups. His areas of focus include environmental law, climate change law, and appellate practice. In addition to his practice at Porter Wright, Dennis serves as the Geraldine W. Howell Professor of Law at Capital University Law School where he teaches environmental law, administrative law, appellate litigation and information privacy law. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Professorship and spent a semester at the University of Amsterdam where he conducted research on Dutch privacy regulation and taught a course on Comparative Information Privacy Law.

In the environmental and energy law fields, Dennis represents clients in complex regulatory and appellate litigation, administrative rulemakings, environmental permitting and legislative proceedings. He also counsels clients on the environmental aspects of business transactions, environmental regulatory compliance and the legal dimensions of renewable energy projects. His practice focuses on the Clean Air Act, climate change law, renewable energy and environmental appeals. He teaches a seminar on Clean Air Act Law and Policy at Capital Law School and has received national recognition for his environmental law text book and his numerous articles on environmental law.

Dennis has represented clients in appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ohio Supreme Court, and numerous courts of appeals. He drafts briefs, conducts oral argument, answers jurisdictional and procedural questions, represents amicus parties and holds moot courts for co-counsel. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1991-1992) and teaches Appellate Advocacy at Capital Law School where he trains students in the arts of brief writing and oral advocacy.

Dennis brings to his privacy law practice a wide-ranging knowledge of privacy statutes, FTC policies and consent decrees. He focuses on how these various laws and policies apply to the Internet, electronic communications, and online and social media. Dennis has published articles on privacy law and policy in law reviews and professional journals and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic. This summer, he will serve on the faculty of the University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law's (IViR) Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy, http://www.ivir.nl/courses/plp/plp.html.

Dennis is also an active member of the firm’s Sustainability Initiatives Practice Group. He counsels clients on greenhouse gas emissions trading, drafts contractual provisions governing environmental attributes such as carbon credits or renewable energy certificates, and advises clients on federal and state regulatory developments in the areas of climate change and renewable energy. Dennis has written extensively on greenhouse gas emissions trading and on other environmental trading programs, and has spoken on the topic at bar associations, universities and CLE programs across the country. 
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