Chemical industry

Porter Wright’s experience with the chemical industry is broad and deep. From the beginnings of modern environmental law, we have represented chemical manufacturers and supply chain enterprises in the industrial heartland. Porter Wright is General Counsel to the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, the leading trade association for Ohio’s chemical manufacturers and affiliated businesses, that the firm helped form. For decades, we have collaborated with the major chemical industry trade associations in Washington, including the American Chemistry Council, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the American Coatings Association. We participate on behalf of the industry at all levels, working to influence legislation, rules and regulatory policy decisions affecting the industry. In addition, we represent companies of all sizes in permitting and compliance matters, and appeals of regulatory actions. Our team helps formulate cost-effective compliance plans, appropriate crisis management strategies and optimal solutions when remediation is required. We work with clients to identify, and anticipate changes in, relevant safety and environmental legal requirements and best practices, and to achieve operational excellence.

We defend chemical companies against personal injury, toxic torts, class actions, and agency and citizen suit enforcement. We have represented Fortune 50 companies to small family-owned businesses in a wide variety of litigated matters, including cases involving allegations of personal injuries arising from the use or exposure to chemicals in industrial, medical, or consumer products. Our Superfund and Natural Resources Damage practice includes prominent groundbreaking cases like Chemdyne, Conservation Chemical, Fields Brook and the Duwamish River, among many others.

We view the science of chemistry as fundamental to our way of life, and have a long historical and continuing commitment to the best possible representation of the interests of companies within this industry.