Mr. Brager, a former Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., is both a litigator and a counselor. Mr. Brager represents clients in product liability litigation involving alleged toxic torts to land, such as when every day compounds such as gasoline and dry cleaning solvent enter the environment. Mr. Brager also represents companies in all other types of contaminated property litigation, such as cost recovery and natural resource damages litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and related state laws.
Mr. Brager also represents companies in permit, variance, and enforcement proceedings (administrative, civil and criminal) under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. He also represents individuals who have been charged with being “operators” under the Clean Air Act. Mr. Brager also represents clients in a variety of non-environmental litigation, including such diverse subject matters as breach of contract, defamation, and toxic tort.
Mr. Brager’s counseling practice involves all aspects of environmental compliance, with particular focus on the Clean Air Act. Mr. Brager has extensive experience providing counseling with respect to a number of Clean Air Act regulations, ranging from the Benzene Waste Operations NESHAP and Vinyl Chloride NESHAP, to Refinery MACT and Fiberglass MACT, to New Source Performance Standards for petroleum refineries and storage tanks, to Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Non-Attainment New Source Review. Mr. Brager represents trade associations and companies in rulemaking proceedings under the Clean Air Act (including the air toxics and enforcement sections of that Act) and the Clean Water Act.
Mr. Brager lectures and publishes articles on the air toxics, permitting, and enforcement provisions of the Clean Air Act, as well as on cost-effective means of avoiding and defending against enforcement actions and prosecuting and defending cost recovery and natural resource damages litigation.
Mr. Brager served as law clerk for Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Brager was selected for inclusion in the 2013-2018 editions of Best Lawyers, the 2011-2013 editions of Super Lawyers and is recognized as a leading U.S. practitioner in environmental law by Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers .