Pamela Marks leads Beveridge & Diamond's CERCLA/ Brownfields/ Subsurface Contamination Practice Group and previously served as Managing Principal of the Firm's Baltimore, Maryland regional office. Ms. Marks focuses her practice on solid and hazardous waste management, contaminated property remediation, water discharges, chemicals regulation and project development. She counsels clients on environmental regulatory compliance, permitting, and risk management, and litigates tort claims, contract disputes, and alleged environmental violations on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. She also has experience with the overlay of bankruptcy and environmental liabilities.
Regarding contaminated properties, Ms. Marks represents clients on hazardous substance and petroleum remediation issues arising under state law, CERCLA, RCRA, and FUSRAP. She also assists real estate buyers and sellers with environmental due diligence, negotiating environmental liability contractual provisions, and identifying and implementing brownfields risk management strategies. For example, she has helped her clients to assess when and how to pursue state voluntary cleanup programs, and the circumstances under which a purchaser may avail itself of a CERCLA defense for innocent landowners.
Ms. Marks' clients have included governmental entities and businesses in the chemical, power-generation, land development, biosolids, solid waste treatment, petroleum, retail, and beverage industries, as well as individuals and non-profit organizations.
Before joining Beveridge & Diamond, Ms. Marks served as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General, representing the Maryland Department of the Environment. Her environmental experience spanned counseling, negotiation, and litigation concerning hazardous waste, Superfund, water pollution, oil, sediment, and air pollution programs. She conducted joint enforcement with EPA, led federal facility compliance work, and served as a National Association of Attorneys General representative (along with representatives of DOD and other federal agencies) on an EPA task force to analyze federal facility remediation procedures. She also provided advice regarding proposed State legislation and regulations, and counseled a Governor's Task Force on Brownfields. In 1997, Ms. Marks received the Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award.
Ms. Marks served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph H. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Ms. Marks is a former Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Council, and former President of the Women's Law Center of Maryland. She has also served on other nonprofit boards.
Ms. Marks was recognized for excellent client service by the International Law Office.