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Craig Pendergrast is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. His practice includes a specialization in environmental law, commercial and real estate litigation. For more than 25 years, Mr. Pendergrast has worked with clients to assess their risks and resolve their problems and disputes in a highly-skilled and cost-effective manner through risk allocation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Mr. Pendergrast works closely with executives, in-house counsel and environmental managers, consultants, and the firm’s real estate and corporate lawyers to help clients address a wide variety of environmental matters involving transactional, advisory, insurance, regulatory, remediation, permitting, compliance, enforcement, brownfields, waste, water, air, wetlands, and litigation issues. His environmental practice includes the emerging fields of carbon management and renewable/alternate energy.

Mr. Pendergrast also has a strong commercial litigation practice, with experience including real estate, commercial code, business contract, mortgage fraud, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, lender liability, franchise, trade secret, restrictive covenant, manufacturing, and construction disputes.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Pendergrast practiced for a combined 23 years with the national law firms of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • "Adjusting Corporate Operations to Water Scarcity and Pollution Concerns," Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit, ALM, 2014
  • "Environmental Considerations in Commercial Leases," National Business Institute, 2013
  • “Case Study on Avoidance and Mitigation of Environmental Contamination Risks,” Society of Risk Management Consultants, 2012
  • “Carbon Dioxide Regulation under the Clean Air Act: Where are We Now and Where are We Going?” EUCI, 2011
  • “Environmental Risk Factors in Today’s Distressed Real Estate World,” State Bar of Georgia Real Property Law Section, 2011
  • “What the Future Holds Under Carbon Cap and Trade Requirements,” Georgia Association of Water Professionals, 2010
  • “Tri-State Water Issues,” University of Georgia School of Law’s Red Clay Conference, 2010
  • “The State Water Plan and Its Importance for the Real Estate Development Community in Georgia: Land Use and Growth in Georgia,” Law Seminars International, 2008
  • “Difficult Easement Issues," Georgia Real Estate Title Standards, ICLE, 2006
  • “Environmental Considerations in Shopping Center Development,” ICSC, 2006
  • “The Impact of Water Law on Real Estate Development in Georgia,” 2005
  • “Intersection of Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law in Georgia,” The Seminar Group, 2005
  • “Georgia Water Rights: An Overview," National Business Institute, 2003
  • “An Overview of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and its Plans and Model Ordinances,” National Business Institute, 2003

Publications & Articles

  • “Riding Out The Storms,” Construction Today, July/August 2014 Edition
  • “Do Forestry Roads Now Need Permits Under the Clean Water Act?” Forestry Today, 2011
  • “Georgia Foreclosure Proceedings in Today’s Recessionary Real Estate World,” Georgia Bar Journal, 2010
  • “Fundamentals of Water Law in Georgia: Protecting Water Rights, Use and Quality,” National Business Institute, 1998
  • “Whose Water is it Anyway? A Survey of Georgia Law on Surface Water and Groundwater Withdrawal Rights,” Georgia Water Resources Conference, 1997
  • “Red Clay, Run-Off, and Red Tape: A Summary of New Construction-Related Storm Water Regulation in Georgia,” State Bar of Georgia Environmental Law Section Newsletter, 1994
  • “The Georgia Shore Protection Act,” Environmental Law: Facing the Consequences, Fulton County Daily Report, 1992
  • “The Georgia Shore Assistance Act,” 17 Natural Resources Lawyer 397, 1984

Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.
  • Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Environmental, 2012.
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers - Environment, 2009-2012, 2014.
  • "2012 Top Lawyer" in Energy/Environmental/Natural Resource Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.