Environmental Lawyer and Business Litigator Craig Pendergrast Joins Taylor English

September 14, 2010

Craig Pendergrast, one of Atlanta’s leading water law and business litigators, has joined law firm Taylor English. Foy Devine, chair of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group said, “His broad business litigation background, particularly his environmental and real estate litigation experience, makes him a welcome addition to our rapidly-growing team.” Mr. Devine said increasing regulatory enforcement, emerging greenhouse gas regulations and litigation, as well as the recent BP oil spill, have increased the demand for environmental legal services. In addition, he said, the surge in loan defaults has caused more demand for real estate litigators.

Mr. Pendergrast, who has 26 years of legal experience, comes to Taylor English having practiced at national business law firms Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP. Mr. Pendergrast helps clients address complex environmental matters—in transactional, advisory, regulatory, enforcement and litigation settings. His practice also includes a strong concentration on real estate disputes—including secured lending, mortgage fraud and foreclosure litigation. An established water law expert, he has served as an attorney on the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s committee that created the integrated water management plans and model ordinances governing the metro Atlanta area. He has also consulted on issues relating to the tri-state water wars. Some other environmental matters Mr. Pendergrast has handled include:

  • Key involvement in the expansion of Georgia State University’s urban campus through brownfields redevelopment projects, including the 2,000-bed University Commons dormitory and the new Panthers football practice facility.
  • The defense of a Fortune 500 company against a multi-million dollar Superfund environmental remediation cost recovery case.
  • Representation of a major residential developer in connection with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s storm water regulation enforcement campaign.
  • Representation of the Berkeley Lake Homeowners Association in connection with the remediation of lake sediment resulting from development activities.

Mr. Pendergrast said he came to Taylor English because of the firm’s top legal talent and entrepreneurial business model. “Due to Taylor English’s favorable rate-structure model, I can do what I like to do most–be an experienced, hands-on lawyer working with clients to address their legal needs and problems,” he said. “I’m looking forward to using the Taylor English platform and its strong group of business lawyers and litigators to better serve our clients.” Mr. Pendergrast, a native Atlantan, is a board member of The Trust for Public Land’s Georgia branch, best known for its involvement in the Atlanta BeltLine project and protection of lands on the Chattahoochee River. He also works with community groups dedicated to revitalizing the Bankhead-Bolton area of northwest Atlanta and served for many years on the Georgia Conservancy board. Mr. Pendergrast is recognized as a leading lawyer for the environment in Georgia in the 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. He holds a JD from the University of Georgia’s School of Law and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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