Craig K. Pendergrast

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

In his more than 35 years of practice, Craig Pendergrast has learned the ins and outs of a broad range of businesses while helping his clients work through their risks, problems and disputes. He is an environmental lawyer and litigator who solves problems and resolves disputes in a thorough, detail-driven, professional and cost-effective manner.

In the environmental field, he is a highly experienced resource for his clients and colleagues. He helps them understand the complex world of environmental regulation, risk, consulting and liability, and structure deals or resolve disputes in a way that makes sense and allocates risks and expenses appropriately.

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.

He has particularly strong interest and experience in integrated water management and the law relating to it, having served on the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s inaugural Technical Coordinating Committee which developed the District’s integrated water supply, waste water, and storm water management plans and model ordinances for their implementation. Among other water law engagements, he has served as counsel for the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint Stakeholders group which developed a Sustainable Water Management Plan for those river basins which have long been the subject of “water wars” involving intrastate and interstate water management considerations.

He also has a particularly strong focus on matters involving contaminated properties, including the development of plans and allocation of risks and costs associated with their purchase and sale, investigation, and remediation. He has formed and led groups of potentially responsible parties to work through the many legal challenges, including litigation, presented by such sites.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Pendergrast practiced for a combined 23 years with a full-service, AmLaw 100 law firm and an international firm whose clients included top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Affiliations

  • Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Georgia Conservancy, Former Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Georgia Solar Energy Association
  • Groundwork Atlanta, Former Board Member
  • Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, Class of 2010
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Inc., Former Board Member
  • Little Five Points Community Improvement District, Chair
  • Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Former Technical Coordinating Committee Member
  • Peachtree Hills Civic Association, Past President
  • State Bar of Georgia, Environmental Law Section, Real Property Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • The Trust for Public Land, Former Georgia Advisory Council Member, Continuing Urban Parks Committee Member
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Elder

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Environment, 2009-2012, 2014-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018-2022
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Environmental Law, 2012, 2016, 2018-2020
  • “2012 Top Lawyer” in Energy/Environmental/Natural Resource Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Business Torts and Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Class and Collective Actions
  • Construction
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts
  • Finance & Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Trial Practice
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

Education

  • The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1984
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia