TERRENCE M. FAY | Thompson Hine


Terry is a partner and a member of the firm’s Environmental practice group. He has more than 32 years of experience in all aspects of environmental and public law. Terry is a former Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, former Chief Civil Attorney of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, former Chief Counsel to the Ohio Board on Unreclaimed Strip-Mined Lands, and the former judicial clerk to the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Ohio Power Siting Board. While in public service, he participated in some of the most important events in environmental and public law in Ohio during the last three decades, including the Erie Nuclear Power Station power siting proceedings, the filing of the first state cost recovery action under the federal Superfund Act, the extensive re-drafting of Ohio’s hazardous waste and strip-mining laws and regulations to conform them to the requirements of federal law, the defense of the exclusive licensing provision of Ohio’s hazardous waste laws, and the letting of millions of dollars in state contracts for the clean up of unreclaimed strip-mined lands in Ohio.
Since leaving public service for private practice, he has been involved in major civil and criminal environmental litigation on behalf of firm clients, and has counseled companies ranging in size from publicly traded Fortune 500 companies to small family businesses in the environmental aspects of the acquisition and divestiture of business units and real property. He has also counseled private companies in securing and defending public contracts and the legal restrictions on gifts made to federal and state public officials, successfully enjoined the threatened termination of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar public contract, and he has counseled debtors and creditors on the treatment of environmental liabilities under the federal Bankruptcy Code.

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