Two Seasoned Former EPA Enforcement Attorneys Join Verdant

Verdant is pleased to announce the addition of two seasoned former EPA enforcement attorneys — Jon Jacobs and Marie Quintin.  Both bring expertise in chemical products enforcement.

Jon Jacobs spent 27 years at EPA, first in the Office of Administrative Law Judges, then in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.  During his tenure, Jon held many positions.  He was a senior attorney in EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training where he specialized in environmental crimes involving EPA’s chemicals (TSCA) and pesticides (FIFRA) laws.  He also had national program management responsibilities such as drafting federal legislation, regulations, guidance, and policy.  Jon also served in OCEFT’s Washington Area Criminal Investigation Office as a regional criminal enforcement counsel where he advised EPA’s special agents in over 30 investigations of environmental crimes under all of EPA’s statutes.  Jon was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) assisting U.S. Attorney’s Offices in prosecuting cases in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.    He has earned an international reputation for his expertise in pesticides, toxic substances, and emergency planning (EPCRA) issues.

Jon’s insider knowledge of EPA, DOJ, and other federal and state agencies offers a unique understanding of how EPA and the federal government operate.  He maintains well established relationships with many key players at EPA allowing him to develop innovative strategies, options, and solutions that many others are unable to accomplish.

Prior to entering private practice, Marie Quintin was a Regional Criminal Enforcement Counsel in the EPA’s regional office in New York City.  She served as legal advisor to the Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent in Charge and federal agents regarding legal issues related to criminal investigations, as well as advisor to the Regional Counsel and Regional program managers.  Marie developed and managed Clean Air Act (CAA) enforcement cases and represented the Agency in administrative and civil enforcement negotiations and litigation for cases in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She won a Gold Medal for her work as a member of the prosecutorial team in the Tonawanda Coke Corporation (TCC) Criminal case in 2014, in which TCC was convicted by a federal jury and ordered to pay a $12.5 million penalty and make $12.2 million in community service payments for criminal violations of the CAA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Over the course of Marie’s career, she has established strong relationships with influential decision makers at all levels of the EPA. She has served as an instructor for EPA Region 2’s Criminal Enforcement Division and taught courses in subjects such as environmental crimes, clean air act enforcement and policy.

“We welcome Jon and Marie to the firm – and we know our clients will too.  Marie and Jon enhance our pesticides and toxic substances practices, and they also bring substantial expertise with EPA enforcement of its air, water, and waste programs.  Both have robust civil and criminal enforcement experience, including litigation,” said Phil Moffat, the firm’s managing principal.

Jon Jacob said that “Verdant has an excellent reputation for helping clients navigate a complicated and quickly evolving landscape.  I look forward to deepening Verdant’s capabilities in these practice areas and enhancing its ability to serve our clients at the highest level across various industry sectors.”