Brian Babb assists public and private companies to navigate, manage, and minimize environmental liabilities and risks under federal and state laws and regulations in acquisitions, divestitures and ongoing business operations. He has extensive knowledge of federal and state environmental laws and has extensive experience in ensuring clients comply with a myriad of environmental laws and to manage environmental issues and liabilities. Brian partners with clients to understand which environmental laws apply to the business and provides practical guidance to ensure compliance and to minimize environmental liabilities.

Brian's practice primarily involves transactional matters, regulatory counseling, representation in enforcement and permitting matters, contaminated site litigation, and counsel concerning solid and hazardous waste management, water and air pollution control, environmental policy, compliance, planning, and agriculture. He counsels clients on environmental considerations in real estate transactions and in business acquisitions and divestitures, agricultural law, mining, and oil and gas leasing. He has extensive experience with brownfields transactions, corporate environmental compliance management programs, CERCLA cost recovery and contribution actions, wetlands, compliance audits, site investigations and remediation, and environmental assessments. 

Brian represents clients before local, state and federal environmental agencies and state and federal courts. He formerly served as the Acting Deputy Director, Deputy Chief Counsel, Managing Attorney and Staff Attorney for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (1987-1993) and as a Staff Attorney for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1986-1987).

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Natural Resource Committee

Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee

Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental and Agricultural Law Committees

Gorman Heritage Farm, Former Board of Directors

Dan Beard Council - Boy Scouts of America, Former Board of Directors

Awards & Recognition

Named Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004-2007, 2011

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2021

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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News & Resources


Blog Posts


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


J.D., Capital University Law School, 1985

B.S., The Ohio State University, 1980

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