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David C. Batson


Senior Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist and ADR Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of North Carolina; J.D., Cumberland School of Law of Samford University

Professor Batson, Senior Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist and ADR Counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serves as a mediator, consultant on effective public/private collaboration,...

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Professor Batson, Senior Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist and ADR Counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serves as a mediator, consultant on effective public/private collaboration, trainer, and dispute systems designer, providing support for the resolution of conflicts to representatives of government, regulated industry, and the public.

Professor Batson has over 30 years of conflict resolution experience spanning all major environmental programs. As former Senior Counsel with EPA's Office of Enforcement, he negotiated numerous legal actions, including several of the nation's largest settlements for noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations. He also served as primary counsel for development of regulations and enforcement policy pursuant to the CWA, SDWA, and CERCLA. As EPA ADR Counsel, Professor Batson represented the Agency in legislative endeavors, including reauthorization of CERCLA and enactment of the ADR Act of 1996. He also drafted the first national policy on the use of ADR in federal litigation and serves as a federal subject matter expert on confidentiality and ethics in ADR practice.

As an ADR professional, Professor Batson has convened and mediated over 500 matters, from settlements of administrative litigation to hazardous waste disputes involving over 1200 parties. He has also facilitated numerous public meetings and public policy initiatives, including restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and implementation of the National Ocean Policy. Professor Batson's expertise and skill as an advocate and ADR professional have been recognized with numerous awards from the US Attorney General, the General Counsels of OSHA and FAA, and the EPA Administrator. 

A highly regarded trainer and lecturer, Professor Batson has spoken and conducted a wide variety of training on environmental programs, negotiation, and the effective use of ADR for private organizations, federal and state agencies, professional associations, and foreign governments, including several in Eastern Europe and the Far East, Russia, Canada, and Brazil. He is an adjunct professor for Georgetown Law Center, and formerly for Vermont Law School, where he provides courses in negotiation and effective resolution of environmental and public policy disputes.

During 2009-2011, Professor Batson was Deputy Director of Coastal America, an innovative federal program that combines the resources and expertise of federal and state agencies, local government, corporate sponsors, and NGOs in a working partnership to restore and protect the coastal and marine environment.

Professor Batson is Chair of the ADR Committee, ABA Section on Energy, Environment and Resources, a member of the Ethics Council, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, and serves on the ADR Executive Council of the Maryland State Bar Association.  He received undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina, a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, and has advanced certifications in ADR and public participation. Professor Batson has a background managing firms in the utility and residential construction industry.

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