B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Georgetown
Roy Prather is an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching “Environmental Justice,” a course that explores the frameworks that inform the analysis of environmental justice issues, including how an environmental justice lens can be applied to a wide range of areas to ensure access and equity focus efforts to resolve complex issues involving overburdened communities.
Professor Prather also serves as a principal in the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond P.C., the oldest and largest law firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of environmental law. He represents businesses and public sector entities across a broad range of industry sectors in federal and state courts in complex environmental and commercial litigation matters. Professor Prather’s practice includes defending citizen suits and class actions involving toxic tort and product liability claims under federal environmental laws and state analogues, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. He also works with clients to proactively manage sensitive multi-stakeholder interactions related to environmental justice, including developing creative solutions to address environmental justice community concerns. Professor Prather regularly advises clients on issues relating to regulatory compliance, and represents clients in indemnity and other commercial contract disputes relating to construction as well as contaminated site cleanup under the federal Superfund law (CERCLA). Additionally, he assists clients in navigating administrative regulatory proceedings under various environmental laws and advises them on mitigating the risks of regulatory enforcement actions and litigation. He serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee and is a member and former Chair of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee.
Professor Prather received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.