Donald R. Wagner Presents at the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference
READING, PA, November 1, 2016 – Stevens & Lee Shareholder Donald R. Wagner presented at the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference held October 26-28, 2016, in Lancaster, PA.
In the panel session, “Take it to the Bank: Private Funding Opportunities for Brownfield Redevelopment,” Mr. Wagner and fellow speakers engaged an audience of community and economic development professionals, real estate developers and other industry professionals in a discussion on brownfield redevelopment in Central Pennsylvania. The plenary session focused on how to find financing opportunities and gain the regulatory approvals needed for a successful transaction.
Mr. Wagner also served on the event’s planning committee and moderated an additional panel session.
A Pennsylvania-licensed professional geologist as well as a lawyer, Mr. Wagner has 29 years of experience providing professional environmental services to commercial, industrial and manufacturing clients, developers, municipalities and economic development agencies. He concentrates his practice on the various environmental issues associated with a wide variety of industries, including the increasingly important domestic natural gas industry and its development of unconventional shale gas plays, such as the Marcellus and Utica Shales, and related natural gas gathering, processing, transportation and other infrastructure projects.
With respect to Brownfields development, he assists municipal entities, economic development agencies and private developers in obtaining financial incentives, conducting due diligence, procuring environmental insurance coverage and formulating and implementing cleanup plans to achieve the liability protection necessary to acquire blighted property for redevelopment purposes.
Mr. Wagner also counsels clients on state voluntary cleanup programs and assists them in formulating and implementing cost-effective cleanup strategies. He advises clients in the due diligence process, identifying, evaluating and allocating environmental risks associated with corporate M&A and real estate transactions and in negotiating and obtaining environmental insurance coverage to facilitate deals. He is a Pennsylvania-licensed property and casualty insurance producer.
In April 2008, State Senator Joe Scarnati appointed Mr. Wagner to serve on Pennsylvania’s Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board.
He holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law and a B.S. in Geology, cum laude, from the University of Miami.