Christian brings to PS&H his extensive experience in environmental law, focusing on the intersection of environmental issues and real estate. He has counseled clients on a range of complex environmental matters including enforcement, regulatory and compliance issues, real estate and renewable energy projects including brownfields, construction and contractor claims, coastal permitting, and waterfront property rights.
Christian gained significant experience as both a civil and criminal prosecutor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has tried over 25 jury trials to verdict. For almost a decade, he served as Counsel to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. He also established and led the Environmental Crimes Task Force at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office. In those positions, he dealt with diverse environmental issues including enforcement matters and the drafting of legislation. In addition, Christian has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other federal and state agencies. Most recently, he has worked in private practice, helping clients interface with regulators and navigate environmental issues.
“Christian brings an exceptional experience and proven skills from both the public and private sector to our firm and our clients,” said PS&H Managing Partner Howard Merten. “His knowledge of environmental issues critical to this region, and his ability to bring together different constituencies to reach a solution, will be of immeasurable value to our clients.
Christian received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College and his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He serves on the board of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and as a unified partner in soccer for the Rhode Island Special Olympics.