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B. David Naidu

Partner
+1.212.536.4864
Fax +1.212.536.3901
Mr. Naidu has extensive transactional, litigation and regulatory compliance experience involving a diverse set of environmental areas. He has advised clients in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, real estate leases and financing. He possesses extensive experience in complex multi-party litigation. His advice to clients has covered a broad range of areas, including CERCLA (Superfund), brownfield redevelopment, eminent domain, natural resource damages, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, TSCA, OSHA, RCRA, oil spills and nanotechnology.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Naidu was an environmental associate for a New York law firm. He has written several articles on the environmental subjects, including a treatise published by the Oxford University Press entitled Biotechnology & Nanotechnology Regulation Under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws (2009).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • City of Summit Environmental Commission Member (2006 - present)
  • City of Summit Planning Board Member (2010 - present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “FIFRA and Nanotechnology,” webinar presentation for the The Knowledge Congress, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Nanochemicals and Navigating the Regulatory Patchwork,” webinar in conjunction with the Nanobusiness Alliance and American Chemistry Council, 2010.
  • Presenter, Securing the Promise of Nanotechnology, “Risks and Regulation for Industry,” presentation at the Environmental Law Institute’s 40th Anniversary Symposium, 2009.
  • Presenter, “Admission of Soil and Groundwater Samples and Analytical Results at Trial,” presentation at the Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference, 2007.

Litigation Experience

  • Department of Planning and Natural Resources, et al. v. Century Aluminum Company, et. al. (D.V.I.). Representation of clients in a natural resource damages litigation involving alleged groundwater and marine environment damages. This representation is ongoing.
  • United States v. 110 Sand Company et al. (E.D.N.Y.) Representation of owners and operators a C&DD landfill against federal government claims that landfill emissions violated the Clean Air Act. Reached a favorable settlement for the clients.
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection et al. v. Novartis Corp. et al. (NJ). Representation of an industrial PRP group at a Superfund site against state claims of alleged natural resource damages due to groundwater contamination. Reached a favorable settlement for the clients that was a fraction of the potential liability.
  • CBS Corp. v. Metro Fuel Corp., et al. (NY). Representation of the major broadcaster for damages to its television studio due to a contractor’s flooding the basement with oil. Recovered a significant sum for the broadcaster to compensate it for its losses.
  • State of New York v. AMETEK, Inc. et al.; AMETEK, Inc. v. Kraft Foods North America, et al. (S.D.N.Y.). Representation of an industrial PRP group in defense and settlement with the State for a site in upstate New York; and prosecution of contribution claims against more than 40 municipalities and a number of industrial defendants. Settled with the State and recovered monies to reimburse group members.
  • Shulman et al. v. Chromatex Inc.; United States v. Chromatex, Inc. (E.D.Pa). Representation of passive owners of a property against demands from the federal government for remediation costs; and prosecution of contribution and indemnification claims against former operators of the property. Matter is ongoing.
  • United States v. Atlas Tack Corporation (D. Mass). Representation of owners of a former industrial facility against federal government’s CERCLA cost recovery action. Settled with the government after a bench trial and mediation.
  • Ciba-Geigy Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al. (NJ). Representation of former owners and operators of industrial facility in a suit against various insurance companies. The matters have been resolved.