Mr. Hartman represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations, trials, and appeals primarily involving complex federal regulatory programs, with an emphasis on environmental matters, and advises clients on compliance with those programs. He also conducts internal investigations, counsels clients regarding corporate compliance programs, and represents clients in Congressional investigations regarding lobbying, ethics, and related issues. He has represented clients in industries including maritime, energy, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, recycling, chemicals, manufacturing, and real estate. Some of his more significant matters include:
Prior to joining K&L Gates in 1992, Mr. Hartman served in the United States Department of Justice as Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resource Division (1991-92), Deputy Assistant Attorney General (1989-91) and Deputy Assistant to the Attorney General (1989). Mr. Hartman was responsible for overseeing all U.S. government litigation arising under federal environmental, natural resource, energy, and related laws. He reviewed, approved, and supervised civil and criminal prosecutions arising under federal environmental law, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Mr. Hartman was also responsible for directing other litigation, including the defense of regulations issued by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior, and Endangered Species Act and Fifth Amendment “Takings” matters. He handled the first appeal of a sentence for an environmental crime imposed under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and represented President George H.W. Bush in opposition to a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenge to the President’s authority to conduct negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mr. Hartman also served on several senior-level administration policy groups, including the Domestic Policy Council wetlands task force and the Department of Energy Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program interagency review group. During his service as Deputy Assistant to the Attorney General, Mr. Hartman was a member of the Attorney General’s Judicial Selection Commission. In 1992 he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service.
Mr. Hartman has testified before Congressional committees regarding the enforcement aspects of legislation, including the Oil Pollution Act. In 2007 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the department’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Federal Advisory Committee.
He also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Horsehead Industries, Inc. In addition, he served in state government, as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and Deputy General Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Dick Thornburgh.
He was the Editor-in-Chief of The EPA Enforcement Manual (Thompson Publishing Company) and has published and lectured for numerous organizations, including the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, the Washington Legal Foundation, Corporate Legal Times, the National Law Journal, the Environmental Law Institute, and the American Bar Association. He has also been interviewed by CBS Evening News, Frontline, Fox News, PBS Nightly Business Report, and The Wall Street Journal. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Environmental Law 360.