Brent A. Fewell

Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Brent Fewell

Brent Fewell is an environmental and natural resources partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. He has represented numerous companies in the investigation and cleanup of some of the nation’s most contaminated properties, including performing due diligence, negotiating consent decrees and orders, cleanup apportionment and litigating cost recovery actions under federal CERCLA and RCRA laws. Having served in senior-level corporate and government positions, Mr. Fewell has a unique perspective on developing and implementing effective programs to maximize compliance assurance and minimize enforcement exposure through the development of robust environmental management systems and EHS auditing. Mr. Fewell serves as a strategic advisor to companies involved in complex civil and criminal investigations and enforcement actions, and has extensive experience in advising companies on environmental compliance and health, safety and security programs. Mr. Fewell also regularly advises companies on policies and regulations affecting drinking water and clean water programs, pesticides, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other emerging contaminants. Mr. Fewell also advises and represents clients on innovative ecosystem market-based compliance strategies, such as nutrient trading, all aspects of environmental permitting, wetlands and stream permitting/mitigation, environmental impact assessments, and endangered species associated with site construction and development.

Mr. Fewell has written, spoken and testified extensively on developments arising under the Clean Water Act, water quality trading and a variety of other environmental topics. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Mr. Fewell was a senior vice president for environmental health and safety at United Water, Inc., a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, where he served as the company’s chief compliance officer overseeing compliance with U.S. EPA, OSHA, and state requirements. Prior to his time in private industry, Mr. Fewell was the principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the second highest water official at the EPA.

  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1998
  • Duke University, M.E.M., 1991
  • University of Maine, B.S., magna cum laude, 1988

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Publications and Multimedia
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
April 22, 2015
Federal Regulation of Water Transfers - Event Audio/Video
Birmingham Lawyers Chapter and Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group
April 24, 2008