Paul M. Drucker Partner
Paul is adept at helping clients develop comprehensive legal strategies that take into account their business operations, their commercial interests and their desire to be in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. Paul’s ability to analyze and streamline complex problems and develop understandable and practical solutions is highly valued by the firm’s clients.
As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Environmental Law department and its Water Law, Litigation and Appellate teams, Paul represents corporate clients in complex commercial and environmental litigation and arbitration. Paul’s substantial experience in motion practice includes dispositive motion writing and oral argument in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has resolved a wide array of contract, product liability, fraud, toxic tort and related matters, as well as cases involving CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, CAA and other federal and state statutes. Paul also works with municipal wastewater treatment plants in various jurisdictions on complicated compliance and litigation issues.
He regularly drafts federal appellate briefs involving complex environmental issues and was the principal author of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning Clean Water Act issues that received national media attention.
As the founder and leader of the firm’s Pipeline practice team, Paul advises major oil companies and pipeline operators regarding pipeline siting and installation, integrity management issues, pipeline safety regulations, leak response, crisis management, environmental remediation and investigations into pipeline and refinery incidents. He interacts with PHMSA, USCG, EPA and other state and federal regulatory authorities regarding response activities, legal claims, and environmental impacts arising from pipeline and refinery releases.
In addition, Paul counsels major corporations on environmental, health and safety issues in regional, national and international business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, stock purchase agreements, divestitures and real estate transactions. He frequently manages environmental due diligence, oversees environmental investigations and negotiates environmental provisions in transaction documents. Paul has been involved in a number of high-profile multimillion and multibillion dollar transactions and M&A deals.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Paul practiced environmental law and complex commercial litigation at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.
Professional and Community Involvement
Guest lecturer, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management MBA program and Illinois Institute of Technology Master of Architecture Graduate Program, environmental issues in corporate and real estate transaction
Pro bono representation: Obtained reversal of several coverage decisions for cancer patients in need of bone marrow/stem-cell transplantation whose health insurance providers had denied coverage for such transplants by claiming that the treatment was "experimental or investigational" or "not medically necessary," among various other justifications
Veteran ice hockey referee, USA Hockey, achieved Level 4 certification (the highest level available)
Officiates youth, high school, AAA and ACHA college hockey, as well as USA Hockey National Championship tournaments