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Joseph J McGovern

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

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Joseph J. McGovern concentrates his practice on environmental law.

Mr. McGovern has represented a diverse client base including multinational corporations, regionally prominent businesses and individuals. He has served as special environmental counsel for clients based in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Michigan.

He has handled matters involving:

  • Claims for insurance coverage for removal of pollutants from commercial real estate;
  • Asbestos abatement;
  • PCB discharges and cleanup in office buildings; and
  • Claims for insurance coverage for damage to commercial buildings from mold, mildew and fungus.

Mr. McGovern has tried numerous cases to verdict. He has litigated environmental claims arising from high-rise office building fires; electrical equipment failures; pipeline accidents; hazardous materials spills; historic waste disposal practices; and alleged non-compliance with federal and state regulations applicable to manufacturers and recyclers.

Mr. McGovern has successfully represented corporate officers alleged to have violated criminal provisions of the Federal Clean Water Act, and has conducted “in house” investigations on behalf of boards of directors, in connection with claims by EPA against corporate officers and managers. 

Prior to joining Obermayer in 1990, Mr. McGovern was senior counsel in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., where he served as litigation team leader in high priority enforcement cases brought under Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. While with the Justice Department, Mr. McGovern was one of the government’s principal litigators in numerous cases of national significance.

Before joining the Environmental Enforcement Section, Mr. McGovern served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

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Licensed for 46 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 02/26/2023
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1977
Updated 06/08/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 03/16/2023

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Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2101


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Work Experience

  • Attorney; Chairman Environmental Law Department
  • Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
  • 1990 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Baskin Flaherty Elliott & Mannino
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Senior Counsel
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney, District of Massachusetts
  • 1980 - 1984
  • Trial Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Land and Natural Resources Division
  • 1979 - 1980
  • Assistant Counsel
  • Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • 1977 - 1979
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  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • BRO-TECH Corporation t/a the Purolite Company. v. THERMAX, INC., 2010 WL 147921 (E.D.Pa. 2010)
  • BRO-TECH Corporation t/a the Purolite Company. v. THERMAX, INC., 651 F. Supp.2d 378 (E.D.Pa. 2009)
  • BRO-TECH Corporation t/a the Purolite Company. v. THERMAX, INC., 2009 WL 737349 (E.D.Pa. 2009)


  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, MD
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Cystic Fibrosis Patient and Family Advisory Board, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
  • Member
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  • World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
  • Cabinet Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee
  • Programs Vice Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Handling Environmental Opportunities & Challenges with Local Municipalities in a Post-Robinson World
  • Environmental Opportunities
  • 2014

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Philadelphia Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Joseph J McGovern
Joseph J McGovern
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 46 years