WILLIAM T. SESSION     

Mr. Session concentrates his practice in the area of environmental law.

Experience
Mr. Session is the Managing Partner of The Session Law Firm.

Mr. Session has represented clients in a wide variety of environmental law related cases. He has represented principal defendants in multi-defendant Superfund enforcement actions, including USA vs. Conservation Chemical Company , USA v. Morrison-Quirk Grain Corporation and Farmland v. Morrison-Quirk Grain Corporation. The latter two cases involved releases of hazardous substances at grain-handling facilities, and the resolution of environmental liabilities associated with those releases with federal and state authorities and private parties in judicial and administrative forums. He has represented secondary defendants in a number of other Superfund cases around the United States. Mr. Session has represented parties in jury-tried private cost recovery actions, citizen suit cases and common law environmental damage lawsuits.

Mr. Session has also managed Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permitting requirements for a large metal working company, a major university, a major city in the United States as well as other industrial concerns. During the last 25 years, Mr. Session has worked with a broad cross-section of federal, state and local environmental statutes including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and underground storage tank statutes in more than ten states.

Mr. Session has represented industrial clients requiring multi-location environmental assessments and public sector entities involved in a wide variety of environmental compliance and litigation issues. Most recently, Mr. Session represented a variety of clients threatened with criminal sanctions under federal environmental statutes. He has also represented clients in contribution and indemnity actions involving environmentally impaired property and has broad experience in toxic tort litigation. Mr. Session's environmental practice has also involved working with OSHA related issues.

Professional Associations
Mr. Session is very active in national, regional and local legal associations. Mr. Session was formerly Currently, he is Chair-Elect of the Lawyers Conference Committee of the Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association; formerly served as Chairman of the Missouri Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Bar Committee; the Chairman of The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as a Director of the Missouri Bar Environmental Law Committee; Vice President of the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation; the environmental law editor for the Missouri Lawyer's Weekly; and President-Elect of American Judicature Society. Formerly, he served as the Chairman of the Missouri Bar Tort Law and Insurance Law Committees. Mr. Session was recently elected a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Mr. Session is a frequent speaker at seminars held throughout the United States on environmental issues and has been a lecturer for the National Association of Realtors, The National Association of College and University Attorneys and other national associations. Mr. Session is also a faculty member of regional and national trial advocacy programs sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Justice System Improvement Activities
Study Committee Member of the American Bar Association "Preparing the Record on Appeal:  Study and Guidelines for Solving Common Problems" Project

Former Chair of The Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Chair-Elect of the Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division

Chair of Lawyers Conference/Judicial Administration Division "Standards for Admissibility of Technologically-Sophisticated Evidence" Committee

Western District of Missouri Civil Justice Reform Act Committee

Panelist AJS/Lawyers Conference Presidential Showcase Program on Judicial Merit Selection ABA Mid-Year Meeting, San Francisco, CA 1992

Education
Mr. Session received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law in 1977. He also received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Business in 1974.

Community Activities
Former board member of Opportunities Industrialization Center of Kansas City, former board member of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, former board member of Heart of America Boy Scout Council, former board member of Big Brothers of Kansas City, former board member of The City of Kansas City Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, former board member of the Jackson County Tax Increment Financing Commission and a former board member of Hyde Park Homeowners Association.

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