MVP: Blank Rome's Robert Scott
Blank Rome Partner Robert Scott is profiled in Law360's 2017 MVP series. In his interview, Mr. Scott reveals his proudest moment, offers advice to aspiring environmental attorneys, and reflects on his biggest accomplishment and biggest challenge of this year.
Blank Rome LLP’s Robert Scott had a hand in a number of important environmental matters this year, including leading the defense of Eastman Chemical Co. in a West Virginia coal-processing chemical spill class action and helping secure the development of a $6 billion ethane gas complex in western Pennsylvania for a Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit, earning him a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Environmental MVPs.
The Shell matter was a big feather in Scott’s cap as he oversaw and managed Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC’s defense of an appeal of the company’s Clean Air Act permit for the planned $6 billion Appalachian petrochemical complex in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The facility will include an ethane cracker with an average ethylene production capacity of about 1.5 million tons a year, which would be supplied by Shell’s newly discovered holdings in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.
In addition to his work for Eastman and Shell, Scott is continuing work on a series of cases in the toxic tort, product liability, personal injury and environmental litigation area defending energy companies from claims that employees contracted blood cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals.
“Accomplishments in a trial practice are, more often than not, measured over a course of several years rather than a single year,” Scott said. “Over the course of the last few years and particularly this last year, we have developed our Philadelphia blood-and-lymph-system cancer docket. Incorporating some of my Philadelphia colleagues into our established docket and having the benefit of their fresh perspective has been very gratifying.”
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"MVP: Blank Rome's Robert Scott," by Juan Carlos Rodriguez was published in Law360 on December 18, 2017.