Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Michael C. Mentel has joined the firm’s Columbus office as a partner in the Environmental group.
Mentel is the former Columbus City Council President and has represented a wide variety of clients in both private and public sectors for nearly 30 years. He focuses his practice in the areas of environmental law, renewable energy, regulatory compliance, government relations and contract law.
In addition to serving in the private sector as corporate general counsel to large environmental consulting firms and as chief legal officer to the largest solid waste authority in Ohio, Mentel served as a supervising attorney to the Ohio EPA, overseeing the enforcement of Ohio’s remediation and superfund sites. He negotiated Administrative Consent Orders on behalf of the agency to resolve remedial liability for hazardous substance disposal violations at sites in Ohio. Mentel also actively served on the initial Ohio EPA team to draft and write the law that became the Voluntary Action Program in Ohio. He has represented major corporations on federal and Ohio Clean Water Act violations in both administrative and judicial settings. Mentel also has extensive experience with Ohio’s solid waste laws, RCRA and commerce clause issues relating to the transportation of solid and hazardous waste and other materials.
Mentel received his J.D. from Capital University School of Law in 1987 and his B.A. from Capital University in 1984. He took graduate courses at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, through the University of San Diego in 1985.