Mitchell Klein resolves complicated environmental disputes. His background as a prosecutor and government trial attorney gives him unique insight into the objectives and strategies employed by government regulators, and his creative approaches typically allow his clients to obtain beneficial resolutions to their problems without large transactional costs.
Mitchell’s reputation for honesty and fairness helps make governmental regulators and attorneys willing to work with him to explore creative solutions, and his reputation for an aggressive and dogged defense serves as the counterweight that helps his clients achieve their goals.
With 30 years of trial experience, Mitchell counsels clients in a wide variety of environmental and natural resource legal issues. He has extensive experience working with many state and federal agencies in all areas of natural resource and environmental law. Mitchell’s experience also includes litigation pursuant to the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Hazardous and Solid Waste regulations, and Superfund liability. He represents clients with administrative, permitting and corporate compliance issues.
Prior to re-entering private practice, Mitchell was an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona for nearly ten years during which time he served as chief counsel for the Civil Unit of the Environmental Enforcement Section and was responsible for all environmental enforcement actions taken by the state. Mitchell is a judge pro tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court.
Assisted with a comprehensive range of environmental liability concerns for a Tennessee mineral processor at a CERCLA site
Represented national railroad client who was sued in federal court for $24 million in contribution claims
Resolved litigation brought against an international mineral extractor and processor by a county and flood control district
Represented a national manufacturer in a state Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permit dispute by helping the client avoid a prolonged litigation battle that would have impacted operational capacity
After the EPA sought $600,000 for a single series of violations at a single facility, represented regional mineral processor by directing a multi-media audit and response at multiple facilities
Represented national manufacturer in resolving state multi-media enforcement action
Represented local wastewater treatment provider in negotiating an administrative order that resolved all claims
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1982)
University of Illinois (B.A., 1979)
American Bar Association
Arizona State Bar Association
Environment and Natural Resources Section, Past President