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Robert Matthews
Robert A. Matthews
Senior Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5395 rmatthews@cov.com Download V-card

Bob Matthews is an environmental attorney with four decades of experience representing clients in litigation, counseling, and public policy matters across a broad spectrum of U.S. and international environmental laws and regulations.

Mr. Matthews has extensive environmental litigation experience, including major environmental tort claims, CERCLA cost recovery and contribution claims. He has also served as lead litigation counsel for numerous Superfund site joint defense groups.

  • Burn Pit MDL: Serves as lead defense counsel in Metzgar v. KBR, where 250 plaintiffs in 42 states allege injury from exposure to burn pit emissions during deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. In connection with this litigation: conducted a fact-finding mission in Iraq and argued dismissal motions based on contractor-on-the-battlefield immunity defenses before the District Court and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant: Defended government contractor in environmental tort matter arising at government munitions facility. Conducted examination of experts on hydrogeology, air dispersion modeling, and worker exposure at Daubert hearing.
  • Lead litigation counsel for multiple CERCLA joint defense groups: Kin-Buc Landfill (NJ); Lone Pine Landfill (NJ); Anglo Metals (TX); Clothier and Volney Landfill (NY).
  • Public Policy: Testified before Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (2011) and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy (2014) on behalf of Consumer Specialty Products Association in support of reforms to TSCA, and before the Subcommittee on Water Resources of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation (1983) on behalf of Chemical Manufacturers Association on Clean Water Act reauthorization.
  • Special Environmental Counsel: Represented Fortune 500 company in $500 million acquisition of Big Three auto maker business unit. 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Environmental Crimes and Enforcement Committee, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section

Previous Experience

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement Division of the Region II Office, Staff Attorney
  • Union Carbide Corporation's Chemicals & Plastics Group, Environmental Counsel 
  • Legal 500 US, Environment - Litigation (2016-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law (2015)