The Merit Award for Service to the Environmental Industry was established in 1995 to honor a senior level individual in the environmental industry in recognition of their meritorious service, leadership, and dedication to the quality of the environment and to the development of the environmental industry in New England.
To honor and acknowledge the special contribution of Stephen G. Lewis to the environmental industry, a resolution of the Board of Directors on October 2, 2000, advanced the name of this award to the Stephen G. Lewis Environmental Merit Award for Service to the Environmental Industry.View Past Award Winners
Award Recipient: Robert D. Cox, Jr., Outgoing Chair, EBC Board of Directors; Managing Shareholder, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
In Recognition of Meritorious Service, Leadership and Dedication to Improving the Quality of the Environment and to the Development of the Environmental – Energy Industry in New England
Bob Cox is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years of experience helping clients with complex, technically challenging environmental compliance and enforcement actions. Bob counsels primarily businesses, public utilities and municipal authorities in water, air, hazardous waste and solid waste matters before EPA, MassDEP and municipal regulatory boards. He represents clients in cost recovery claims in private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA in state and federal courts. He counsels clients on issues of concern to landowners and developers, such as clean-up cost uncertainties, brownfields redevelopment, environmental use restrictions or limitations, and risks associated with emerging contaminants. He has extensive experience advising and defending clients before local boards with respect to license and permitting issues. He also has significant experience in NPDES water permitting, including appeals of NPDES permits, as well as administrative appeals and hearings on MassDEP issued permits.
Bob is recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts. Last year, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). He is also singled out for his expertise in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, where he has been chosen for inclusion since 2004.
Bob is Managing Partner at Bowditch. He is Chair of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the outgoing Chair of the Environmental Business Council of New England.
Presenting the Award:
Thomas A. Mackie, Shareholder
Mackie Shea Durning, P.C.