FRANK DEVEAU serves as co-chair of Taft's Environmental Practice and represents clients in relation to all aspects of environmental law. He advises and defends clients in relation to environmental litigation involving private parties, and federal and state government. He has assisted clients in administrative proceedings, obtaining and maintaining compliance with solid and hazardous waste permits, air permits, CFO, CAFO and water discharge permits. Mr. Deveau authored The Indiana Guide to Underground Storage Tanks (Published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce) which has been utilized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and private practitioners throughout Indiana. He also routinely advises clients in relation to issues involving underground storage tank compliance and liability. Mr. Deveau advises clients in relation to environmental issues relating to property transfers, with projects ranging from multi-million dollar industrial sites to commercial properties. He also acts as a registered lobbyist with Indiana General Assembly regarding environmental matters.
A significant amount of Mr. Deveau’s work has involved obtaining insurance funds to pay for the remediation of contaminated sites and the defense of claims involving environmental issues. He has also represented insurers in disputes with reinsurers and in relation to insurance liquidation proceedings.
Mr. Deveau has been involved in a number of complex Superfund/CERCLA cases in several states and has served as common counsel in cases involving multiple PRPs.
Mr. Deveau also frequently serves as a mediator of litigation involving environmental and insurance disputes.
Mr. Deveau graduated from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, (summa cum laude) in 1980. He has been honored by inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1991 and by being named an Indiana Super Lawyer by the publisher of Law & Politics magazine. He has taught environmental law at Butler University and has lectured on environmental law at the Holcomb Institute, the Indiana University School of Law (Indianapolis) and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Bloomington).