Randy Lutz brings to Pessin Katz Law, P.A. (PK Law) more than three decades of extensive experience in environmental law. He focuses his practice in brownfield redevelopments; environmental permitting and compliance, including counseling clients on regulatory issues with state and federal environmental agencies; litigation of environmental claims; and environmental enforcement defense. He has substantial experience in land use and the oil and gas industry.
Prior to reentering private practice, Randy served in various public positions, including working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Maryland’s Attorney General’s Office where he was Principal Counsel to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which included the environmental regulatory programs at that time.
As former Director of the EPA’s nationwide criminal enforcement program, Randy was responsible for helping to establish the program at the EPA. He reviewed and approved all criminal investigations and referrals for prosecution, and developed national policies and priorities with respect to federal enforcement. His work with the EPA earned him the EPA’s Bronze Medal for outstanding public service.
Prior to his service with the EPA, Randy served for nine years as Principal Counsel and as Assistant Attorney General of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.
Randy is frequently asked to write and speak on a range of environmental and economic development issues. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental and Natural Resources and has been recognized by Corporate Counsel as one of the top lawyers for Energy/Public Utility, Environmental and Natural Resources Law in the state of Maryland.
Randy is admitted to practice in Maryland and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fourth, Third and D.C. U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Most recently, Randy has represented clients in a variety of environmental matters, including:
- Redevelopment of Sparrows Point, the 3,100 acre former Bethlehem Steel plant, facility and port.
- Redevelopment of the former Allied-Signal chrome plant into a 27-acre mixed-use waterfront office, retail, residential and recreational project in downtown Baltimore.
- Redevelopment of a former Exxon refinery and tank farm into a 30+ acre upscale shopping center including a Target and Harris Teeter.
- Redevelopment of former General Motors assembly plant into 1.8 million sq. ft. Amazon.com Fulfillment and Sort Center
- CERCLA cost recovery action against the former owners of a large paint plant.
- Defend RCRA suit involving allegations of methane migration.
- Defend municipality in CERCLA suit for chemicals leaking from sewers.
- Settlement of CERCLA cost recovery claim for arsenic contamination at residential community.
- Evaluation of potential CERCLA cost recovery action against large former military installation.
- Defense of criminal charges for allegedly filing false environmental reports.
- Defense of lead paint personal injury lawsuit.
- University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
- University of Maryland, B.S. with high honors
Memberships and Affiliations
- Former Chairman, Environmental Section, Maryland State Bar Association
- Former Chairman, Northeast Hazardous Waste Project
- Former President and Life-Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of Maryland
- University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, Alumni Chapter Advisory Board
- Brown School of Business Advisory Board, Stevenson University
- Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation, 1995 -2020
- Best Lawyers in America – Environmental Law – Lawyer of the Year, 2015 and 2017
- Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2020
- Selected “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental Law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
- Named “Top Lawyers for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law” Corporate Counsel, 2009 – 2020
- Awarded commendation medal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1984-1987
- Warren Williams Speakers Award Recipient, American Psychiatric Association
- Advocate of the Year Award, Mental Health Association of Maryland