Joseph A. Drazek, Retired Partner


Joe Drazek's practice focused on regulatory and litigation matters within the Firm's Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group and spanned a variety of industries including manufacturers, mining companies, high technology companies, financial institutions, industrial laundry services, environmental testing laboratories, water companies and real estate developers. Mr. Drazek's experience included:

  • Representation of clients in state and federal Superfund sites.
  • Represented developer of large master planned community in connection with the siting of a 500kV transmission line.
  • Counseled manufacturing clients on hazardous and solid waste issues.
  • Represented steel manufacturing company in state enforcement action of clean air act and water quality violations.
  • Represented environmental testing laboratory in state license revocation action.
  • Represented national retailer in lease of contaminated property.
  • Represented real estate developer in connection with waste water disposal issues.
  • Represented clients on underground storage tank removal and clean-ups.
  • Represented real estate developers in development of contaminated properties.
  • Represented school districts in connection with asbestos removal issues.
  • Represented municipality in connection with environmental group's appeal of aquifer protection permit for a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Represented mining company in state enforcement action concerning violations of aquifer protection permit.
  • Represented mining company in lawsuit by private landowner for off-site releases of contaminants.
  • Advised clients regarding environmental and regulatory issues relating to the construction and operation of renewable energy projects.

Education and Honors

  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1981)
  • University of Chicago (M.S., 1978)
  • University of Michigan (B.S., 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Arizona
  • Illinois (Inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Member; Former Chair, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section)
  • Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission (Member)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Natural Resources and Administrative Law Sections)
  • State Bar of California (Member, Natural Resources Subsection)
  • State Bar of Illinois (Member)
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (Former Member, Air Quality Policy Committee)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Arizona’s Top Lawyers list by AZ Business Magazine (2014: Energy and Natural Resources)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2009-2019: Environmental)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2019: Environmental Law / Litigation - Environmental / Natural Resources Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
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