Paul Dicharry’s practice covers a broad range of environmental and administrative law matters, including regulatory and legislative drafting, contracting, compliance, and litigation. Issues handled include permitting and compliance under all media (air, water, waste) regulated by federal and state environmental programs, as well as assessment and impact statements, wetlands (permits, compliance and mitigation banking), endangered species, natural resource damages, OSHA process safety management, and oil and gas projects. He has led complex remediation and environmental due diligence teams in several multi-million dollar projects, domestic and international, and regularly supervises compliance and self-evaluation audits for clients.
Mr. Dicharry has represented clients before federal and state courts, as well as federal and state environmental and natural resource agencies, across the Gulf Coast. In addition to frequent representation of clients in response to enforcement actions, he has coordinated multidisciplinary teams for joint defense in litigation arising out of contaminated sites, directed the defense in multi-media enforcement, and negotiated settlements covering multiple-facility operations.
Before his legal career, Mr. Dicharry served as Assistant Dean, Admissions & Records, Loyola University of the South (1971-73) and as Environmental Protection Specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard, Eighth District (1973-1981). In the latter position, he was a member of several inter-agency wetland evaluation teams established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Dicharry is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a former Chairman of the Association’s Environmental Law Section. He is a former member of the adjunct faculty at Tulane University School of Law and has lectured frequently on environmental topics, both in the United States and abroad. He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Louisiana Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA.