Since 1977, Mr. Blase has been engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he has accumulated a wide range of experience under state and federal laws governing health, safety and the environment, transportation, food and drugs, trade, energy and public and Indian lands. His practice focuses on administrative approvals, rulemaking and related litigation, as well as legislation, permitting, enforcement, counseling and government relations in these and other regulatory areas. In recent years, Mr. Blase has represented clients before Congress, administrative agencies or the courts in major matters involving:
- Air quality standards (indoor and outdoor), permitting and enforcement;
- Greenhouse gas legislation and regulation;
- Occupational and mine safety & health standards and enforcement;
- Regulation of fuels, including fossil and biofuels;
- Water quality and drinking water standards, permitting and enforcement, including wetlands issues;
- Hazardous and solid waste rulemaking, permitting and enforcement;
- Rulemaking, testing, reporting and compliance under toxic chemical requirements;
- NEPA analyses and litigation;
- Reporting of chemical releases;
- Food and medical device regulation, including laboratory and clinical testing;
- CPSC and FTC regulation and enforcement;
- Federal highway and transit legislation, funding and litigation;
- Airline and trucking regulation;
- Energy legislation, regulation and funding;
- Public and Indian lands issues, including Indian gaming and environmental issues;
- Customs and trade regulation and litigation;
- Stimulus and other federal grant writing;
- Representation of foreign governments.
Mr. Blase specializes in strategies for management of complex regulatory issues involving multiple agencies, Congress and related toxic tort or product liability litigation. He provided the legal framework for the highly acclaimed product stewardship programs for refractory ceramic fibers and siloxanes, among others, and served as General Counsel to the Center for North American Energy Security. He has appeared as counsel in over 30 pending or reported federal cases, in addition to many other unreported cases, most of which involve judicial review of regulations or other agency actions. He also has substantial experience with regulatory matters in the European Union, various member states and other foreign jurisdictions.
Mr. Blase received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1979 (Georgetown Law Journal); and B.A. from Clemson University in 1975 (cum laude). He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, the D.C. Court of Appeals and various federal district courts.