Press Release

Erik Baptist, Former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Joins Wiley Rein’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice

June 5, 2019

Washington, DC — Wiley Rein LLP announced today that Erik C. Baptist, former Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law and Policy in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has joined the firm’s Environment & Product Regulation Practice as a partner.

“Erik’s broad experience – which includes toxics and pesticides, clean air, renewable fuel standards, and enforcement litigation and regulation – will bring tremendous advantages to our clients across numerous industries,” said Environment & Product Regulation Practice chair Tracy Heinzman.

At the EPA, Erik helped build the regulatory regime and implement the policies for the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the first major changes in environmental law since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. He also provided oversight of the EPA’s significant pesticide decisions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“It is a pleasure to welcome Erik to Wiley Rein,” said Managing Partner Peter D. Shields. “Erik’s addition expands the strengths of our highly regarded Environment & Product Regulation Team, and his unique insights will help clients anticipate and respond to regulatory changes in these highly complex areas of the law.”

As Senior Deputy General Counsel at the EPA – his position prior to being elevated to Deputy Assistant Administrator – Mr. Baptist provided legal oversight of the agency’s most significant rulemakings and served as its lead oversight attorney, representing key witnesses before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and responding to congressional requests.

Prior to joining the EPA, Mr. Baptist was Senior Counsel at the American Petroleum Institute (API). Over his six-year tenure at the association, he conducted judicial, regulatory, and legislative advocacy on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Baptist also previously worked for two years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement. He began his career as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of an Am Law 100 law firm.

Mr. Baptist received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he served on The George Washington International Law Review. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and a judicial intern for Judge Eric Washington of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He received his B.A., with honors, from Vanderbilt University.

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Patricia O'Connell
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