Louis A. Naugle



  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1975, J.D.
  • Williams College, 1972, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York

Lou has been active in the area of environmental law since 1975. His practice includes both litigation and environmental counseling and due diligence, including brownfields development. He has extensive litigation experience in permitting and compliance/enforcement proceedings and has represented clients in civil enforcement and criminal investigation proceedings in New York, Ohio, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Lou also devotes a significant part of his practice to counseling clients on compliance, corrective action and permitting questions involving air, water, residual/hazardous waste, PCBs, underground storage tanks, wetlands, and Marcellus Shale matters. He regularly provides environmental due diligence assistance for clients, including lending institutions, and has been involved in conducting environmental due diligence in transactions encompassing the transfer of industrial and commercial property in more than 40 states, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and the Pacific Rim. Lou has extensive experience assisting a diverse mix of clients, including colleges, economic development agencies, private developers, charitable foundations, and commercial and industrial companies, in remediating brownfield sites under Pennsylvania's "Act 2" Program. He has also represented and advised clients on state voluntary clean-up programs, transfer acts, and disclosure obligations throughout the continental United States.

Employment History

  • 1988 - Reed Smith
  • 1986 - Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear
    • Partner
  • 1984 - New York State Department of Law, Environmental Protection Bureau
    • Assistant Attorney General
  • 1975 - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Bureau of Litigation
    • Chief of Litigation Unit in Harrisburg (1982-1984)

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (since 1993) and is currently included in the areas of Environmental Law and Litigation–Environmental
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading environmental lawyers (2003-present)
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004-2014); also included in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Environmental Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – Member of Section on Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law