Barry P. Steinberg

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Mr. Steinberg is a former Chief of the U.S. Army Environmental Law Division and former Chief of the U.S. Army Litigation Division at the Pentagon. He concentrates in national security matters associated with environmental contamination, military personnel, base closures and reuse and related issues.

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  • Mr. Steinberg served as a military judge, presiding over several thousand courts-martial. In his two assignments at the Pentagon, Mr. Steinberg served as the chief judge advocate personnel officer; a litigation branch chief for military personnel, civil litigation; and Chief of the Army's Litigation Division, where he was responsible for contract, military and civilian personnel and tort litigation brought against the Army and its agents.
  • Mr. Steinberg was the senior uniformed lawyer responsible for environmental litigation involving Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant and other civil and criminal litigation, including toxic torts, environmental crimes, environmental liability of government contractors and state environmental enforcement authority concerning federal facilities.

Barry Steinberg is a retired Army colonel who served at senior legal positions overseas and in the Pentagon. For his last three years on active duty, he served as the chief of the Army’s Litigation Division and then as the Army’s first chief of the Environmental Law Division, personally briefing the creation of that Division to the Secretary Of The Army. He was lead agency counsel in litigation at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado involving contamination of the local aquifer that resulted from Army activities and those of its tenant, Shell Oil Company.

Before and after his retirement from active duty, he has been involved in representation of municipalities and corporate entities with respect to contamination emanating from the manufacture and use of weapons, explosives, ammunition and targets. The contaminants include TNT and its variations, lead projectiles, PAH contaminated skeets, RDX, nitroguanidine, depleted uranium and black powder. Many of these issues arose at current or former government-owned, contractor-operated facilities, where the contractor has contingent liability as an operator. Such remediation liability, under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), is without fault and frequently excluded from comprehensive general liability insurance coverage.

His practice includes negotiation of pollution legal liability insurance policies; representation of responsible parties in litigation and settlement with EPA, DOJ, and private parties; and negotiation with state environmental regulatory agencies related to the remediation of former military installations. In that regard, he frequently addresses issues associated with the historical use of munitions, the remnants of which may remain on the installation.